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.
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 SiriusXM™ 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