DISH Hopper & Joey Whole Home HD DVR Review

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Whether you use satellite TV or cable or, the traditional way that you can record and watch live TV is by utilizing a DVR, or Set top box in every room where you want to watch TV, and typically those set top boxes don’t talk to each other.

But what if you had just one DVR, which allows you to watch live and recorded television anywhere in the house on multiple devices anytime. That’s the basic purpose of the new Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR from Dish.  It can change the way you watch TV, it is a solid built box with has all the similar ports like the regular DVR, but what makes it special is its multi-room connectivity and streaming capabilities.

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Lets check how it works and some of the features. The Hopper is the whole-home HD DVR that can support upto 4 HD TVs independently, with all the TVs linked together. You can set recording from any room and watch on any other TV on other room. Hopper acts as one DVR library and 4 Joey’s which has full HD DVR functionality. Joey is a small multi room client which is connected to the base Hopper which acts as a library. It lets you local access to the content stored in the hopper

Features you should know:

  • Connect upto 4 HD TVs linked to Hopper
  • Record upto 6 programs simultaneouly.
  • Pause from one room and watch on another
  • Skip commercials on recordings
  • 2 terabytes of inbuilt memory(2000 hours) and eSATA port for external storage
  • Hopper Transfers
  • PrimeTime Anytime
  • Web, Smartphone and Tablet apps

Stream, Pause, Record

Record 6 HD channels at once. 4 local HD from local network and 2 HD channels of your choice all at the same time. If you are traveling or at office, you can schedule recording or your favorite programs and when you are back home, enjoy watching it from any of the TVs that you have connected with Hopper. Hopper could help you relax on a flight by letting you watch recorded TV without an Internet connection (Hopper Transfers). Now you don’t need to buy movies from iTunes. DISH can Keep you entertained when you are on the go by letting you watch live and recorded TV anywhere. (DISH Anywhere and Hopper Transfers).

Web,Mobile, and Tablets.

With DISH Anywhere app – Never miss watching your favorite team or program again by transforming your smartphone, tablet or computer into a portable TV. With the DISH Anywhere app (for Apple and Android devices) and www.dishanywhere.com online portal, subscribers can watch live and recorded TV including live sporting events, TV shows and movies – anytime, anywhere. DISH Anywhere also lets you take control of your DVR to schedule and manage recordings remotely. DISH Anywhere is included with every DISH subscription at no additional charge.

Watch programs on the go, even with no internet.

Hopper Transfers- This is the long awaited solution for watching programs when traveling without an Internet connection, such as in-flight or on the road. Simply transfer your DVR recordings to your iPad with the free Hopper Transfers app before you leave the house.  iPad will need to be on your home network in order to receive files and you can enjoy your favorite movies or shows on flights or keep your kids entertained on a long road trip, even when you don’t have an Internet connection. Your shows and movies – on your time anywhere. And it is free. As of now, it is not sure when this will be available on Android.

3 hours of Primetime recording

With  the “Prime Time Anytime” you can record 6 different shows at the same time during primetime. So you can stream that from any room. It keeps last 8 days recording from the broadcast date. It comes with 2 terabytes space(250 hours of HD video 1000 hrs of SD recording) to keep all your recordings and this storage space is comes included in the Hopper.

Whole-Home HD DVR Functionality

You can pause or record what you are watching from one room and continue watching from another room, or both of the rooms can stream the exact program at the same time. You can record upto 6 HD channels at once. 4 local HD from local network and 2 HD channels of your choice all at the same time. If you are traveling or at office, you can schedule recording or your favorite programs and when you are back home, enjoy watching it from any of the TVs that you have connected with Hopper.

 Wrap up

Existing users can still upgrade to Dish Hopper. And If you have Dish already and can’t decide if it’s worth the upgrade, don’t overthink it, this upgrade is a no-brainer. If you are considering to switch to Dish, you can have least concerns about comparing features with your existing  provider. Dish provides most HD and international programming in the U.S and already used by 14 million subscribers and state of the art equipments and cutting edge technology at best value. Get hopper free when you sign up for DISH, . Dish comes at a starting price of $24.99/ month and 24 months commitment.

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