There used to be a time when you had to watch a TV show when it was scheduled to be on the network schedule, or you wouldn’t get a chance to watch it all.
True story, and it wasn’t even that long ago. Certainly within my lifetime.
Yes, there were reruns and syndication, but for the most part, if you wanted to watch the new “Seinfeld,” you better be in front of your television set at 9:00 EST on Thursday. I suppose you could have recorded it on a blank VHS, but you would get the surrounding programs as well. Have fun guessing where your show is while wearing down the rewind/fast forward buttons.
Of course, there have been significant technological advances since even the mid-90s. The majority of Americans have smartphones, and don’t have to wait for someone in the house to get off the internet before making a call. Facebook has essentially rendered high school reunions irrelevant. And most importantly–at least within the context of this post–you can watch television shows pretty much anywhere you want to go.
There are a few reasons as to why this is possible, but today I’m going to focus on one particular cause: Dish Anywhere.
Dish Anywhere is the app associated with Dish Network.
With Dish Anywhere, you can watch your favorite programs through Dish, well, anywhere. Anywhere you have access to a mobile device at least.
So if you’re a Dish subscriber and you want to watch the newest episode of “Empire,” it’s not necessary to be in front of your television at 9:00 PM EST on Wednesdays. If you have a smartphone, you can watch “Empire” on your way to work on Thursday morning (that is if you have a long commute and aren’t driving).
Of course, DVR technology made it possible to watch your favorite shows at your own convenience a long time ago. But when I say “at your own convenience,” that only applied at your home. Now, with apps like Dish Anywhere and a DVR enabled by Sling, you can watch your favorite shows at a deli on your lunch break.
What shows can you watch? It varies a little bit from package to package. If your Dish Network package doesn’t include Bravo, you won’t be able to watch any installment of “Real Housewives.” This is why the app requires a login upon use. Anywhere is for Dish Network subscribers only.
If you are already a subscriber, Anywhere is an essential app. Not only can you watch all of your recorded programs on your mobile device, you can also record your favorite shows *from* your device. Dish Anywhere gives you the tools you need to set up future recordings, in case you don’t have time to make it home to program your DVR.
Anywhere isn’t only about the recordings either. With this app, Dish Network makes it possible to access on-demand shows as well.
Anywhere offers over 20,000 TV shows and movies from over 150 channels. Depending on what channels are part of your Dish Network package, you can watch on-demand programming from those channels. Not only do you get access to these shows, but Anywhere also includes a bevy of web-exclusive clips.
How to Use Dish Anywhere
So those are the fantastic features of Dish Anywhere. But what good are features if you don’t know how to use them?
Thankfully, Dish Network has made their app fairly easy to use.
Let’s say you want to watch the newest episode of “Fargo.” First, excellent choice. Second, use your log-in credentials when you open the app. You can do this at the top of the screen. You do not need to create new credentials; it’s the same username and password you use for your Dish.com account.
Now let’s assume that you have *not* recorded the newest episode of “Fargo,” and instead want to get it on-demand. You will need FX, which is part of most Dish packages. Should you have FX included in your package, you can simply type in “Fargo” to the search bar in the top right corner. If you’re not 100% sure which show you want to watch, you can click on the “Networks” option under the “On Demand” section of the main menu.
What if you recorded “Fargo” and you want to access your recording? Easy. Look at the same main menu and you’ll find a “DVR” option. Under that option, you will find “My recordings.” Click on that, and a list of your DVR recordings will appear.
But what if you want to *record* “Fargo?” You can go about this two ways.
Look at the main menu and you will find a “Guide” option. Click on that, and you will be led a page that displays the upcoming schedule for all of the channels within your Dish package. If you know what time “Fargo” is on, simply go to Wednesday at 10 PM EST and click on the title. At that point, a pop-up will appear, and you will find a “Record” option on that pop-up.
Or you can type “Fargo” into the top right search bar, and when the show’s page loads, scroll down. You will find a list of upcoming airings, and you can click the “Record” button next to each of those airings.
Many critics love to proclaim this era as the golden age of television, and it’s hard to disagree. This is not only because the shows are more intricate, nuanced, and mature than ever before, but it’s also because of the volume. There are so, so many shows today, and it’s impossible to keep up at home. And that’s why Dish Anywhere is a particularly great innovation.