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Dish & the iPad

1:15 PM -- Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) passed word along that it has launched its Remote Access app for the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad, following up on the intro of a version for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The iPad app offers much of the same cool stuff (access to the IPG, show searches, remote DVR management), but it's now optimized for the bigger screen. And Dish subs can get it for free, though they'll of course need a high-speed Internet connection. Dish Remote Access is compatible with a range of the company's receivers, including the 512 (SD/DVR), 522, 625, ViP 612, ViP 622, ViP 722, ViP 722k, and ViP 922.

The app also turns the iPad into a remote control, something that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is pursuing as well with its browser-based Xfinity Remote app. (See To Xfinity... & Beyond!)

And Dish's latest iPad effort joins up with its broader TV ambitions, which include "SlingLoaded" receivers and a Web-based video hub. (See Dish Starts Selling 'Sling-Loaded' HD-DVR .)

Here are a couple of screen shots:

Dish iPad Remote

DVR From Afar

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:28:00 PM
re: Dish & the iPad

Dish confirmed an AP report  that it's integrating the Remote Access app with the SlingPlayer Mobile application for free to customers, and that a version is on the way that will sling live programming to the iPad, too.  

No firm date on that yet, but a Dish official says they're shooting for a September release. But that all depends on how quickly things move through the Apple approval process.  You'll of course still need Dish's Sling-loaded box or a standalone Slingbox and a broadband connection to make it all work, but the cool thing is that Dish subs won't have to pay extra for app itself. JB



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