DishWorld Testing ESPN & Disney Streaming on Roku 3


As expected, DISH is nearly ready to unveil an over-the-top Internet video streaming subscription service in hopes of displacing your current cable provider or appealing to the growing legion of cord cutters. And now, via Reddit, it seems the service will repurpose “DishWorld” branding (versus going with “NuTV“) and beta recruitment has begun.

As one of our most valued DishWorld customers, we want to give you an exclusive opportunity to try the next genertion of DishWorld before anyone else!

Soon, we’ll be announcing a new English language entertainment service, which features the best of live TV, like ESPN, TNT, TBS, Disney Channel, Food Network and so much more.

Before it’s revealed to the public, we want you to try it at no additional cost on your Roku 3 until February 3, 2015! We’ll even remove it from your account afterwards, so you will not get billed for this service.

Beyond Roku, we’d expect a new and improved DishWorld to also find itself on iOS, Android, and the Slingbox 500 at launch. But, wether or not “cable television” over the Internet makes sense will of course largely depend on yet-to-be revealed pricing, channel lineup, and what similar offerings from the likes of Verizon or Sony may entail. Not to mention, might we see DVR capabilties and should we anticipate the incumbent cable providers to start enforcing data caps?

(Thanks AeroR1!)

16 thoughts on “DishWorld Testing ESPN & Disney Streaming on Roku 3”

  1. I was always concerned that tons of consumers going to an Internet based video provider would result in a more expensive Internet bill due to the majors trying to make up for lost revenue from their cable television services. It’s great to have options and the future potential for “a la carte” but what happens if my comcast Internet bill goes up to 100 plus or more a month? I would be paying more for the connection and less for the channels (maybe less?) and end up with very close to the same cost. Very excited to see how this plays out and even if I pay the same it would be great to get away somewhat from Comcast.

  2. You’re welcome Dave, but its AeroR1. As in the Yamaha R1 motorcycle that is collecting dust in my garage because having two toddlers was a big mistake ;)

  3. “Not to mention, might we see DVR capabilties and should we anticipate the incumbent cable providers to start enforcing data caps?”

    Interesting to see teh google claiming that if the Dingo In Chief classifies data as title ii, then they’ll use telephone poles to wire fibre-to-the-home to rural Idaho. Monopoly MSO aren’t monopoly MSO’s without the monopoly. And I claim the race car.

  4. This is useless without DVR capabilities. I rarely even watch sports 100% live. In usually behind live TV for at least part of the game.

  5. Dwight: We might not see any cable news channels AT ALL on this service. Dish might be attempting to position this service as something dedicated to sports and entertainment, targeting younger, more tech-savvy people who want to pay less for TV but more for the channels they want. Cable news channels might be part of the cable-bundle bloat Dish wants to cut out.

    After all, more young people get their news from Jon Stewart and Twitter, right?

  6. Looks like DIshWorld will become… Sling TV!

    The base package, which will cost consumers $20 a month, includes live access to ESPN and ESPN2, as well as a couple of other cable networks, including Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. […] Most, but not all channels offer DVR-like pause, rewind and fast forward features. And consumers will be able to access some shows up to three days after they air

  7. Bizarre! This is a Big Deal.

    – Simply can’t believe ESPN or TNT will let them have DVR capabilities or 3 day access. Surprised any of the channels are allowing it.

    – Surprised at price point, but that’s the reason for my above point.

    – This will indeed bring about data caps/tiers before 4K does.

  8. Yeah, the fee is surprisingly low. I’d guess they’re subsidizing. Wonder what the ‘on demand’ content will look like and I expect very basic buffering. The varying levels of service by channel/agreement will hurt, but that’s the situation.

    Some more detail here, although Todd’s concerns about broadcast TV maybe not so relevant given no DVR service and in light of nearly every TV having a tuner.

  9. “Yeah, the fee is surprisingly low. I’d guess they’re subsidizing.”

    Who’s subsidizing? And, good god, why?

    I’m beginning to think “bizarre” was the wrong word. This is more like the Chewbacca defense. It makes no sense, and it makes people’s heads explode. I don’t understand the motivations of any of the players involved. (Except Dish, assuming they’re not subsidizing.)

    “Some more detail here, although Todd’s concerns about broadcast TV maybe not so relevant given no DVR service and in light of nearly every TV having a tuner.”

    I’ve liked Todd much better since he stopped working for the MSO’s, but he misses the whole ball of wax there. And broadcast is the least of it.

    We all know millennials have absolutely no money. Now, they can get sports, CNN, and Adult Swim to go along with their Netflix for $28 / month. How is that not an incredibly Big Deal? How does that not get utterly massive uptake?

    And how does that not massively disrupt lots of other parts of the ecosystem?

  10. Oh man, as interesting as the rest of it is, can I please say I’m most excited about the fact that it seems that SlingTV will be available on almost every platform from the get-go? I cannot begin to describe the joy of not having to have a single Windows computer on my network – Plex + Sling all on OS X instead of the convoluted setup I have right now to support CableCard.

  11. The better question is why people are paying $60 or more for cable service. Many people can get those channels and many more via their cable company or Fios for under $90 on triple play deals. That means they’re paying around $30 or less for nearly all the non-premium cable channels since they’d have to pay at least $ for phone and internet by itself. Why pay $20 for just ESPN and a few others?

    Plus the lack of a DVR option makes it a clear no go for many.

  12. Yeah, the DVR situation kills the service for me. These days, just about all scripted content “of value” I pretty much binge on. And my in-laws rely heavily on more than three days of ‘on demand’ for kids programming. But that $90 you cite probably doesn’t include set top rentals… that changes the math for folks who maybe already own tablets, Rokus, etc.

  13. Daniel: we are paying that because that’s what we’re being charged for it. I don’t know what legacy FiOS plan you’re on, but if you want CNN and ESPN, you need to get FiOS Preferred. Assuming you take the base internet plan (25/25) and preferred, before taxes, fees, mandatory equipment charges and other horseshit, it’s $90 with a contract. With all that horseshit, here in Fairfax it’s $124, of which $75 is TV. Even if they charge tax, I can get a quarter of Dish Sling TV for the same price I pay this month (and I’m sure they’ll raise the rate for FiOS next month as they have every month I’ve had them, even when I was under contract since the contract is basically “FiOS can do whatever they want, you consumer can bend over and pay for it”).

    That’s why we’re excited. But sure, feel free to spread the BS that you can get a competitive package for less money from a dumb-pipe operator.

  14. Ok everybody take a deep breath and calm down…

    This is a game changer in the market…. its first step to ala carte which is what all consumers want!

    And if you want DVR capability with this look into PlayOn´s Playlater product, I believe it will work with this and then you can stream to other devices too.

    I for one like whats going on here….

  15. “This is a game changer in the market…. its first step to ala carte which is what all consumers want!”

    I don’t want that. I like the bundle.

    I think destruction of bundle and its replacement with a-la-carte would result in higher cost for less programming.

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