The new Sling Adapter for Dish Network is cheap ($99), easy to install, and works great, but it’s not as full featured as a SlingBox. If you have an Android smartphone you can get the free Dish Remote Access app from the Android Market, and iPhone users can get it from the App Store. While I’ve read the iPhone app has a few issues, I can tell you the Android app is top notch, but that’s not really what this article is about. You’ll have to jump through a few hoops if you want to watch TV with Sling Adapter via Dish Remote Access while surfing the web, or working online.
One quick workaround is to just use your phone as a TV. Have a horizontal desktop phone dock? Just plug your phone in, and start watching. Don’t have a dock? Plug it in, and prop it up. This is a bit of a half baked workaround since your phone is after all a phone, and you might want to use it to make a call, check email, or send a text.