Friday, October 30, 2009
One of the most popular examples of Dish Network's improved mobility technology is the Sling Box. This device can be integrated into your home entertainment center and actually transmit TV programming over the Internet to your laptop computer or mobile phone. There are several different models of the Sling Box available, but with the right one, you'll be able to watch TV live or TV that's been recorded on your DVR through any of a variety of mobile devices.
The applications of a Sling Box through Dish Network are varied and impressive. For example, if you're a journalist you probably travel a lot, but have to keep up with the news in general. With a Sling Box at home and a smart phone or a laptop computer, you'll be able to use travel time to keep up with the world's news. Anywhere there's an Internet connection that you can access- including airports, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, hotels, and now even many planes- you'll be able to either watch the live TV of your choice or work through the content that has already been recorded on your DVR! This can really increase the efficiency of a traveling professional who needs to stay informed. TV enthusiasts who are forced to travel a lot will also appreciate this service for similar reasons.
Dish Network also offers another option for people who want to watch TV content while they're on the move, but who don't have the consistent Internet access required for a Sling Media device. This option is the PocketDish. The PocketDish is a hand held, battery operated, computerized multimedia device. With one important exception, the PocketDish isn't that much different from other portable media devices and that exception is the fact that it can download recorded video content directly from a Dish Network DVR and store that video on its own hard drive so that the video can be watched just about anywhere! This technology basically expansion of DVR technology with an emphasis on mobility. The fact that all of the video is right there on the PocketDish's hard drive eliminates the need for a satellite signal and Internet access so that you can watch TV wherever you want. The ability to store dozens of hours of Dish Network video on the built in hard drive (and many more hours if recorded by the PocketDish from another source) makes this device a more or less self contained entertainment center in miniature. It can be used in the middle of a city or while camping with equal ease and enjoyment, making it a form of technology that you can get excited about!
The Sling Box and the PocketDish are two examples of how Dish Network can be made more mobile.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The most common way of accessing Dish Network is through a regular subscription. This means you choose a programming package and accessory technologies, and you pay by the month. You may have a commitment of a certain number of months, depending on exactly what you sign up for, and in exchange, you can expect a set price and continuous service for those months. For most people, this method of accessing TV service works out well. If you have a good credit history, know that you can pay the bill each month, and want to keep on getting service continuosly, this option can save you money and be a convenient way of getting service.
However, for some people, the commitment to paying for Dish Network service each month is not appealing. This may be for many reasons, such as moving a lot, not having a stellar credit history, not wanting the commitment of TV service, or any number of things. For this reason Dish Network also offers prepaid TV service. How this works is the customer purchases a card for a set amount of money, which can then be redeemed for a month of TV service. So, if you want to get a programming package for one month, you just purchase a card that covers the cost of that package, redeem the card, and start enjoying programming. It is very simple and only requires the card and regular satellite TV equipment. This can also be used as a temporary measure when you are living somewhere for a short time and want TV, but don't want to go through the whole hassle of getting long term service set up.
The flexibility of being able to choose either regular payment or paying in advanced makes it easier to enjoy Dish Network satellite TV. Since both options are offered, the company is able to appeal to a larger segment of the population and to keep customers whose life circumstances have changed. Since it is so easy to use the prepaid Dish Network TV option, people who have received regular service can even use the prepaid option for a while before getting back onto regular service when they get more settled. Prepaid is also a good way for young people just starting out in life to get TV service without having to worry about the longer term commitment.
While most people will continue to seek the regular service because of its larger number of options and easier maintenance over time, the option of prepaid TV service through Dish Network is a valuable service that provides many people with a good opportunity to get flexible, affordable TV service.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
In order to see how much better satellite TV is, all you have to do is look at Dish Network and all that it has to offer compared to cable TV. Dish Network provides about a thousand total channels compared to the roughly two hundred and fifty offered by the typical cable TV company. They both might have about the same sized premium programming packages, but the difference is that the biggest programming package that a cable TV offers is pretty much all of the channels that it has in total! The fact that Dish Network's top of the line programming package happens to be about the same size as the cable TV industry's top of the line programming packages has more to do with that figure being the maximum number of channels that most households can use rather than what Dish Network is limited to providing.
The difference in total number of channels that Dish Network can provide and what cable TV technology can provide translates into a much greater diversity of programming packages being available through Dish Network. For example, in addition to the mainstream, English language content that Dish Network and the cable TV industry both provide, Dish Network also offers foreign language programming in the form of channels and programming packages from all over the world and in at least twenty different languages including, but not limited to, Urdu, Vietnamese, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Korean, several dialects of Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and Hebrew.
There are also lots of kinds of sports programming that you won't necessarily be able to get through cable TV. For example, Dish Network offers seasonal sports subscriptions that provide one or two channels that are devoted to comprehensive coverage of the sport of your choice. We're talking every regular season game in the league or leagues covered by the service! For example, MLB Extra Innings covers all of the games in both the American and National baseball leagues! Some subscriptions even include playoffs. Especially when you look at the variety of different sports that are covered through seasonal sports subscriptions from Dish Network, you really just can't get that degree of choice through cable TV.
Cost is also a big deal when it comes to choosing a TV service provider and that's all the more true these days! Dish Network beats out cable TV on the basis of cost alone. Cable TV is much more expensive than the equivalent package from Dish Network. That alone should be enough of a reason to go with satellite TV instead of cable.
When you look at all of the advantages that a satellite TV provider such as Dish Network can provide for you over cable TV, it should be clear that it's the superior way to get the programming you need.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
TV technology is changing at an astounding pace. Of course, that is not surprising, considering that all technologies seem to be changing so quickly these days. However, this seems to be especially true with telecommunications technologies, especially television. In a few short years, we have gone from analog standard definition TV to digital, HD, with the ability to use DVR and interactive options to make it more flexible.
When you look at what Dish Network offers, you can really see the recent changes in TV technology. You will find the usual assortment of programming packages in standard definition, but you will also find a lot of other options that are fairly new on the radar. Among some of the best new technologies are the proliferation of HD entertainment, the DVR, on demand, and other interactive TV.
While HD is not really new any longer, it still is in its beginning stages. In fact, many TV companies aren't even able to offer that many HD channels. Dish Network, however, has been breaking through the barriers to providing HD entertainment and now has over 100 HD channels. Because there are a large number of high def channels through Dish Network, it is now possible to watch a large portion of your entertainment in high def format. Plus, HD is no longer limited to just sports and movies. While there are still plenty of these favorites, there are also now sitcoms, music videos, cartoons, educational programs, and a lot more.
The DVR has also really taken off through Dish Network. While the DVR has been around for a while, the new models now have more features than they used to. One of the biggest changes is to the amount of recording space available. Older models had limited capacity for storage of video, but these newer ones have up to 300 hours. What is even more amazing is that they can be connected to external hard drives, which provide a way to create virtually unlimited storage space. This has made it possible to eliminate the need to get rid of recorded programming in order to make room for new programming, which is great for anyone who likes to create video libraries or who is busy and sometimes has trouble getting around to watching the shows they have recorded. It also is really helpful for larger households who may find that they really fill up a smaller DVR storage space pretty quickly.
Dish Network's on demand programming is another great technology. This provides a menu of viewing choices that can be accessed at any time. These are available through the program guide menu and can be started and stopped at any time. What is especially great about them is that they can fit into a busy person's schedule really easily since they are completely flexible.
Dish Network's updates on the new technologies are making them better than ever and even easier to use. You will find that each and every one of these technologies has the potential to really make your viewing a lot better and to add a lot to your TV time.