Users who have long waited to receive satellite television on their smartphones may not have to wait much longer as Dish Network are apparently taking advantage of their sister company — Sling Media — to bring the technology to iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices that run iOS4 aswell as BlackBerry and Android devices.
We first touched on the subject in March, when speculation first started appearing about the technology. But details now seem to have emerged that Sling Media are set to offer the service to subscribers which will allow them to receive satellite television via their mobile devices.
The good news for current subscribes is that there will be no extra cost for the service, but there are some things you need to do before signing up.
You must either acquire a Sling Media SlingBox that retails for $180-$300. Or to upgrade your Dish DVR to the new receivers that include the embedded SlingBox technology. These usually cost within the range of $200-$400. Maybe the additional $10 per month the customers have to pay for multiple DVR services will sway their decision into purchasing a SlingBox instead of upgrading.
So where does the smartphone fit into all this?
Applications will be made available to most Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices that will allow the subscribers to remotely watch and change channels, and is expected to be released around September. The application for the Android OS is set to launch in October.
Will you be participating in this service?