Dish Networks and SlingBox plan to bring streaming digital TV to iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices in September and on phones using Google’s Android system in October, to facilitate consumers to watch live satellite TV on their mobile devices at no extra cost.
Viewers using Dish’s new app can switch channels remotely. But if someone at home is watching one channel, the person using a mobile device elsewhere has to watch same thing, unless the DVR being used has a second tuner. SlingBox also can access programs recorded on your DVR, but the box itself can’t record.
“Subscribers will need special hardware. One option is Sling Media Inc.’s SlingBox, which retails for $180 to $300. Dish subscribers can also pay $200 to $400 to upgrade to Dish’s high-definition digital video recorder with SlingBox features; they’ll need to pay $10 a month for multiple DVR service, but they’ll get recording capabilities with it.”