Dish Network customers can now place sports bets on their TVs

March 3, 2021, 4:23 PM UTC

DraftKings is making it even easier for people to gamble from the comfort of their own home.

The online sportsbook company and Dish Network have struck a deal that allows Dish customers to view odds and place wagers directly from their TVs. They can automatically set recordings or watch live sports that correspond to those bets, too.

Fantasy leagues will also be included in the agreement, which will allow for expansion into Dish’s Sling TV and Boost Mobile at a later date.

“Our deal with Dish TV and the technology behind it immerses customers within a next-generation viewership experience and reaches these fan bases in a completely new way,” said Paul Liberman, president of product and technology and cofounder of DraftKings, in a statement. “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, showing odds, is available to Dish customers in all states, but wagering is restricted to states that allow it.

Dish customers will need to have an Internet-connected Hopper platform as part of their setup and are required to download the DraftKings app on the system. Once a bet or fantasy contest entry is initiated, customers will be prompted via text message to complete the transaction within the DraftKings app on their mobile device.

Initially, wagers will be taken on NCAA basketball, the NBA, and the NHL. Other leagues are expected to be included in the future.

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