If you're reading every word of this post and running it through an internal translator to output a language your brain understands, DISH has something for you. The DishWorld app has launched on Android, bringing over 90 channels in 12 (non-english) languages to your device over the internet. It requires a subscription, but no hardware on the roof.

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DishWorld programming is currently offered in Arabic, Bangla, Brazilian (Portuguese, presumably), Cantonese, Filipino, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Vietnamese (Mandarin and Taiwanese are coming soon). The channels cover a wide range of interests including sports, movies, news, and drama. While the service is aimed at live TV, there is also an "8-day replay" option to rewatch any program that has aired on any subscribed channel in the last 8 days.

In addition to mobile devices, DishWorld works on Roku boxes, computers, and some TVs. Pricing varies by language, but most of the basic packages start at $14.99 with multiple add-ons for more content. It's a little pricey, but it's not like there's a ton of competition in streaming international TV to expatriates living in the US.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • daniel

    Brazilian? There isn't such language, I think.

    • Frederico Silva

      Can't believe we're in 2013 and people still use 'brazilian' instead of 'portuguese' or 'brazilian portuguese' at max..

    • wewewi

      There's always country-specific distinctions :

      UK, USA and AU often get separate listings

      Quebec's french is pretty different from France's..

      Who knows the subtilities of those foreign languages?

  • http://twitter.com/BeingHiitesh Hitesh

    I was super excited for this until I installed and lo and behold the damn app doesn't work on rooted devices :(

    • Taurus_G4

      LOL good choice of words; Lo' behold the APP is half baked!

    • atlouiedog

      I've seen a number of streaming video apps that block rooted users. The content is locked behind an account and on a server. are they afraid people are using rooted android devices to capture the streams or something? it seems like there are probably better ways to pirate the content.

      • http://twitter.com/BeingHiitesh Hitesh

        I really don't understand why though. I pay for bright house and I pay for dish world, yet both apps don't work if you are rooted. There is a stigma associated with being rooted. These companies don't really understand why android users actually root. We like the added functionality and customizations that come with being rooted in the form of custom roms, cm10 etc

  • gunsranger

    woaah Hritik from Bollywood and Megastar Chiruuu from Tollywood (telugu) :D
    Privileged to Have Chiru on Android Police Screen shots :))

    • http://www.facebook.com/chinna.rao.16 Chinna Rao

      haha...agree with u..
      nice to see chiranjeevi here...
      never expected it

  • Amer Khaznadar

    So, you're advertising an app that has only one single review, And that happens to be a negative review saying that the app doesn't work on rooted devices.
    Could you please elaborate why you're posting about it? Am I missing something here?

    • Joseph Cascio

      The review is mine. I'm so POed. I have dish and finally an app comes out that MIGHT be useful and I can't use it because I'm rooted. WTF... Having a rooted device in no way creates a vulnerability to watch their content without logging in. I am a paying customer, I should be able to use all the same services as a paying dish customer that is not rooted. This is essentially discriminating against rooted users. All rooting does is give access to the root of the storage. Now I know other video apps/service do the same thing but it needs to stop. Seriously, there is a huge lawsuit here if anyone wants to proceed.

      • http://twitter.com/BeingHiitesh Hitesh

        Use OTA rootkeeper to temp unroot. Relaunch dishworld app. Worst part is that this doesn't auto conform to screen size. It has some predetermined size limitation which sucks since I can't watch it full screen on note 2

        • Haedocynic

          I wonder how they detect that you're rooted anyway, if you just don't give the application root permission? Any idea how that works?

      • Gav456

        Sky go does exactly the same thing. I haven't rooted my nexus 7 for that exact reason. It's a travesty, I wrote a strongly worded email to customer support and all they said was that it's in their contract with partners to not allow it and there's nothing they could do. I'd have to restore stock firmware and unroot for it to work. =(

  • bbd

    The first paragraph of your write up sounds a bit racist... What's up with that?

    • Freak4Dell

      You're reading much too deep into it.

  • WTF

    "If you're reading every word of this post and running it through an
    internal translator to output a language your brain understands".....Who the f*** does that?

    • Freak4Dell

      I don't do it when I read (because I can't read anything but English), but I'm bilingual and my brain thinks in English, so when people talk to me in another language, I internally translate it to English before my brain is ready to process it. It's not all that uncommon.

  • http://geeknizer.com Geeknizer

    Very crapy app and Play store settings. It displays hindi, telugu as supported languages, but doesn't show up any of my device: Note N7000 (rooted), Nexus 10 (non-rooted) on compatibility lists WTF.

  • Pablo

    They release the android app where is the I pad,I phone app?