Dish satellite TV subscribers with a Hopper DVR or connected Sling adapter can now receive the Dish Anywhere service feature on Android TV based products using the free Dish Anywhere App.

Dish announced Wednesday that Android TV devices, including many Sony Bravia and some legacy Sharp Aquos TVs in addition to media adapters including AirTV Player, Mi Box and NVIDIA Shield, can now access live and recorded Dish TV programming in addition to video-on-demand selections through the Hopper DVR or Sling adapter.

Owners of such products will be able to access a free Dish Anywhere App from the GooglePlay Store.

Dish Anywhere has been available to Android mobile devices since 2013, but the new update extends that capability to bigger screen devices running the Android TV OS. These products join a host of TVs and adapters that were previously running the Amazon Fire TV OS.

Dish Anywhere was also available on Dish’s Evolve set-back box for hotels, enabling travelers to view their subscribed channels and recordings on their compatible hotel room TV.

Android TV device owners now will be able to access their Dish programming, either at home or on the go.

“Media players provide easy access to video content, so it’s no wonder one-third of U.S. broadband households own these devices,” stated Niraj Desai, Dish product management VP.

Dish provides the Dish Anywhere service to Dish subscribers at no extra cost. In order to access subscribed live, recorded or on-demand Dish programming on remote Android TV device, customers must have on-demand the Dish Anywhere app installed on the remote device, and a Hopper 3, Hopper with Sling, or first-generation Hopper or compatible ViP receivers connected to a Sling adapter. All Dish customers may use Dish Anywhere to watch on-demand titles.

Dish Anywhere is also available on iOS and Kindle Fire HD, as well as through web browsers like Chrome, FireFox, and Microsoft Edge.

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Subscribers to the satellite TV service can access their channels and recordings remotely because the Hopper 3 DVR combines the company’s Sling technology. Other Hopper models can add-on a Sling adapter. To use Sling, Dish subscribers who have installed the Dish Anywhere App on a remote device, will need to have a home WiFi network to send signals from the connected Hopper to remote broadband-connected Android TV devices.

Additionally, subscribers can transfer content from a Hopper 3 with Sling technology to other devices, enabling playback when offline.


By Greg Tarr


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