Roku good alternative to no Dish DVR

TNGTony

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With my primary Dish DVR out of commission for the last week or so I was forced to try to find a way to view some programs I would have recorded. DishAnywhere is an alternative. However, the bloated web interface makes my old laptop beg for mercy (picture freezes and incredibly long page load times). I had to look for another alternative. I generally only use Roku for HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, and other premium services. But I was surprised to see that there were a TON of channels available for us Dish subs (and many other service providers) including BBC America, NBC, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, A&E, USA, TNT, SYFY, AMC and quite a few others. Essentially I was able to catch all the programs I would have recorded on the DVR. The only downside was no commercial skipping.

I know this isn't news for many, but to some, like me, it is really nice to know. The verification process is a little clunky, but it takes less than a minute for each channel.
 
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With my primary Dish DVR out of commission for the last week or so I was forced to try to find a way to view some programs I would have recorded. DishAnywhere is an alternative. However, the bloated web interface makes my old laptop beg for mercy (picture freezes and incredibly long page load times). I had to look for another alternative. I generally only use Roku for HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, and other premium services. But I was surprised to see that there were a TON of channels available for us Dish subs (and many other service providers) including BBC America, NBC, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, A&E, USA, TNT, SYFY, AMC and quite a few others. Essentially I was able to catch all the programs I would have recorded on the DVR. The only downside was no commercial skipping.

I know this isn't news for many, but to some, like me, it is really nice to know. The verification process is a little clunky, but it takes less than a minute for each channel.
I have trick on avoiding commercials on some of the aps..i.e. the history channel..when a ad begins I hit the home button on the roku..i then reenter the ap and hit resume play on the show I was watching..and the ads go away for that show
 
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I was surprised to see that there were a TON of channels available for us Dish subs (and many other service providers) including BBC America, NBC, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, A&E, USA, TNT, SYFY, AMC and quite a few others.

Do you have to download an app for each channel, and then work to get each one authenticated properly?
 
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With my primary Dish DVR out of commission for the last week or so I was forced to try to find a way to view some programs I would have recorded. DishAnywhere is an alternative. However, the bloated web interface makes my old laptop beg for mercy (picture freezes and incredibly long page load times). I had to look for another alternative. I generally only use Roku for HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, and other premium services. But I was surprised to see that there were a TON of channels available for us Dish subs (and many other service providers) including BBC America, NBC, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, A&E, USA, TNT, SYFY, AMC and quite a few others. Essentially I was able to catch all the programs I would have recorded on the DVR. The only downside was no commercial skipping.

I know this isn't news for many, but to some, like me, it is really nice to know. The verification process is a little clunky, but it takes less than a minute for each channel.

I used to use a Roku until I learned that Dish Anywhere is now on the Fire Stick. So I bought one of those, and now, I'm sold on the Fire. Same apps, but a much more appealing UI (in my opinion). Plus, it eliminates the need for a Joey in certain rooms. Dish Anywhere works GREAT on the Fire.
 
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