DISH Anywhere for iPad

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Description of App: 

Take your TV with you. With the DISH Remote Access app, you can watch the same TV you get at home on your iPad. Enjoy your favorite live or recorded programs anytime, anywhere. Also, manage your home television with a full-featured DVR manager, a searchable program guide, and a virtual remote control. This is a must-have app for DISH Subscribers.Now with thousands of On Demand movies and TV shows from HBO, Cinemax, Epix, and many more networks!Features:Watch your TV*Take your TV with you- and enjoy watching all of your favorite sports, news, TV shows, and movies from your ViP™ 922 Slingloaded™ DVR or ViP™ 722 or 722k DVR with the Sling® Adapter accessory on your iPad.

  • Integrated user interface makes it fast and easy to find the shows and movies you want to watch.

On Demand Movies and TV Shows**

  • Dish users who subscribe to HBO, Cinemax, Epix, and many more networks can watch content from those networks on the iPad.

Schedule DVR Recordings

  • Schedule DVR recordings from anywhere.
  • One-touch recording- simply choose to record one event, all events, or only new events.

Browse and Search the Program Guide

  • Search the program guide up to 9 days in advance.
  • Search for shows by title, genre, network, keyword, or actor.
  • View graphics and posters of your favorite shows and movies.

Manage your DVR Library***

  • Set recording priorities.
  • Manage recording conflicts.
  • Delete shows you’ve already watched.
  • View and adjust your recording schedule.

DISH Remote Access requires an online DISH account and is compatible with the following DISH Network receiver models: 512, 522, 625, 612, 622, 722, 722k, 922. 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.*Requires high-speed Internet connection to a ViP™ 922 Slingloaded™ DVR, or a ViP™ 722 or ViP 722k DVR with Sling Adapter accessory.**On Demand content is currently optimized for Wifi connections. Content that is optimized for 3G connections is coming soon.***Requires high-speed Internet connection to one of the following receiver models: ViP612, ViP622, ViP 722, ViP 722k, ViP 922.

Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

2.9

Free or Paid: 

Free

Accessibility Comments: 

In many ways this app is accessible, but it has so far to go. There are 8 tabs across the bottom of the screen, 7 of which are labeled. Right now the only fairly easy way to access anything is via the home tab. I have found, watched, and deleted shows on the DVR. I have watched "live TV" i.e., the channel the TV is currently set to. That said though, there are unlabled buttons all over the place, some of which can be guessed in context. The three problems that keep this app from being truly used are: A., the TV shows are laid out in rows of 5 and Voiceover sees the row as a single element and defaults to the third show in the row upon double tap, no matter what I doo, including pass through. B., There is an element that might say "1-20 of 190 entries", but double tapping, swiping up/down or any other gesture doesn't change to the next page so you're stuck with the first 20 entries and because of the row problem, you can only see the third show. C., The list of channels to view in the guide tab or to set a recording in the "what's on my DVR" tab are not read at all with Voiceover. The date and timer picker items can be read and changed, but because the channel lists are inaccessible, you can't, for example, see what's on at 11pm on Thursday on channel 193. Once you double tap a show or a DVR recording however, everything is labeled, watch on iPad, watch on TV, record, etc. You can read the synopsis of the show, the rating, the air date, it's fantastic. This app requires a lot of patience, much perseverance, and I'm sure I have more grey hair than when I started, but when you consider that DVR recordigngs are not accessible via the television, the app is awesome. I am in communication with Dish Network and have nicely but loudly made my desire known for more accessibility with Voiceover. Trus tme, they know who I am.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Few buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.