Dish Network brings their Dish Anywhere app to Amazon Fire TV devices

Dish Network has just released a version of their Dish Anywhere app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This app allows those subscribed to Dish’s traditional satellite TV service to stream all of the same content through the Fire TV. The app doesn’t offer any content at all for non-Dish customers, but for those who do subscribe, you can access all of your live, on demand, and DVRed content.

The very first thing you see when launching the app is an activation code, so you’ll need to be a Dish Network subscriber before you can even see what the app has to offer, yet alone watch anything. The first content screen in the app is the Featured section where the app highlights top content available to view.

Moving past the featured content is the program guide. Here you can see the exact same content accessible through the satellite service. You can select anything currently airing and start viewing live content, however, the content is streamed from your compatible Dish Network satellite box and not from Dish’s servers. This means, to view live content, you will need to have a compatible Hopper satellite box in your home.

The DVR section of the app is fairly straightforward. It allows you to access the recordings on your satellite boxes through a Fire TV device. Again, this will rely on having a compatible satellite box to use.

Unlike the live and DVR sections of the app, the on demand section does not rely on having a Hopper box to view content. So if you have an older satellite receiver, you’ll probably get the most use out of this section. The number of available movies, shows, and episodes will vary greatly depending on the network and series. Some shows have as little as 1 or 2 on demand episodes available, while others will have much more.

Dish Network subscribers will definitely get the most out of the new Dish Anywhere app if they have one of the newer Hopper compatible set-top boxes. That will allow you to view live content from anywhere you have a Fire TV devices, as well as all of your recorded content. Those with a basic satellite receiver will probably be better off activating and using an individual network app with your DIsh subscription.

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12 comments
  1. Carolyn says:

    Does this work in reverse? Can a Fire Stick now be used on Dish?

  2. cessare says:

    Any one can give me dish account ,i can give direct tv and now account and xfinity

  3. cessare says:

    i think it will work Pawdog ,if u have it just let me know

  4. John Andersen says:

    The app works awesome. Depending on the actual dish setup and the number of tuners you can have multiple streaming accounts. I can tell you it plays far better in Canada that either than the Directv option with some simple proxy spoofing instead of a complete VPN.
    BTW I would love to pay for 1/2 of someones Dish subscription. Sometimes being Canadian is a real pain.

  5. Firester says:

    There is a few things they need to incorporate into their app. The app doesn’t let you select or create a favorites list so you don’t have to grow through all the crappy channels. There’s no video window view when going back to guide while watching live tv. When you hit the stop video play button and it goes back to guide, it will put you back on the beginning top of guide, at least for me it did this most of the time. It should throw you back to the channel order area where you were last at. Just a few I have noticed so far.

  6. narc says:

    got excited about this but then i realized i cant watch live tv unless you have a hopper. i think i’d have to sign a new 2 year contract to get new equipment and i dont want to do that. i doubt i will ever use the on demand.

  7. Thrashman says:

    Has anybody got it working on a stick? I can only get on-demand to work. Works fine on my Fire tv box.

    • cessare says:

      Thrashman can u share ur account with me ,if u do i can send some premium accounts such as netflix ,hulu direct tv -now xfinity tidal minercraft i have more premiun working accounts

  8. cessare says:

    Thrashman can u share ur account with me ,if u do i can send some premium accounts such as netflix ,hulu direct tv -now xfinity tidal minercraft i have more premiun working accounts

  9. G says:

    Hi! I cannot download this to my 1st gen fire TV box – on Amazon it says that the fire TV is not a compatible device. what are the requirements to run the dish app?

  10. Lina says:

    I use dish on the firestick and it constantly buffers.way too much. Would that be my wifi connection or the firestick software or the dish app? Thanks!

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