If you still have to pay the monthly fee for the PlayStation app, I fail to see the point. I mean, I guess it's great for those who do not have coaxial connection in the bedroom, but if virtual Joey runs anything like the other current dish mobile apps (as in, they run like crap, in my experience), and there's no cash advantage, IMHO, it would still be much better to just go ahead and install the extra coaxial cable.Read an article in another thread that stated Playstation would also be getting this app. Downside, but not unexpected, there will be a monthly fee for this Joey (pricing not yet announced).
What about remotes for the PS3/PS4. These systems have no IR receiver. The PS3 has an optional bluetooth bluray remote but the PS4 doesn't even have that. Right now the only way to use a standard remote with a PS4 is through HDMI CEC. This isn't a good option for lots of people with AVRs in the middle or a TV that doesn't support CEC.
If you can't use that your only option is to watch TV using a gamepad with no number buttons on it. You also have to wait for the PS3/PS4 to boot up every time you want to watch TV and then launch the Dish app. There are benefits to those of us who already own these systems so I'm glad they are offering it as an option. I just can't see it being as good of an option as a standard Joey for most people if it costs the same amount of money.
I would like to some xbox one love here. Forget the app I would be happy with full Hopper/Joey functionality.
The Xbox One is pretty new, I'd have to think it's going to take longer than a couple months for them to work together flawlessly.
It is not limited to a device so you can use the app on multiple devices.
That gives it some extra value for situations where there are multiple occasional use TVs. The problem is it is only announced on more expensive devices at this time, likely attached to or are primary use TVs.
They need it on a roku or android stick class device that can be put in the kid's rooms, guest rooms, etc.
The virtual joey could be OK if you have a few smart TVs or PS3/4s that you do not want to dedicate a joey to. Since they limit you to one per account, it is slightly easier than having a physical joey you move from TV to TV as needed. Otherwise if it has the same fee as a real joey, why bother with it?
Some people don't always have a way to get a Joey connected in a room other than you could use a Joey with a WiFi adapter. Some may just want a TV mounted int the bedroom without any cables. Just think, all they would need to do is buy an LG Smart TV that picks up WiFi, mount it on the wall and plug it in.