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Dish Adds YouTube to Hopper 3 STB

Dish has bolstered its Hopper 3 set-top box (STB) with the addition of YouTube accessibility.

Dish Adds YouTube to Hopper 3 STB
YouTube joins other apps available to Dish subscribers including Netflix, Pandora, Vevo and The Weather Channel.

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Robert Archer · October 21, 2016

Debuting on DISH’s Hopper 3 DVR is YouTube. This new streaming service addition brings viral videos and original content from creators across the globe to the TV screen via set-top box.

DISH customers can now access their favorite TV shows and the Internet’s most popular videos without changing inputs or devices.

The YouTube app was included in DISH’s latest software update pushed to Hopper 3 set-top boxes on Oct. 20. With this update, DISH states that it is the only nationwide pay-TV provider in the U.S. to deliver YouTube via set-top box.

YouTube joins several Hopper apps that together bring a range of entertainment options to customers, including Netflix, Pandora, Vevo and The Weather Channel.

DISH at CEDIA 2016:

“We designed Hopper 3 to be much more than a conventional set-top box,” says Niraj Desai, vice president of product management, DISH. “By aggregating apps like YouTube and Netflix with live linear television, Hopper 3 is capable of serving as a household’s comprehensive entertainment hub.”

Dish points out that users watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube every day, generating billions of views. DISH customers can now search, browse and play videos, as well as log into their YouTube and YouTube Red accounts, directly on a Hopper 3.

The YouTube app on Hopper 3 can be accessed from channel 371 or by selecting the “Apps” button on the remote control. Customers can also use the YouTube app on mobile devices to cast videos directly to their Hopper 3.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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