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Dish Hopper Whole-Home DVR Records 6 Shows Simultaneously

The Dish Network Hopper whole-home DVR stores up to 2 TBs of HD programming, recording up to six HD channels at once that can be played back from any room.

Dish Network Hopper Video Distribution System

Dish unveiled its Hopper Video Distribution System during a news conference at CES 2012.

Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton said at CES 2012 that the company will unleash a “whole new animal” in the world of home entertainment, adding that "we are basically relaunching our company."

Dish is launching a new video distribution system. The "Hopper" HD DVR serves as the hub of the network, storing up to 2 terabytes (equal to 2,000 hours of entertainment) of HD content for distribution to as many three "Joeys" (the super-small receiver boxes), which are installed in other rooms of the house.

Clayton made the announcement after he strolled onto the stage with a live baby kangaroo in his arms. “It’s a DVR that hops from room to room,” he said. Clever. The main Hopper and each Joey can play something different (recorded or live), and as many as six shows can be recorded simultaneously, thanks to the three satellite tuners that are built into the Hopper.

By the time the Hooper hits the market (by summertime), Dish will offer 73 channel of music, plus access to Pandora, making it a real contender as a simple, affordable whole-house music and video system. A nice touch is the improved interface that displays the album cover on the TV screen as you navigate your choices.

Another cool feature is PrimeTime Anytime. Instead of pecking your way through a guide to select individual programs to record, this one command records to a single tuner all primetime programming on ABC, CBS, CBS and Fox every night for a week and stores them for eight days after they have aired.

The Hopper also provides users access to apps including Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, and a remote access app that lets users manage and control the Hopper from a smartphone, tablet or PC. The content is distributed from the Hopper to the Joeys via coaxial cabling using the Multimedia Over Coax Alliance (MoCA) specification.

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About the Author

Lisa Montgomery
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.

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Posted by VIncent Gambini  on  01/10  at  09:00 AM

I’m thoroughly excited for the new Hopper, everything that I’ve been reading about it leads me to believe that it destroys the DirecTV Whole Home DVR when it comes to performance and features. Now, just like other options, you can start a movie in one room, pause it and resume it in a different room, but there are plenty of reasons on why this is more beneficial. With the Hopper and the Joeys, all of my other TVs can also be in HD, and working for DISH this is my favorite perk. One of the tuners will record all 4 of the major networks during prime time, saving me tons of DVR space.

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