We usually come on here to complain. I want to praise Dish. We're in Germany for a week. Lots of sight-seeing and eating great food combined with business. But at the end of the evening, we'd just like to relax in the room and watch a little TV. All the channels except CNN in the room are in German. Netflix: "Not available in your area." Amazon Prime "Not available in your area." Crackle, etc. all the same. (I know, I could install a proxy program, etc. etc. but even that was iffy at best.) But with a Sling and Dishonline, we're looking at what's on TV live, checking out what's recorded on the DVR, setting a recording for something we forgot to record before we left. The playback can get a little spotty at times (hey, we're in Germany, watching stuff on our DVR and IRD at home in the U.S., over a very average at best hotel wireless connection.) But it works. And frankly, the ability to pick and choose and watch on my iPad or notebook, from the hotel in Germany, is pretty awesome.