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I'm new to Roku, so please bare with me. Like most people we were on a quest to lower our monthly cable bill. We had Spectrum cable for $185/month for four TVs. So we decided to go with Dish Network with one Hopper 3. My question is, can we use Rokus on the three other TVs to stream Dish Network to those rooms? Sorry for the novice question but this is all new to me, thanks!
Dish Network doesn't have an app like some cable services, so Roku won't do that.
Dish Network can be used to authenticate against apps. For example, if your Dish service has ESPN, you can use it to authenticate the ESPN app. Same for many of the other channels that are in your Dish Network package. Whether or not you can watch live will vary from app to app.
There is another option, but it involves dropping Dish Network.
There are streaming services such as DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Philo, Playstation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, that are essentially small cable packages that do offer live streaming content. Hulu has a single package, Philo and Sling TV have two packages, others more. They all offer premium add-ons (except Philo).
If you're locked in to a long-term contract with Dish Network, this probably isn't a viable option. However, if you're month-to-month with them, these may be what you're actually looking for.
Add to this that most of those services offer from one week to 30 days free trial, so if it sounds like the way you want to go, you can try them out without dropping Dish Network. If they service the purpose, you've done what you wanted. If not, cancel before they bill you and you're out no money.
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"68dodgeramman" wrote: I'm new to Roku, so please bare with me. Like most people we were on a quest to lower our monthly cable bill. We had Spectrum cable for $185/month for four TVs. So we decided to go with Dish Network with one Hopper 3. My question is, can we use Rokus on the three other TVs to stream Dish Network to those rooms? Sorry for the novice question but this is all new to me, thanks!
If your contract is up with Dish Satellite, you could switch to Sling TV (which is ran by Dish Sat.). $20 Sling Orange (which includes ESPN channels, etc.) only allows 1 stream at once. $25 Sling Blue (which includes FS1, FS2, NBCSN, Fox Sports regional, etc.) allows 3 streams at once. I currently have Sling Blue (3 streams) which has nice channel selections; and Netflix SD which is $7.99 for one stream. So I have 4 streams total of Sling + Netflix.
You could test Sling with a 7-day free trial, and stream it on your computer, phone, tablet, etc., and not buy a Roku until you think you might like Sling. I would not buy four Rokus at one time, you might not like the experience, or you might like it (?). While I watch Sling with my Premiere+ or Roku 2 (4210) most of the time, I'm watching Sling right now on my Windows 10 desktop & 21.5" monitor, while I'm typing this.