|[January 06, 2014]
DISH Energizes Hopper Platform Giving Customers the Ability to Record Industry-Leading Eight Shows Simultaneously; Delivers Whole Hopper to Whole Home
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
Today at the 2014 International CES (News - Alert), DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary
of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), unveiled a super-charged
slate of enhancements to the award-winning Hopper™ Whole-Home HD DVR
platform that extend the reach of the Hopper experience into the home
and improve the overall user experience.
Hopper with Sling family (Photo: Business Wire)
"The Hopper continues to break new barriers in terms of accessibility,
affordability and mobility," said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH CEO and
president. "You see that in the way in which DISH delivers more content
and virtually ends channel conflict with SuperJoey. Our new Wireless
Joeys and software-based Virtual Joeys make in-home installation options
almost limitless. And, our app strategy continues to lead the way with
best and most value-packed mobile entertainment experience in the
First introduced in 2012 and updated with built-in Sling technology last
year, the 2013 CES "Best of Show" award-winning Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR
and accompanying Joey set-top boxes have established a category-leading
entertainment system that gives DISH customers the ability to record,
pause, and play back shows from any room in the home and on the go. The
Hopper features exclusive DISH innovations, including the PrimeTime
Anytime® and AutoHop™ commercial-skipping features.
The Hopper's Sling technology gives customers the ability to view live
and recorded television anywhere on Internet-connected tablets,
smartphones and computers at no additional charge using the DISH
Anywhere™ app. The app now includes DISH Transfers functionality for
remote viewing when no Internet connection is available.
Hopper with SuperJoey gives customers the ability to record
more shows; fights channel conflict
Customers can record up to eight shows simultaneously with Hopper by
pairing it with DISH's new "SuperJoey," a client that adds two network
tuners to the Hopper's native three tuners.
"With so much to watch on the Hopper, customers have asked for even more
recording capability," said Vivek Khemka, DISH senior vice president of
Product Management. "This upgraded ability, combined with the Hopper's
capacity to store 2,000 hours of content, will anchor its place as
simply the best DVR available."
While extending the capabilities of a Hopper to any television in a
household, SuperJoey gives users the ability to record up to eight shows
simultaneously -- any four shows plus the four major broadcast networks.
Alternatively, the five network tuners give users the ability to watch
and record any five shows from any network.
SuperJoeys are backwards compatible for all models of the Hopper.
Wireless Joey expands installation options
DISH's new Wireless Joey system similarly opens up installation options
where coaxial or Ethernet wiring is difficult to achieve or undesirable.
The Wireless Joey installation includes a Wireless Joey Access Point (News - Alert) and
a Wireless Joey client.
"High on our customers' wish list is the ability to mount a TV on any
wall - they don't want to be anchored to a coax outlet or by unsightly
wire runs," said Khemka.
The Wireless Joey Access Point can serve two Wireless Joey clients by
creating its own dedicated 802.11ac Wi-Fi cloud within the home. This
approach ensures that other Wi-Fi devices in a household do not degrade
the Hopper's video quality. The Wireless Joey Access Point connects
directly to the Hopper and will work in homes that do not have Internet
New Joey apps gives customers the ability to get the Hopper
experience on gaming, Smart TV devices
DISH has joined the introduction of the new Sony PlayStation® 4 system
with the release of a software app that gives users the ability to
access a Virtual Joey, providing a nearly identical experience to the
Hopper's hardware-based Joeys within the PS4™ environment. DISH is also
releasing a Joey app for the PlayStation® 3 system.
As announced yesterday, DISH is offering a Virtual Joey client for Smart
TVs from LG Electronics (News - Alert).
"These software-based Joey clients give customers the ability to access
Hopper in any room, and customers don't have to add extra components, or
even wires, to access all their DISH content," said Khemka.
As with a hardware-based Joey, the software-based clients provide access
to and control of Hopper content, including live TV, recordings,
video-on-demand programs and navigation of the electronic program guide.
DISH delivers updated DISH Anywhere app; adds Kindle Fire as a
DISH recently released its updated DISH Anywhere app for iOS and Android (News - Alert)
devices. Among the improvements is the integration of the DISH
Transfers™ feature into DISH Anywhere, which gives users the ability to
view recorded content where no Internet connection is available.
DISH will be releasing a version of DISH Anywhere for Kindle Fire
Voice search and control with DISH Explorer App; Updated user
DISH has added voice search and Hopper control capabilities to its DISH
Explorer second-screen app for iPad.
"We've taken voice search for TV to a new level," said Khemka.
"Customers can now perform and build voice-driven searches to find live
TV shows, make video-on-demand selections or play back anything they
have recorded on their Hopper."
Customers can use natural language to search by title, actor or genre
and can build contextual searches that can narrow results.
In addition to search, customers can use voice commands to control basic
functions of the Hopper, including recording and playback.
Finally, DISH has improved Hopper's user interface making navigation
easier and has added a "recommendations" capability to the Hopper's
channel guide. This feature recommends similar shows to those being
watched, including TV shows, movies, sporting events or video-on-demand
Hopper with Sling is powered by a Broadcom
BCM7425 processor and contains a two-terabyte hard drive, giving
viewers the ability to record up to 500 hours of high-definition (2,000
hours of standard definition) content. DISH's Hopper includes built-in
802.11n Wi-Fi for easy connection to customers' home networks.
SuperJoey is powered by a 1305 MHz, 3000 DMIPS Broadcom (News - Alert) BCM7346
processor, features two satellite tuners, remote finder functionality,
and supports MoCA and Ethernet connectivity.
Wireless Joey is powered by a 900MHz 2000 DMIPS BCM7418 processor. The
wireless performance for both the Wireless Joey and the Wireless Joey
Access Point is driven by the Broadcom BCM4360 802.11ac chip operating
at the 5Ghz band. The system features 3x3 MIMO with beam forming
internal antennas and auto frequency selection.
Availability of SuperJoey, the Virtual Joey apps and the DISH Anywhere
for Kindle Fire will be announced in the first quarter of 2014. DISH
expects to release the Wireless Joey this spring.
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DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH
Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.049 million satellite TV
customers, as of Sept. 30, 2013, with the highest quality programming
and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD
Free for Life®. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition
line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international
channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network
Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.
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