Dish Network and DraftKings announced a partnership today that will bring DraftKing’s sportsbook and fantasy sports to Dish customers. The partnership will start with the Dish TV Hopper platform and allows for expansion to include Sling TV and Boost Mobile in the future.
“The integration with DraftKings is an exciting enhancement for our customers and a great addition to the growing DISH TV Hopper platform — a one-stop entertainment hub,” said Brian Neylon, Group President, DISH TV. “We’re thrilled to work with DraftKings to amplify the sports-fan experience, and extend the DraftKings footprint across our unique suite of services, including SLING TV and Boost Mobile, with potential applications across our 5G wireless buildout in the future.”
Dish customers with a Hopper receiver will be able to access the DraftKings app to view betting odds and fantasy contests. They can initiate bets or contest entries with DraftKings directly from their TV, then set recordings and watch the live sports that correspond with those bets or fantasy teams. A text sent with DraftKings technology will complete the transaction.
“Our deal with DISH TV and the technology behind it immerses customers within a next-generation viewership experience and reaches these fanbases in a completely new way,” said Paul Liberman, president of product and technology and co-founder at DraftKings. “This is a unique opportunity for fans to watch games and engage with our real-money products while the technology also allows for further innovation ahead.”
The app will be accessible while watching live, on-demand, and recorded content and can be opened with the Dish Voice Remote with the voice command “Launch DraftKings” or by opening the app from the apps menu.