Posted by: Colin Smith
For a few years I went without paying for cable or satellite television. It cost me some money up front, but I was able to save about 2500 dollars after all my expenses based on a 100 dollar per month cable bill and the amount of time that I was not paying. Recently, I have connected again. Managing all of the content over the air, using Windows Media Center with two tuner cards worked great, as long as I was getting a good signal to the antenna. That was not always the case for me. The other way to get content is online. That was a bit more difficult to manage. Different networks and shows have different policies on how long they keep content online, and when the post the content, if you are like me and are not willing to pay for the content.
So finally I decided to take the plunge back into the world of paying for television service. This was partly due to my antenna just not getting a good signal consistently and I just did not have time to deal with all of the issues all the time now that I have a baby. So I had Dish network in the past, so I gave them a call and got signed up again. Now I am paying a lot of money for content but I do not have to worry about it not working any more. Also I really do love the whole home DVR setup, the Hopper, that Dish offers. I wish it was a bit more configurable but perhaps that will come in time. I also opted to get the Sling adapter and I am glad that I did. It was only another 50 bucks up front and no additional charge monthly. I did this because I already had a Sling Box that I use to watch my TV over the internet at a house my parents own that we spend some time at now and then. This makes it so I only have to have internet at that house. Also, in my opinion, the new Sling adapter is much better then the Sling HD that I was using.
The only issue with the new Sling adapter is that Dish will sell it to you and take your money, but they can not tell you how to get it to work. It will work in your network just fine, but with the ports that they tell you to open it is useless. I have been complaining for months about this and they still have no idea how to fix it. So I did some testing and figured it out for them. I put my Hopper IP into a DMZ so that all ports were open to it from the outside and of course that made it work just fine. This verified that it was a port issue and nothing more. So here is a list of the ports that you can open on your firewall that will make it work.
Open those up on your router to your Hopper IP and you will be in business.
So I do recommend dish network as I think they have good programming options for a decent price as well as some good hardware in the Hopper system and Joeys, and I do love the Sling Adapter now that I have it working. I notified Dish of all these ports and that it is working for me and they even gave me 100 bucks off for doing the work to figure this out. I do not think that the first level of customer support is very good but if you escalate then it does get better. So if you are looking for new Television service, leave me a comment and I will send you a link that will contain a voucher good for 50 bucks off service when you sign up.