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.