Dish enhances Blockbuster service for Apple iPad

Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) has rolled out an app for Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad that will allow customers who subscribe to its Blockbuster @Home movie service or select premium movie packages to watch thousands of on-demand streaming movies and TV shows.

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The Dish Remote Access App is free to Dish customers in the Apple App Store.

The Dish Remote Access App is free to Dish customers in the Apple App Store. Streaming movies and TV shows using the enhanced Dish Remote Access app requires a Dish log-in ID and a broadband-connected iPad. Dish subscribers also can watch live TV on their iPad if they have a Dish Sling Adapter and a broadband-connected compatible Dish HD DVR receiver.

"Dish is known for innovation, variety and value and has raised the bar when it comes to developing innovative ways to watch TV, whether on a big screen TV in your living room or on an iPad at the airport," said Vivek Khemka, vice president of product management. "Dish customers have a wide variety of entertainment options found nowhere else."

Dish, which lost 111,000 subscribers in the third quarter, is planning more announcements today, including news on its "Hopper" multi-room DVR, plans for a summer launch of broadband satellite service, and details on its rebranded Blockbuster @Home movie service, which launched as the Blockbuster Movie Pass in September.

Dish subscribers who opt for that service get about 4,000 movies, hundreds of on-demand TV shows for delivery to a computer and 3,000 episodes available for TV screens for $10 a month. Subscribers also have access to older titles on some Dish movie channels (think EPIX, MGM and the Sony Movie Channel). The deal includes DVDs and games by mail and unlimited DVDs and games from brick and mortar locations.

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