Q. I have Dish Network for TV and U.S. Cellular for Internet. Is there a way using this combination to hook up Netflix? — Name withheld.

Possibly, and the first part is easy.

Dish’s Hopper 3 DVR includes an app for Netflix. If the set-top is connected to the Internet, you can select the Netflix app from the Hopper menu and watch it on your television just like you would using any Smart TV or Smart TV device such as Roku.

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For more information on Dish’s Netflix app, click here. 

However, the second part of this equation is less certain. You will have to determine if your Dish Hopper 3 will connect to the Internet using a ‘hot spot’ from your U.S. Cellular service. To learn how to set up a Cellular hot spot, click here.

Once you set up the hot spot, you would choose U.S. Cellular from your list of available WiFi Networks from your Hopper 3 menu, and click on it to connect.

I wish I could tell you for sure that it will work, but hot spots and Smart TV devices are tricky. What works in one home (and on one Smart TV device) may not work in another so the only way to know for sure is to test it. If it doesn’t work, you can cancel your hot spot service immediately, hopefully before incurring a monthly charge.

Hope that helps. Happy Viewing!

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