Dish Network brings shows online

The satellite TV service is preparing to break its online-streaming service out of beta this week, according to a New York Times report. It won't all be free content, of course, though.

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Dish Online's supported channels.
Dish Online's supported channels. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Satellite television provider Dish Network is preparing to offer television programming through an online-streaming service.

According to a New York Times report, Dish Network customers will be able to watch several shows on DishOnline.com from all the major networks. Customers can also watch content from cable networks, including MTV, Comedy Central, and The History Channel, to name a few.

Dish Online has been available in public beta for a while. But starting on Tuesday, the "beta" tag will be removed, and customers can watch content.

It won't all be free content, though. According to the Times report, there will be "some free video clips, but cable shows and many movies will be available only with a subscription." The company plans to charge subscribers a "onetime rental fee" for access to paid content.

According to the Dish Online Web page, the service will also enable users to search listings and set a linked DVR to record those listings.