Even though the iPhone version has been out for nearly a year, and the iPad version about five months, neither version of DISH Remote Access have been something that crowds would be scrambling to acquire. However, as of recent, both have finally added significant features worth truly caring about.
Previous features of the apps only included very basic remote control, like setting a recording time for the DVR functionality. That is not to say anyone was complaining about having the ability to record a show if you’re unexpectedly away from home or just forgot to do it before you left, but users really wanted much more.
DVR functionality appears to finally be complete. You can set recording for a single event, recurring events (shows, etc), or even just new episodes. It’s now also possible to manage your DVR library right from your iDevice. Quickly delete already watched shows to free up space, correct any recording conflicts, and adjust any other recording schedule as needed.
Dish Network customers with a ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR or ViP 722 / ViP 722k HD DuoDVR, when used with the optional $99 Sling Adapter, can view live TV on the go. As you would have guessed, this feature does require a good broadband Internet connection as well.
What television app wouldn’t be complete without an interactive program guide, right? Find your favorite shows or movies by title, genre, network, keyword, or actor.
Basic features work with the ViP 512, 522, 625, 612, 622, 722, 722k, or 922. DVR controls require a broadband Internet conneciton and the ViP 612, 622, 722, 722k, or 922. Additionally, your iDevice must be running iOS 4.1 or later.
Dish Network notes that you need to activate the service via your computer first.
You must use DISH Remote Access at least once from your PC, prior to using your iPad app- login to your online DISH account from your PC and click on the DISH Remote Access link to get started.