Sling Adapter on V722K

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  1. Catasetumkid

    Catasetumkid New Member

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    We bought a Dish Sling Adapter from Amazon last week. Our goal was to access and control our receiver from the Internet so that we could set timers, watch recorded programs, etc. from anywhere via WIFI using the Dish Anywhere app on a phone, iPad, PC, and tablet. Today we plugged the Sling Adapter into our Dish VIP722K receiver. The light on the Sling adapter came on. The Dish Anywhere app running on an iPad showed a connection to our Dish receiver, but we could not watch recorded programming, watch live TV, or set new timers. In a text chat with Dish support we were assured that the Sling adapter was supported and that we needed to call the broadband support desk at Dish for help.

    The tech at Dish broadband support told us that Sling adapters no longer work with any Dish receivers. This seems to be a recent development, but he could not provide the date when it went into effect or a link to a document explaining the change. He told us that if we need the functionality that was provided by a Sling adapter we would need a new receiver - either a Hopper or a Hopper 3 with built in Sling capability. Either of the Hoppers will involve an installation fee, additional monthly fees, and the hassle of migrating our current library of recordings to a hard drive that can be attached to the Hopper. Is this the way Dish typically does business? Silently de-supporting hardware? Is anyone currently using an older Dish receiver with a Sling adapter?
     
  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Very recent ... unfortunately hardware from nearly a decade ago can't be supported forever. Sling is built in to the second and third generation Hoppers.

    Transferring programs isn't too difficult. Did they make you an offer for Hopper w/Sling or Hopper 3 upgrade?
     
  3. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    It is not a hassle but very good feature what DTV people asking for a decade ! Anyone who are care about own library, using EHD for that, not internal HDD.
     
  4. mwdxer

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    I have a 211k and no internet options either, so I get Dish Anywhere off my Fire Stick. Sling in also available via the Fire Stick or Roku. So that is another option.
     
  5. Catasetumkid

    Catasetumkid New Member

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    They didn't make us an offer, sadly. The very annoying thing about all this is that we searched the internet before buying the Sling Adapter last week! And even chatted with them, and I believe my husband even called them - we were told it worked! So we buy a $50 gizmo that is useless!? Gee thanks Dish! Grrrr.
     
  6. Catasetumkid

    Catasetumkid New Member

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    Thanks, we'll check that out (meaning my husband will - ha ha)!
     
  7. Catasetumkid

    Catasetumkid New Member

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    We were told that we could have it work off You Tube, Roku or any steaming device along with the Sling Adapter...So you understand my hesitation to go buy something else now. I do appreciate hearing about your experience, though! This whole thing started because I am going to need my college basketball games when we get on a cruise ship in February. <sigh>...have to escape the worst part of winter!
     
  8. mwdxer

    mwdxer Well-Known Member

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    My 211k is owned and I have everything set up the way I want, so moving to the Hopper with no fees and adding a OTA tuner dongle and setting up another HDD, was not to my liking. I had a Roku, so I just bought a single Firestick for $15 on sale. It gives me the Dish Anywhere app. I did not need Sling, but it is available if I wanted it.
     
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    Dang The Hung

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    That’s odd. I just tried accessing the sling adapter on my 722k from the Dish Anywhere app on my iPad and I was able to watch live TV and recorded shows.
     
  10. Tiny

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    I can watch programs on my iPad with a sling adapter that u plug into a USB port on the VIP722 receiver
     
  11. Catasetumkid

    Catasetumkid New Member

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    Well, we gave up and ended up going for the Hopper 3. It works! :)
     
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  12. shadough

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    When did this happen??

    I still have my Sling adapter connected to my 722k an still works fine.

    So what is the truth here? Is it going to stop working? or is it that anyone who gets a 722k wont be able to plug an play w/ the adapter because the current fw won't allow it????

    How do you sling into a 211k? I wasn't aware the sling adapter would work on a 211k. So I bought an actual "SlingBox" an connected that to my 211k, works even better than the sling adapter on my 722k. Albeit w/ a different app, the Sling app vs Dish anywhere.
     
  13. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    A couple of people above say theirs still works. Apparently the situation is fluid.
     
  14. dgschoel

    dgschoel New Member

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    Just got a card from DISH today.

    QUOTE:
    Starting this month, your current receiver and Sling Adapter will no longer support DISH Anywhere. Good news, you can continue enjoying DISH Anywhere by simply upgrading to a Hopper with Sling at no upfront cost.
    ENDQUOTE

    Fine print
    Register new 2 year commitment with early termination fee. Monthly receiver fees apply: Hopper $15/mo., Joey $7/mo.

    Pretty crappy for those of us not under contract who purchased a perfectly good sling adapter and do not want your current "Good News"
    First HBO, then sports networks and now this.
    Perhaps time to dump DISH after 10 years.
     
  15. Tiny

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    I have a 722 with a sling adapter and as of 10/06/2019 it still works with Dish anywhere app I’m using as I type this reply to this tread ...
     
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  16. n0qcu

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    The Sling adapter was hard coded to use flash (which is a security risk) that is why they are no longer going to support it.
     
  17. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    for FW ? for storage ?
     
  18. Jim5506

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    Flash is, WAS, a method of displaying video on your screen.

    It is being abandoned due to security concerns.
     
  19. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    oh, so you mean SW coders used Adobe Flash product ?
     
  20. jsk

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    I have a 722K and Sling Adapter and it still works. However, it is a little buggy. For some reason, when I am watching DVR programs and skip ahead too many times, I first get static and then it will disconnect. I just try not to skip ahead when using it and it works pretty good. I hope it doesn’t stop working at some point.
     

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