Monday, January 9, 2012

DISH Network Pulls Out The Big Guns With Hopper and Joey 2TB DVR

(Forbes) Joe Clayton, CEO of Dish, takes the stage with a live kangaroo. We’ve introduced a lot of firsts, now we have another one, Clayton says. The first company to feature a live mascot at a CES press conference. He also introduces new corporate mascots, Hopper and Joey.
Hopper is the new Dish DVR. It aso includes the Joey, the side kick DVRs that can be used in other rooms. The system can record in four different rooms and up to 6 HD programs at one time. It support both satellite and IPTV. It’s MoCA (Multimedia over Coax), Bluetooth (for headphones) and ZigBee compatible.
Music: Music has been neglected in most pay-TV systems, Clayton says. The Hopper includes 73 channels from Sirius XM including new 9 Latino channels.
Hard Drive: The Hopper includes 2 TB of memory, 2,000 hours of content, more than competitors, Clayton says.
Blockbuster @Home: Dish is expanding its Blockbuster service now includes 6,000 family and kids shows. Wall Street believes Blockbuster is tarnished but to Main Street, Blockbuster means family and movies, Clayton says. For $10 per month, people get more than 100,000 DVD movies, TV shows and games by mail and streaming of more than 10,000 movies and TV shows, including more than 3,000 kids shows.
Latino Content: The fastest growing demographic group in America. Dish is adding more than 3,000 episodes of telenovellas and other Latino content to Blockbuster @Home.
Dish Unplugged: A new service: People who don’t have Internet access can get movies delivered via this service via satellite.
Marketing: In the past our message was focused on having the best price, Clayton says. Not any more. “Variety innovation and value” is the new motto.
User Interface: Personalizes your TV with your favoriate shows. If you connect it to broadband you can get instant access to on-demand shows and movies. With a Sling adapter you can watch live channels on PC, tablet or mobile. Apps included are Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and others.
Prime Time Anytime: A new features. You can record all four networks in HD and two other channels at the same time. (Now you can have enough entertainment to never have to leave your house ever ever ever again.)
Dish plus broadband: Dish is partnering with ViaSat to offer satellite broadband. Delivers up to 12 MBPS. The cost  for both is under $79.99  per month all on one bill. It will be launched this summer when sister company EchoStar adds its own service.
Dish is getting back to growth, Clayton says. “We are basically relaunching our company… And we are well on our way to transforming our company.” 


Anonymous said...

The Hopper from DISH sounds like every TV watcher's dream! I can't wait to get my hands on this DVR. It has 2 Terabytes of storage and is external hard drive compatible, so it adds and doesn't replace existing DVR space; that is freaking awesome! Since I started working for DISH; I haven’t seen a product better than this one. My favorite feature would be the Remote Locater; my kids are always losing the remote. I can’t wait.

Anonymous said...

Having the ability to record up to six HD programs is going to be awesome. I use all our DVR’s right now in my household because I have so many shows on at the same time. With this receiver, I will be able to record all the PrimeTime shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX all on one tuner. My husband will be so happy to get one of the DVR’s back. Working at DISH Network, I was able to play around with the receiver with my co-workers and it was amazing what it could do. I am so excited to be able to watch a show in one room and continue it in another room. For me, the Hopper is perfect because I have three TV’s in my house and it can hook up to all of them.

Anonymous said...

I love having the Hopper in my home. The PrimeTime Anytime is awesome to have. I have been able to see some shows that I haven’t in the past because of recording conflicts. A new feature that has been added on, and compliments the PrimeTime Anytime is Auto Hop. My boss at Dish told me that this feature can work on most primetime shows and it available at 1a.m. after the show airs. If I enable this feature, the commercials will automatically be skipped over. They are not deleted, but I don’t have to fast-forward through the commercials myself. I love Auto Hop and I applaud Dish for giving their customers an option.