When it came to the time I thought I was going to make a complete switch to internet streaming, I discovered there were no really good reliable streaming options for basic cable channels. That's when I discovered the Wally and decided to take a leap of faith with Dish. (Disclosure, I've been an Echostar-then-Dish-Network-device customer since 1988.) About the Wally The Wally is Dish's high tech, small profile single receiver HD receiver in the Hopper family which when you attach your own external hard drive becomes a DVR with many of the bells and whistles and all the menu flash of a Hopper. There is no DVR Service monthly line item for the Wally but you have to buy the Wally for $50 and pay a one-time $40 External DVR Service fee. That makes it $90, which compares to the $89.99 for the Amazon Fire TV box to $150± for Apple TV and upper end Roku boxes. It is important to emphasize that the Wally is in the Hopper family because when I created the thread Dish Music App Now Available I could say I tried the App even though the news release said "Now available on Hopper 2, Hopper 3 and connected Joey clients at no additional cost." And when I drilled down in original post in the thread DISH Debuts Hands-Free TV on Hopper DVR with Amazon Alexa I discovered "Users with an internet-connected Hopper (any generation) or Wally can ask Alexa to navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content based on channel, title, actor or genre." Like the Hopper the Wally offers a number Apps including Netflix and channel on-demand streaming as well the original Pay-Per-View. Now through the Dish Music App you can access Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Napster, Pandora, SiriusXM and TIDAL plus will also play from personal libraries on mobile devices and is compatible with DLNA media servers. And for your other devices you get access to DISH Anywhere™. In a streaming world the Wally is a device in your home that provides an affordable way into the Basic Cable world, plus premiums and even your local broadcast stations. And, of course, it serves the targeted world of motor homes, travel trailers and tailgaters. Additional Thoughts Sure the Wally can only record one show at a time. But I'm only recording Basic Cable Channel shows and they usually repeat enough to work around time conflicts. Further, if something fails to record properly, I can stream on the internet a Basic Cable Channel show, albeit with whatever commercials they require, since I have the channels through Dish. In many cases I can stream through the Wally and the others can be streamed through my Roku(s). As of today this streaming alternative is pretty much what you get with the internet streaming packages when you want to watch a show on FX like "Fargo." But so far I've had nothing go wrong. The menus and remotes work fine. Sure I'd design the menus differently, as I would have for every Echostar/Dish box I've had since 1988. For nearly 30 years I've always known better than "them" how to do it. Anyway, finally, Dish's programming options are remarkably affordable, beginning with the $34.99 Flex Pack which gives a pretty good collection of Basic Cable Channels. Right now I'm getting "deals" through Dish on Premium Cable Channels that I can get nowhere else. The thing is I don't record programming from those channels as I can stream the programming on my Roku or Wally at no additional cost. (On the Roku it is streamed through HBO GO, Showtime Anytime, and Starz after activation through Dish and that gives me access to extensive libraries of old shows.) I can remember when I relied upon the 508 DVR - a single receiver SD DVR. The last post here I can find that I made here regarding it was a mention in 2009. Perhaps it is because I remember my 508's I'm comfortable with my Wally. Most certainly in the era of streaming I don't need more than one since even if it were to fail for some reason, I can access programming through my Roku albeit with unskippable commercials. I don't know why, but there are only 9 threads here with "Wally" in the title and those involve specific subscription or technical questions. It's a box that deserves at least one basic thread.