New Dish (Bell) Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR System • Shaw Gateway – Telus Optik TV Killer

Look out Shaw Gateway and Telus Optik, Dish Network just introduced a 3 tuner networked PVR at CES today called Hopper with thin-client servers called Joey’s.  Dish satellite equipment (echostar) is used by Bell north of the border so it’s only a matter of time till the new gear finds into Canada.

The Dish Hopper is the fastest Satellite Receiver on the market today with a speedy 750Mhz broadcom processor built in.  The built in 3 Tuner PVR is capable of recording up to 6 HD channels and the 2GB hard will record up to 250 hours of HD or 2000 hours of SD programing.  Dish Joey boxes are networked via standard coax (MOCA) so they will run on existing house wiring with no need to run Cat5 to your other TVs.  The Joey’s are the smallest HD boxes on the market not much bigger than a standard router and the system will support 1 Hopper and 3 Joeys to allow viewing in up to four separate rooms.  PVR anywhere is built-in along with a Sling Box which provides streaming to any internet connected devices such as iPads, iPhones and Laptops inside or outside the home.  So far the Hopper sounds pretty amazing but wait there’s more … How about internet and smart phone PVR access, programming and control, WEB, iPad, iPhone control apps and a well designed and laid out, universal whole house remote control using ZigBee radio frequency transmission.  ZigBee is a popular wireless home automation protocol, so we can only guess that somewhere down the road Dish plans to introduce home automation apps to the Hopper as well, although nobody’s talking about that right now.

Back side of Joey Thin Client – Source CNET

Dish just introduced the Hopper and Joey at CES 2012 for sale and distribution to their 8 million subscribers in the US beginning next month (February 2012).  There’s no word if or when or if Bell will be selling the Hopper in Canada but we’re predicting you’ll see the Hopper north of the 49th by spring or fall of 2012 at the latest – come one Bell bring  this system to Canada!

This system is seriously SICK and I for one, like many,  will be dropping Shaw and moving back to Bell once the Hopper comes to Canada unless Shaw unleashes MOCA on their Motorola cable boxes.

Check out the video:

for more information:  Dish Hopper Link

Dish Press Release
DISH introduces hopper and joey – next generation whole-home hd dvr Entertainment system
Features two-terabyte hard drive for up to 2,000 hours of entertainment
Never miss a primetime network show with PrimeTime Anytime
Records up to six programs in HD simultaneously, including PrimeTime Anytime
Hopper and three small Joeys let viewers watch HD and control DVR in four rooms
Las Vegas – Jan. 9, 2012 – [NASDAQ: DISH] – DISH Network L.L.C., the nation’s third largest pay TV provider, today introduced a whole-home high definition DVR entertainment system featuring the award-winning Hopper™ and Joey™.
The Hopper HD DVR and accompanying small Joey set-top boxes create a whole-home HD DVR entertainment system that lets DISH customers easily record, pause, and play back shows from any room in the home. While most whole-home DVRs do not have the same DVR functionality on every TV, the Hopper and Joey whole-home system offers the same DVR functionality on every TV, letting customers pause, play and rewind both live and recorded HD programs in up to four rooms.
The Hopper was unveiled by DISH CEO Joe Clayton at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas today, and it is already winning honors as a CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award honoree. Pricing and packaging will be announced later this quarter.
The main Hopper unit features:
Three satellite TV tuners
A two-terabyte hard drive for up to 2,000 hours of video entertainment
Up to 250 hours of HD or up to 1,000 hours of SD user recordings
Bluetooth for linking to devices such as wireless headphones
Picture-in-picture for watching any two channels simultaneously
Combined with a Joey, the Hopper whole-home HD DVR system offers more advanced features:
750 MHz Broadcom processer – the fastest satellite receiver processor available today for a quick, responsive on-screen guide
Approximately 50 percent more energy efficient for a four-room installation than previous models
ZigBee RF4CE using a proprietary protocol remote with “remote control finder” alert
High definition user interface
Easy-to-use, fast, graphical, tile-based user interface with predictive search
Small, sleek chassis for convenient placement
“Building on a heritage of award-winning DVRs, DISH is proud to be the first to introduce a groundbreaking product that delivers the most choices for TV entertainment by integrating multiple sources of video into one set-top box,” said DISH Network CEO Joe Clayton. “The Hopper gives our customers network TV shows on demand and thousands of family movie choices streaming or delivered to the hard drive. With its massive storage, the Hopper leads the industry in delivering the most entertainment options, bar none, for every member of the household.”
The Hopper – Endless Entertainment Options
The Hopper’s new, unparalleled feature, PrimeTime Anytime™ allows customers, with one click, to record using a single tuner all of the primetime TV programming from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – the networks that deliver the most popular shows during primetime. Once activated by a customer, PrimeTime Anytime records network programming in high definition, where available, every night and stores them for eight days after they have aired. This creates an on-demand library of approximately 100 hours of primetime TV shows, and makes it easy to catch up on episodes from last night and last week’s airing.
The Hopper can record up to six TV shows at once (two live programs and four PrimeTime Anytime shows) while allowing viewers to watch up to four different recorded or on-demand

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10 Responses to New Dish (Bell) Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR System • Shaw Gateway – Telus Optik TV Killer

  1. shankster123 says:

    The Hopper from DISH seems to be what all customers have been wanting for a long time now. I am excited to get my hands on the biggest DVR recording space ever! So now I won’t have to delete my shows or choose over another. I would say there isn’t anything like it. My favorite feature is the remote locater. My family is always losing the remote, sweet!

  2. Pablo says:

    This is a great development, although Bell will need to create a new name for the receiver as “bell hopper” already has an inappropriate definition.

    • djsedm says:

      Good Point. I’m sure Bell will re-brand and modify some of the features also for the Canadian market, overall it’s very impressive. I’m looking forward to it’s arrival.

  3. Dave Morgan says:

    All of you are certainly optimistic about Bell adopting this new system and I would absolutely love to join you…but…Bell has a nasty habit of being both sloooooooow and not necessarily predictable regarding future receivers. After they screwed up with the 9242 to 9241 change I’d say we’re overdue for them to get something right…but this is Bell and they will do whatever they want in their own good time and not necessarily in alignment with customer needs. Sorry for being the wet blanket…but you know this to be true.

    • djsedm says:

      I agree completely with your comments, you’re absolutely right Bell has never been the fastest to bring new hardware to market but it does have a record of following Dish Network hardware.

      I guess the optimism comes from the competitive offerings by both Telus and Shaw who already have networked PVR Anywhere solutions in place right now. One can argue the impact of these systems on Bell but there is certainly competitive pressure on Bell to maintain and grow market share. It’s too bad Shaw’s Gateway is such a flop because if it wasn’t that would have put extra pressure on Bell to bring new equipment to the market sooner rather than later.

      Will we see a Bell Networked PVR this spring or early summer? That’s hard to say for certain but I still predict we’ll see the Dish Hopper/Joey system migrate north to Canada before the end of the year and hopefully sooner rather than later.

  4. starry eyes says:

    I just got my Hopper installed about a month ago and I really love it! I don’t know what I would do without my DVR; I use it on a daily basis to record my shows during primetime. The best feature they recently added is Auto Hop where you can skip through commercials in primetime TV! I know a lot of my co-workers at Dish love this new feature as well.

  5. Sam says:

    I don’t understand why CBS, FOX, & NBC execs don’t want us to enjoy commercial-free TV. I’m a DISH employee – AutoHop is great because you can easily watch commercial-free TV. Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group, is taking a stand for consumers by creating a petition that tells CBS, FOX, & NBC media to keep their hands out of your living room & DVR.

    • Dan says:

      Well… it’s because commercials are what allow the networks to exist. The income from commercials is what pays for the creation of the television shows (that we want to watch commercial-free). The only alternative is the “premium cable” model, where subscribers pay a monthly fee for access to high quality commercial-free programming (HBO for example).

      • djsedm says:

        You’re absolutely right Dan, commercials are the foundation for financing of regular broadcast TV. With the advent of cable TV, global TV networks and channels and now the PVR, Time Shifting, Global Broadcast of shows and the ability to record live TV and then SKIP Commercials with a PVR, traditional commercials are losing their effectiveness and giving way to Product Placement as the number one most effective method of advertising on Television. The only shows where the commercials are watched are LIVE Broadcast shows such as sports and news. Regular TV shows are usually PVR’d and then the commercials are skipped. My wife and I rarely watch live TV and PVR everything, even when we watch live TV we wait 15-20 minutes after the broadcast starts so we can skip through the commercials, of course there’s no getting around the product placement everywhere in broadcast and cable TV programming.

        Podcasts and YouTube have enabled anybody with a video recorder and computer to record and edit broadcast quality 1080P videos transforming what for decades has been the traditional model for broadcast television. Several surveys have found that young adults under the age of 25, teenagers and kids watch more than 50% of their entertainment on-line from YouTube, Podcasts, NetFlix and Torrent Downloads. I have two nephews ages 18 and 20 who spend more than 80% of their viewing on-line. Napster started the evolution in the way we consume music which lead to the iTunes Music Store and Music Stores. Video and Broadcast TV will be no different.

        Already today more than 25% of all television viewing occurs on portable devices like smart phones, tablets and netbooks. That’s just the beginning. Some studies forecast that by 2015 we will consume more than 50% of our video viewing on portable devices. Traditional Television is morphing into a Pay Per View or Subscription based alacarte model leaving traditional broadcast TV for mainly sports and news programming. Even sports leagues are seeing the PPV model as the way of the future and all the major sports leagues, MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL offer Subscription or PPV season packages for watching their respective leagues on your portable devices, computers and even on some smart TVs.

        MLB, NBA, NFL …. etc, There’s an APP for that. ABC News, CBS News, NBC, Fox, CNN, etc … there’s an app for that too. I could go on but suffice it to say that BIG Change is coming in the way we receive, watch and consume our entertainment media. Music was the first … how many record stores are still around? Does anyone listen to CD’s anymore? Most new cars have MP3 player jacks or docks as opposed to CD players, the transition from physical media (CD) in music is 90% complete …. look out video is next and moving very quickly.

        Commercials – while a necessity for broadcast TV … are not necessarily going to be as predominate in the next era of Video Entertainment.

        Dish Network may be a little ahead of their time, but five years from now we’ll all look back and wonder what the fuss was all about.

  6. Dan says:

    I agree with your main points completely, although your statistics are from the U.S. market, which is very different from that in the Great White North. My wife and I also will wait 15 or 20 minutes to watch a scheduled TV show so we can skip the commercials, and I agree that the future of video entertainment is destined for some major changes, assuming we can dislodge the mega-corps mindset of going to any lengths to maintain their death-grip on technologically outdated business models. Which as we have seen includes a push for global laws that are, in essence, supporting specific industries at the cost of innovation, other industries, and the public good.

    Of course, my original comment was simply trying to address the OP’s “I don’t understand why CBS, FOX, & NBC execs don’t want us to enjoy commercial-free TV” comment.

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