Dish Network, a satellite TV service company, is now bringing you the same service from the web via DishOnline.com. With the rise of the Internet and popular sites such as YouTube and Hulu, and services such as the iTunes and Zune video stores, people are changing how they wish to view content.
The New York Times reports that beginning Tuesday, subscribers of Dish Network will have the ability to watch TV and rent movies, all from their browser. Several of the networks that have partnered with Dish already include: Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, SyFy, Discovery, USA, Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC, and MTV. With the wide variety of channels that can be watched anywhere, Dish Network may finally overtake DirectTV and become the number one satellite TV provider with the new online service.
In addition to watching TV and streaming movies everywhere, you can also stream what is on your DVR and you can program it too. Dish Network will let you program your DVR from a computer, iPhone, iPod Touch, and other devices. All that is required is a subscription to the Dish Network service and from there you can choose where you wish to view all of the content. These DVR-specific features do require the set-top box to be connected to the Internet. If that is not the case for you, Dish will still let you stream content purely online without the DVR benefits.
While obtaining online rights to TV networks has never been easy, Dish Network has made the stride and come out in a strong lead over other online solutions. A few concerns by channel providers include the security of the login system, how many logins are allowed per account, and the advertisements shown online.