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Dish Network subscribers will soon be able to watch their TV anywhere through PCs and mobile phones, as the satellite TV provider is finally making Sling-enabled DVRs available to its customers, about a year after they were expected to ship. Dish will sell the ViP922 SlingLoaded […]

Dish Network subscribers will soon be able to watch their TV anywhere through PCs and mobile phones, as the satellite TV provider is finally making Sling-enabled DVRs available to its customers, about a year after they were expected to ship. Dish will sell the ViP922 SlingLoaded DVR at a suggested retail price of $699, with leasing options also available to its customers.

The release of the Sling-enabled DVR has been a long time coming: the set-top box was first announced more than a year ago at CES. And its availability comes two and a half years after Echostar bought Sling Media for $380 million.

The SlingLoaded DVR is key to Dish Network’s TV Everywhere strategy, which will enable Dish customers to watch live and recorded TV that they’ve already paid for from PCs and mobile devices such as the iPhone and Blackberrys.

Unlike Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable companies, which are pitching TV Everywhere services through on demand video portals that require authentication, Dish’s approach cuts out the need for service providers and TV programmers to create separate web sites for subscribers to view content. Furthermore, Sling-enabled DVRs will make all linear and recorded video content available to a subscriber on external devices, not just an on-demand library of content that is chosen by cable programmers and dependent on licensing agreements they have with rights holders.

Dish will begin taking orders for the ViP922 SlingLoaded DVR this week. In addition to the $699 initial price point, Dish subscribers will be charged a $10 DVR fee for use of the SlingLoaded DVR, as opposed to the $6 fee for standard DVR usage.

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  1. Davis Freeberg Friday, April 9, 2010

    I must be missing something here? $700 for the box plus their going to charge their own subscribers another $10 per month? This has to be a mistake otherwise the message that they are sending to their customers is to transfer to cable where you won’t have to pay any monthly cost.

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  7. As a DISH employee I have a 722 with a sling adapter. I am able to access TV everywhere. I can use it through my Android phone or through my laptop! I never miss a show and even though my 722 can record, I never have to be the last to see it. It’s amazing how far technology has come.

    Davis, No you do not have to pay for the 922 unless you want the 922. You can use the 722 or the 722k if you have one of these it would only cost for the Sling adapters which is $99.00. There is no month cost!

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