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Home entertainment no longer has to be a passive process. Increasingly, Dish Network subscribers can personalize some of the programming they view, interact with what is occurring on screen, select which movies are offered to them through on demand services, shop directly from their TV remote, and much more.
Some time ago, Dish Network Satellite TV introduced new functionality via their ViP622 and ViP722 DVRs which can be connected to their home network via an Ethernet port or a HomePlug adapter. With this connection, users can easily perform online DVR scheduling allowing them to set their device up to record programming even while away from home. It also gives them access to an extensive library of movies and other shows on demand.
The satellite TV provider also has a new site online, dishonline.com which is a portal that gives subscribers access to a number of services such as music and movie downloads. Through the site, Dish Network subscribers can download movies and TV shows to rent or buy. The process of downloading is not immediate but certainly gives users more choices.
The DishTheater option houses more than 4000 different films and TV programs from which to choose. The Afterhours selection provides adult content and DISHmusic is, as its name would imply, a service providing music downloads and concerts. Ontour is another service which allows subscribers to download a widget to stay abreast of which artists are playing in the local area.
Nanogaming provides real time interaction with live sporting events, award shows, reality TV, and game shows via the viewer’s computer. Those who love games also have access to Dish Network’s Dishgames and Playin’TV through the website. Of course, the satellite TV provider still has GamePlay HD available on channel 9485 for those with a series gaming need.
International programming, news, weather, sports and even a TV search function to find programming is available through the site as well. Some features are temporary but current, such as the Dish Decision 2008 feature which allows viewers to pick an issue and discover how the presidential candidates match up.
Shopping via their remote has been a capability the satellite TV provider’s subscribers have had for some time and will, of course, continue. Via HSN on channel 84 or 222, Dish customers can select, purchase, and confirm orders all through the remote control, directly on their television screen.
Add to all of these enhanced interactive features the ability to attach a USB hard drive to store more recorded content and Dish Network subscribers have a great deal of control over what, how, when, and, to some extent, where they view their programming.
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