Dish Shows Hopper Integration with Control4, Crestron, Savant (Updated)
Open API for Dish Hopper enables two-way integration with home automation. Dish announces partnership with Control4 at CEDIA 2013, demos concepts from Savant and Crestron.
Julie Jacobson · September 26, 2013
Dish announced in July 2013 it would open up the API for its Hopper multiroom DVR system to select developers of mobile apps. Here at CEDIA Expo 2013, the satellite box manufacturer is demonstrating two-way integration with a Control4 home automation system.
Dish previously had not allowed two-way integration with third-party systems, so integrators were forced to kludge Dish into their systems using IR. Today’s announcement is exciting news for integrators wishing to harness the full capabilities of the Hopper and integrate its services with a complete home system.
At CEDIA, you will see how the complete Hopper feature set is available through a Control4 interface, alongside thermostat and lighting controls. Press the blue button on the Control4 touchpad or iPad app and up pops all the apps available through Dish.
Another button press will show you what is playing on any given TV in the house, and quite possibly the status of the lights and temperature in those rooms. Theoretically, you could program a system to close the shades when an “R” rated movie is selected, or react in some other way based on rich data delivered through Dish.
Vivek Khemka, senior VP product management for Dish, tells CE Pro it took a while to deploy the two-way IP communications protocol because of potential network security concerns, requirements from content providers and, of course, the API development.
“There was no holding back” on exposing every little bit of the Hopper capabilities in the API.
“It’s basically the exact same API as for Dish Explorer,” Khemka says of Dish’s own app.
Control4 press release, next page
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at email@example.com
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