DISH Anywhere App Review

Our tests reveal that DISH Anywhere is a great way to stream DISH Network on the go or at home—even for satellite internet customers.


Randy Harward
Researcher & Writer
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Published on September 28, 2021

In our tests, we found that DISH Anywhere (included in your DISH subscription) is a great way to stream TV on the go, with loads of features and supported streaming devices. Its only major downsides are unskippable commercials its potential to overwhelm slower internet connections, like satellite.

Is the DISH Anywhere app good?

We think you’ll like DISH Anywhere. It’s a solid mobile app with an intuitive interface that allows you to stream live TV, DVR recordings, and on-demand titles on your computer or mobile device. Also, you can set and manage DVR timers and parental controls for your entire DISH setup quickly and easily.

While DISH Anywhere reviews on Google Play (3.3 stars) and the Apple Store (4.3) mention technical difficulties—including frequent crashes—we didn’t experience any during testing.

But we do have complaints: DISH Anywhere has unskippable commercials (except on DVR recordings), and satellite internet customers may experience bandwidth issues.

DISH Anywhere app pros and cons

Pros
Pro Bullet Mobile viewing
Pro Bullet Offline viewing
Pro Bullet Five user profiles
Pro Bullet Fire TV Stick compatibility
Cons
Con Bullet Potential bandwidth issues
Con Bullet Unskippable commercials with on-demand titles
Con Bullet Reports of frequent crashes

DISH plans and pricing

Price
Channels
More info

America’s Top 120

$94.99/mo.*

190

America’s Top 120+

$99.99/mo.**

190+

Our pick
America’s Top 200

$109.99/mo.

240+

America’s Top 250

$119.99/mo.

290+

Data as of 01/21/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

* for 24. months. Everyday Price $94.99/mo. New customers only. All offers require 2-year commitment with early termination fee and eAutopay. Price includes Hopper Duo for qualifying customers.

** for 24. months. Everyday Price $99.99/mo. New customers only. All offers require 2-year commitment with early termination fee and eAutopay. Price includes Hopper Duo for qualifying customers.

† for 24. months. Everyday Price $109.99/mo. New customers only. All offers require 2-year commitment with early termination fee and eAutopay. Price includes Hopper Duo for qualifying customers.

‡ for 24. months. Everyday Price $119.99/mo. New customers only. All offers require 2-year commitment with early termination fee and eAutopay. Price includes Hopper Duo for qualifying customers.

Are you shopping for DISH satellite TV service? We recommend America’s Top 200 ($109.99 a month). It has 240+ channels, includes the Hopper Duo DVR (or the awesome Hopper 3 for an extra $5.00 per month), and has a two-year pricelock.

And, of course, you’ll also get the DISH Anywhere app, which allows you to. . .

What can I do with DISH Anywhere?

You can watch TV away from home (hence, DISH Anywhere) with your PC, smartphone, or tablet. You can do some other stuff with DISH Anywhere too.

DISH Anywhere features

  • Stream live TV, DVR recordings, on-demand titles, and rented or purchased content—at home or away—on your computer or mobile device
  • Transfer (that’s DISH-speak for “download”) DVR recordings to watch offline
  • Set and manage DVR timers
  • Create up to five user profiles
  • Watch on up to five devices at a time
  • Create watchlists and manage parental controls
  • Pair the DISH Anywhere app to any Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Use your smartphone as your DISH remote

Let’s dive a little deeper into DISH Anywhere’s features.

Watch TV at home using DISH Anywhere

Okay, there are times where you can use DISH Anywhere at home—like when the household can’t agree on something to watch. As we mentioned, DISH Anywhere supports up to five users at a time.

Just remember this, satellite internet customer: you could run into bandwidth problems depending on your household’s internet usage. Wait—bandwidth? Isn’t DISH a satellite service? It is—but DISH Anywhere is a streaming app, which requires an internet connection.

Watch TV on the go with DISH Anywhere

Again, DISH Anywhere is mostly about mobile viewing. You can watch live TV channels, stream DISH on demand titles and DVR recordings, or transfer your DVR recordings directly to your mobile device.

Bad news for PC users, though: DISH Anywhere doesn’t support transfers to personal computers.

Bandwidth isn’t such a problem when you’re on the go—but DISH Anywhere does use up your data. Here’s a table to help you monitor your usage and avoid potential overage fees.

Streaming video data usage

Video quality
Data usage per hour (up to)

Low definition

300 MB

Standard definition (SD)

700 MB

High definition (HD)

3 GB

4K ultra-high definition (UHD)

7 GB

If you have satellite internet, you’ll want to watch your data usage closely when streaming TV shows. Streaming or downloading shows can hit your data hard and push you past your data cap before you know it.

Watch offline with DISH Anywhere

DISH Anywhere allows you to transfer (download) DVR recordings to your mobile device to watch offline. This is pretty sweet for satellite internet customers since it can help prevent the aforementioned bandwidth and data usage issues.

How’s that? Well, once you’ve transferred a movie to your device, you’re no longer streaming it over your internet connection. That’s probably why we were able to wiggle around the one-user limit too.

And when you watch a transfer on your mobile network, it won’t use data if you remember to do your transfers on your home network.

Another benefit of transferring your DVR recordings to your mobile device is commercial skipping. You can’t skip ads on DISH on-demand movies and shows—but you can if you record them to your DVR.

One caveat, though: transferring DVR recordings to a mobile device deletes the recording from your DVR. So maybe don’t transfer something that someone at home intends to watch while you’re gone.

Manage parental controls with DISH Anywhere

Children are diabolically tech-savvy in 2021. Fortunately, DISH partners with Common Sense Media to offer some of the best parental controls around. That’s why CableTV.com named DISH the Best TV Provider for Kids—not to mention the Best Overall TV Provider.

With DISH Anywhere, you can steer your kids away from raunchy content and toward movies and shows that have educational value and positive messages. You can also set and change your passcode to thwart your li’l angels’ devilish impulses.

How to watch DISH Anywhere

There are two ways to watch DISH Anywhere: online through a web browser or via the app on your mobile device.

Here’s what you need to get started.

  • A Wi-Fi internet connection or mobile connection (3G or higher)
  • The latest version of the DISH Anywhere app
  • Your DISH username and password
  • A supported device (see table)

DISH Anywhere supported devices

Version

Amazon Fire TV devices, Fire OS, and Kindle

Version 5 and later

Android phones and tablets

Version 6 and later

Android TV

Version 5 and later

Chrome browser (Mac and Windows)

Version 85 and later

iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)

Version 12 and later

Mac computers

Version 10.14 and later

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

n/a

Safari browser (Mac)

Version 12 and later

Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

n/a

Windows computer

Version 7 and later

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DISH Anywhere app FAQ

Which is better, the DISH Anywhere or the DIRECTV app?

DISH Anywhere and the DIRECTV app have pretty much the same features. But if you’re trying to decide between one provider and the other, we recommend checking out the following articles to see key differences between the two services.

What devices support the DISH Anywhere app?

DISH Anywhere supports a variety of devices. We’ve listed them all in this table.

Does DISH Anywhere cost extra?

The DISH Anywhere app is completely free—but only to DISH customers—but it will use data when you watch via your mobile network.

How do I stream my DISH Anywhere app to my TV?

You can download the DISH Anywhere app on an Amazon Fire TV Stick, which will enable you to stream your DISH content on your TV. That way, you can take DISH to a friend’s house or on vacation (as long as you don’t leave the country).

How much is DISH Anywhere per month?

There is no charge for DISH Anywhere, but you will need a DISH subscription to use the app.

Can I download DISH Anywhere for PC?

To watch DISH Anywhere on PC, visit www.dishanywhere.com in Google Chrome (Mac or Windows) or Safari (Mac only) and sign in with your DISH credentials.

Can Roku get the DISH Anywhere app?

Unfortunately, you cannot watch DISH Anywhere on Roku.

How does DISH Anywhere work?

DISH Anywhere is a streaming app that allows you to watch your DISH content on your computer or mobile device. All you have to do is download the app (or, on PC, visit www.dishanywhere.com in Google Chrome or Safari), sign in with your DISH credentials, and start binge-watching.

Does DISH Anywhere use data?

Yes, DISH Anywhere uses data.

Randy Harward
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