When Apple iPad becomes a Remote Control

DISH Network, a pay-TV provider in America, has announced a free app for the Apple iPad: DISH Remote Access. It is claimed to be the first and only app from a TV service provider designed for the iPad that allows users to control their televisions remotely.

Similar to the version available for the iPhone and iPod touch, DISH Remote Access for the iPad is a fully-featured remote DVR scheduler that provides DISH Network customers with complete access to all DVR functions and features, says the company.

Users can schedule DVR recordings on multiple receivers, delete timers, browse and search nine days of shows, and manage their DVR libraries by setting recording priorities, resolving recording conflicts and deleting programs they have already watched.

The app is compatible with most DISH Network SD and HD DVR receivers including the ViP 922, which is claimed to be the world’s only DVR with built-in Sling technology.

“At DISH Network, we are excited about the potential of tablet computers – like the Apple iPad – to enhance the TV viewing experience and enable consumers to remain connected to their TVs everywhere,” said Vivek Khemka, vice president of Customer Technology for DISH Network.

The iPad-optimized app also includes a feature that transforms an iPad into a remote control for televisions connected to compatible DISH Network receivers.

Using the iPad as a remote control, customers can change channels, browse the program guide, start playing recorded programs and enjoy all standard remote navigation features such as fast forward, rewind and pause.

The app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Store.

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Rakesh Raman