“Slinging” TV programs over the Internet was developed by Sling Media which was bought by EchoStar (aka DISH).
With a DISH Hopper with Sling, DirecTV’s DirecTV Everywhere, or Sling Media’s new Slingbox M1, you can watch (or “stream”) your TV programs on a computer, smartphone, or tablet (like an iPad) anywhere you have a good Internet connection.
For example, let’s say in your Detroit home you have a DISH Hopper with Sling that’s connected to the Internet. However, in Spring you visit relatives in Florida, but you want to watch a Detroit Tigers game. That could be tough in Florida. But since you have a Hopper with Sling, you download the DISH Anywhere app to your iPad, log into your DISH account, find the Tigers game on the DISH Anywhere iPad TV guide, and start watching baseball!
One proviso for those of us on the road . . .
Slinging TV video over the Internet can use a great amount of broadband data. If you’re getting your Internet over a cable TV line or a phone line, you have nothing to worry about because you’re data “allowance” is essentially unlimited
However, if you’re on a Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint cellular plan that only allows a fixed amount of data usage per month . . . be careful.