Introducing the HOPPER 3™  More Capabilities, Fewer Conflicts


Americans spend more time on their mobile devices than they do watching TV, according to a Flurry Insights report. A Nielsen survey found nearly half of smartphone owners (46 percent) and tablet owners (43 percent) use their devices as second screens while watching TV every day. It was only a matter of time before mobile devices were optimized for TV lovers, and that time is now. With the following HopperGO and DISH Anywhere mobile features, people might not even mind how long their commute or wait time is. The mobile TV experience is about to step up its game big time for 2016.


Expanded storage.

It’s nice to download a movie or a few TV episodes when preparing for a long flight without Wi-Fi, but that video content eats up valuable storage space. With the HopperGO, forget about erasing apps, music or pictures to free up space on your device — with up to 100 hours of storage space, you can have your multimedia cake and eat it, too. That equates to every episode of Game of Thrones andevery Star Wars movie made (including The Force Awakens once it becomes available) with more than 30 hours left to spare. Simply plug the HopperGO into your mobile device and access your collection wherever you are.

On any screen size.

An iPad might still be the ideal mobile device for watching TV, but with smartphone screens increasing in screen size and speed, the gap is closing. The HopperGO can be used with any iOS or Android-powered smartphone or tablet.

On up to five devices.

Ninety percent of U.S. households have three or more Internet-connected devices, according to the communication technology company Ericsson. A “one-device pony” has obvious drawbacks. The HopperGO enables your entire entertainment collection to be broadcast to up to five devices at the same time. More devices, no more problems.

DISH Anywhere

Don’t forget about the DISH Anywhere app, which has always been the platform for a great mobile TV experience. DISH Anywhere enables you to watch live TV, from sporting events to prime-time TV, and anything from the On Demand selection. Recorded programs can be watched with DISH Anywhere, and those programs can be stored on the HopperGO. So if you’re going somewhere with no Internet access, simply use the DISH Anywhere app to transfer content to your mobile device and watch from there or save the storage space by using HopperGO.

The mobile-optimized program guide also allows you to search, filter, find and record shows from your mobile device. When you get home, turn on the TV and connect to the DISH Anywhere app from your receiver for a seamless experience.

Finally, the DISH Explorer app adds yet another element to the mobile TV experience. Users can discover trending shows, engage fans over Twitter and Facebook and access other features that expand the functionality of the Hopper.

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The Hopper has nabbed some prestigious awards since its introduction at CES three years ago, including the Best in Show Award at CES 2013. Yet there was still room for innovation. This year at CES, DISH introduced the new HOPPER 3™: it’s slimmer and faster, with a slew of features that will make it even easier to access your favorite TV programming.

More Tuners, More TV, Less Conflict

The biggest update is the 16-tuner capability of the HOPPER 3™. Watch and record up to 16 movies, sitcoms, games and more at the same time. No more competing with members of your household over conflicting time slots — the power of 16 has you covered.

In addition to increased tuners, you now have the ability to watch and customize six channels at once with the Mosaic feature. With Joey technology, one HOPPER 3™ can support up to seven TVs.

Interface Facelift

Expert and user reviews about DVR interfaces have been critical across the board. The HOPPER 3™’s user interface has been redesigned based on consumer feedback, and as a result the experience is more intuitive. Beyond improved navigation and layout, predictive search is now available across channels and apps. Users can also search for specific topics such as “Oscar-winning movies” or “movies with Denzel Washington.”

In addition, the HOPPER’s processor has been updated, making this HOPPER seven times faster than its predecessor — which means easier searching, channel-flipping and recording. Other bonuses include parental controls, adjustable text and a binge watching-friendly layout.

Have It Your Way With 4K

Entire articles have been written to discuss the pros and cons of 4K TV and how to find 4K content. Opinions aside, 4K TV market penetration is expected to increase about 10 percent in 2016 to reach 23 percent, according to estimates by WitsView. Whether you’re on the 4K bandwagon or not, it’s good to know the HOPPER 3™ is 4K capable.

4K TV owners can watch, record and store their favorite content in 4K to the 2-TB Hopper hard drive. Previous Hoppers enabled users to create an at-home sports bar effect, but now that effect is enhanced with the ability to watch up to six sports channels in 4K. For those with whole-home entertainment needs, the 4K Joey is here. The Bluetooth-enabled 4K Joey is the slimmest Joey to date and is fully functional with non-4K TVs.

Say Hello to the New Remote

New features are great, but without an effective way to navigate and access them, they’re also irrelevant. Enter the new Hopper remote. The Hopper Voice Remote has a simplified design with an illuminated touchpad that serves as the main control engine. And as the name implies, this remote features advanced voice recognition, which you access via a side-mounted button.

Other user-friendly components include button backlights and dual control of your TV and AUX input (or more with infrared learning). Capabilities from previous Hopper remotes return, such as the ‘locate remote’ feature and one-button access to on-screen help and tips. Previous Hopper remotes are supported with the HOPPER 3™.

Plus All These Features

HEVC decoding and 3D support
AutoHop skips ads on select recorded prime-time shows when you wait to watch them
Interactive TV with announcement stream capability
Up to 9-day picture-in-guide with optional widescreen electronic program guide (EPG)
Name-based recording and advanced recommendation engine
TV Anywhere placeshifting via integrated Sling Technology
Transfer DVR recordings to an iPad using sideloading functionality from DISH Anywhere
Works with DISH Explorer second-screen app
Over-the-air (OTA) support via external USB-connected devices
Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth audio streaming
Over 70 SiriusXMTM music channels
Dolby Digital® support
Browser-based apps
On-screen caller ID with history
Favorites lists
Closed captioning and SAP support
Faster network and external hard drive access using GigabitEthernet and USB 3.0 ports
Upgraded embedded TSIO security
Targeted advertising via INVIDI
Viewer measurement
Set-top box health reporting
Temperature management
Software upgradeable via satellite