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Rich Hailey is a technical writer and industrial training professional who lives and works in East Tennessee. In addition to blogging for Babble, he covers high school sports for the local paper, and maintains a blog at www.shotsacrossthebow.com. When not writing, he can be found in his garage woodworking, or in the backyard stargazing.

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Dish to the Rescue!

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Watching football while remodeling a kitchen! Easy when you have DISH!

I love football. From Youth League all the way up through the NFL, I love it all. Each level of competition stands out in its own way.

For sheer athleticism and physical prowess, the NFL is the pinnacle of the sport. For exuberance, emotion, and spirit, you can’t beat a high school game on Friday night. The college game tugs at your loyalties, as you live or die with your Alma Mater. And the youth leagues remind me that, even though the game now involves billions of dollars, and lawsuits and unions and strikes and all the other mess that goes along with it, in the end, football is still just a game.

It’s just play.

We’re in the depths of the football season right now, which poses something of a dilemma for me.

You see, back in March, I started a small 9 day renovation project. I planned to remodel our kitchen for my wife. And by remodel, what I really mean is to’ gut the thing down to the studs and subfloor, tear out walls’ and rebuild it from the joists to the rafters.

Yeah, in just 9 days.

Needless to say, I missed my deadline and the project has become a 9 month project. While we are nearing completion, I am still spending most of my weekends in the kitchen working to finish it before Thanksgiving.

So I had a problem: How could I watch my football and still finish the kitchen on my new, revised schedule? Without a TV or room for one in the kitchen, and no connection even if I moved one in, I was pretty much out of luck. I was going to miss football season. As an ardent Tennessee Vol fan, this turned out to be somewhat of a good thing.

Fortunately, about two years ago, we had switched to DISH Network from one of their competitors based on their lower price and better reliability, and one of the new services we bought was their  TV Everywhere technology. TV Everywhere will send your programming anywhere you have an internet connection and to just about any device out there. Using this technology, you can watch live programming, remotely set your DVR to record programming, watch recorded programming, or even change the channel on your home box if you want to mess with your spouse or your kids.

You don’t even have to have a TV to use the TV Everywhere. DISH can send the programming to a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Using it could not be simpler. Plug the Dish box into your home network. Connect the Sling adapter to your DVR. Download the DISH Remote Access App to your Smartphone or tablet, or log in to dishonline.com from any web connected computer and start watching TV. The slideshow below will show you just how simple it really is.

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DISH Network TV Everwhere: Football Meets Kitchen Renovation

Dish DVR with SlingBox Built In

I have a DISH DVR with Sling capability built in. You may have a separate Slingbox. Either way, the connections are similar. You need to connect video, sound, signal, and network to your DVR. If your Slingbox is separate, you will plug it into your DVR, and the network into the Slingbox.

Making things even better for me is the Multi-Sport Pak, which includes NFL Redzone. I get to keep up with all the games every Sunday and still make progress on the kitchen.

I just bring my tablet into the kitchen, fire up the DISH Remote Access App, and I’ve got live football in my kitchen s I hang a new ceiling, or finish new cabinets or lay a new floor, or…

Yeesh. Did I say a 9 month project? Maybe 10 months!

A big thanks to DISH for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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3 thoughts on “Dish to the Rescue!

  1. Sunny says:

    Oh! TV everywhere seems pretty awesome. Yeah, we’re on the couch for footfall. But if (my husband in particular) could be doing chores at the same time. Well that would be all colors of awesome.

  2. Kelsey says:

    TV everywhere would be great! But we might get nothing else done around the house!

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