Dish Network brings live TV to iPad, BlackBerry, Android

Apple iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android - Dish Network mobile TV
Apple iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Android - Dish Network mobile TV

Dish Network will be bringing its live satellite TV services to Apple iOS devices, BlackBerry and Android soon, so you’ll never have to miss The Suite Life of Zack & Cody again.

Dish Network won’t charge a fee for mobile TV access but it will cost you a few extra bones because you’ll need additional hardware than just the standard Dish set-top box. One option that we’re familiar with is the SlingBox media center, which throws television content to your mobile device or laptop over the Internet. You can also upgrade to the Dish Network high-end set-top box which features HD, DVR and SlingBox features.

The ability to watch live satellite TV on your Apple iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android will come through an app. Like other cable providers, Dish already has an Apple iPhone app which allows you to schedule your DVR remotely and check out the programming guide. An update will turn on the mobile TV capabilities and BlackBerry and Android apps will hit soon.

The Apple iPad, in particular, should benefit the most from this ability to watch live Dish Network TV because of its large screen. We’ve found the Apple iPad to be a quality device for watching video with apps like Netflix and ABC but this should just take it up another notch. Check out our iPad video shootout for a closer look at the tablet’s streaming video capabilities.

I’d expect Time Warner and Comcast to shortly follow suit and that could spell disaster for a company like Flo TV, which provides over-the-air TV to a plethora of mobile devices for a monthly fee. The writing is on the wall though, as Qualcomm is reportedly looking to give Flo TV the boot as early as next year.

There’s no exact word on when the Dish mobile TV service will go live but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out, friends.

[Via The Associated Press]

  • Milind Rao

    "The Apple iPad, in particular, should benefit the most from this ability to watch live Dish Network TV because of its large screen"

    Not that the iPhone 4 doesn't have a very good screen, but …

    The Samsung Galaxy S's screen at 4" is bigger than the iPhone 4's 3.5" screen and the super AMOLED screen makes the iPhone's 4's retina display look washed out – especially for video. Compare them side by side and you will notice it. Especially check out the Samsung Vibrant with the built-in Avatar video.

    The HTC EVO, Moto Droid X have 4.3" screens.

  • Boymoto95

    how do u watch the tv on ur phone i got a blackberry curve 8530 will it work on that

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BPBTSMGFSHBP7ASQLIFYRJW65Y Cannabal

    @boymoto – You can download the Dish Remote access app for free for your blackberry. That is just the first part though. You also need to have Dish network service with the box hooked up to the internet or in some cases a phone line. If you have questions on that you can always check all the info out at dishnetwork.com

    DISH Remote Access is wonderful feature allows you to watch you DVR recordings anywhere. Now if you add a sling adapter or have a 922 receiver you can get the TV Everywhere for free for your blackberry, then you would not only be able to watch your DVR but also live TV through your blackberry.

    I could keep going but I have way to much information in my head about the TV everywhere and DRA applications, I have been studying them and working with them for a while since I have been working at dish network.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BPBTSMGFSHBP7ASQLIFYRJW65Y Cannabal

    @boymoto – You can download the Dish Remote access app for free for your blackberry. That is just the first part though. You also need to have Dish network service with the box hooked up to the internet or in some cases a phone line. If you have questions on that you can always check all the info out at dishnetwork.com

    DISH Remote Access is wonderful feature allows you to watch you DVR recordings anywhere. Now if you add a sling adapter or have a 922 receiver you can get the TV Everywhere for free for your blackberry, then you would not only be able to watch your DVR but also live TV through your blackberry.

    I could keep going but I have way to much information in my head about the TV everywhere and DRA applications, I have been studying them and working with them for a while since I have been working at dish network.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BPBTSMGFSHBP7ASQLIFYRJW65Y Cannabal

    @boymoto – You can download the Dish Remote access app for free for your blackberry. That is just the first part though. You also need to have Dish network service with the box hooked up to the internet or in some cases a phone line. If you have questions on that you can always check all the info out at dishnetwork.com

    DISH Remote Access is wonderful feature allows you to watch you DVR recordings anywhere. Now if you add a sling adapter or have a 922 receiver you can get the TV Everywhere for free for your blackberry, then you would not only be able to watch your DVR but also live TV through your blackberry.

    I could keep going but I have way to much information in my head about the TV everywhere and DRA applications, I have been studying them and working with them for a while since I have been working at dish network.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIOYCXQXWK6Z6YEPFJEHEG6IMY Jesus Lopez

    I got the sling link for my DISH reciever and I love it! I can watch TV and my DVR recordings from my phone and other computers. If you don’t have this check it out at my job’s website; dishnetwork.com to get more info on the sling link adapter.

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