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So today while a severe thunderstorm was going over us and our signal was lost I thought about how it would be nice for Dish to have internet streaming of live tv directly from your Hopper when you lose satellite signal during storms. I think this would make a big selling point for dish. This would also open up the possibility of having STB's(probably joey's) that can connect to your Hopper from any room without additional coax cable installed using your existing ethernet cable or wifi, which I know is similar to wireless Joey's, but wouldn't require additional equipment. Thoughts?


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If you look at it from just the standpoint of yourself it sounds like a nice idea. Multiply it by millions of customers and it's not too realistic. Dish would have to have a live, streaming backup of EVERY channel. Do you include locals too ? Anyone that has paused a channel is ruled out too.

Lastly, the channels wouldn't allow it, at least not based on the current contracts. They have separate contracts for regular TV vs streaming TV.

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If you look at it from just the standpoint of yourself it sounds like a nice idea. Multiply it by millions of customers and it's not too realistic. Dish would have to have a live, streaming backup of EVERY channel. Do you include locals too ? Anyone that has paused a channel is ruled out too.

Lastly, the channels wouldn't allow it, at least not based on the current contracts. They have separate contracts for regular TV vs streaming TV.

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They already have dish anywhere. Maybe just a limited amount of channels. Possibly just local/weather channels for safety.


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Just suggesting other options
I think the point boba was trying to make was DishAnywhere is sent from your satellite receiver. If it's not getting a signal, there's nothing to send.

I gather you don't have a (or can't have) a local TV antenna? That's the fallback for me in severe weather. Although our local TV stations do stream their Storm Tracker channels off of their websites, so that actually works better when the sirens go off and we head to the the basement with our mobile devices.
 

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It can be done on both Dish and Directv using sling tv and Directv now.

But in all honesty people make too big of a deal over loosing tv signal.

It's just Tv people :)

I agree with Claude here, other than his poor spelling. ;) It's just TV. If anyone is seriously that concerned with knowing the weather then they should have an antenna up with their satellite. I recommend an antenna no matter what actually. If anyone is still that concerned then they should have a weather radio as well. When the weather is that bad it's not time to watch TV anyway, it's time to get in the basement or keep an eye on the weather outside.

When severe weather comes in I always turn to one of my antenna channels and like to sit out on the porch and watch the storm roll in.
 

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I think the point boba was trying to make was DishAnywhere is sent from your satellite receiver. If it's not getting a signal, there's nothing to send.

Perhaps the OP was thinking of iVOD, rather than Dish Anywhere.
 

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For the extreme few times I have lost the signal over all these years I would never really use a back up service. And even at that maybe excluding the four Networks I can catch a replay of most programs the same day or week...
 

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I think even Dish's response would be to watch something on your DVR during a live TV service interruption. No, this does not allow you to watch live TV, but what do any of us do when we lose electricity, water turned off (they did maintenance of water and electrical 2 times over 2 months with shut offs), car in the shop, late at night with all the good restaurants with proper food closed, etc.? But if this is really a big issue for someone, then cable or internet OTT MVPD like Sony Vue might be better alternatives.
 
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So today while a severe thunderstorm was going over us and our signal was lost I thought about how it would be nice for Dish to have internet streaming of live tv directly from your Hopper when you lose satellite signal during storms. I think this would make a big selling point for dish. This would also open up the possibility of having STB's(probably joey's) that can connect to your Hopper from any room without additional coax cable installed using your existing ethernet cable or wifi, which I know is similar to wireless Joey's, but wouldn't require additional equipment. Thoughts?


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You can already do this. It just isn't officially supported.
 

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You can already do this. It just isn't officially supported.
Yeah, it was one of the first things I played with when I got my Hopper 3 and 4K Joey last year. I have Gigabit Ethernet wired through the house, so I thought I'd see how well it worked. It was working fine, and I thought about leaving it connected that way, but the one MoCA Status screen showing the link between the Hopper and 4K Joey was running around 680 Mbps made me rethink that!

Better to keep that traffic on the Coax where it isn't bothering anything else. I'll keep that in mind if Dish ever changes their support of wired LAN between Hopper and Joeys.
 

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