How The 4K Joey Receiver Is Changing TV

Technology moves fast. It’s in a constant state of evolution, making gadgets faster, more intuitive and more immersive. So while smartphones, tablets and watches are all improving, shouldn’t your satellite TV change as well? Well, TV just got a makeover with DISH’s 4K Joey. Here’s a look at why TV will never be the same:

4K Displays

You’ve seen 4K televisions in every electronics department. These ultra-high definition screens put you in the middle of the show, game or movie being shown. But what is 4K really? These screens have a higher definition than any other screen, which means they have more pixels — roughly 8 million more, which is four times better than a 1080p screen. The title “4K” might mislead you because 1080p was named for the height of the display, but 4K screens are named after the image’s width. Until recently, few 4K channels were available, but that’s where the 4K Joey comes in.

4K Receiver

A 4K television isn’t enough; you also need a 4K receiver, like the 4K Joey. The Joey features state-of-the-art decoding capability, because the image must be decoded before the image is resolved. It is also compatible with DISH’s Hopper DVR and can transfer content via Sling technology.


Oftentimes, the presentation of your entertainment system is as important as the image on the screen. The 4K Joey is small and discreet and can be hidden out of sight, so it doesn’t clash with your decor. An uncluttered space makes the experience of the big game, the latest blockbuster or your favorite TV show more immersive.


The 4K Joey is the first device in this line to utilize Bluetooth technology. Use the 4K Joey with the Hopper to link to Netflix, which has invested in providing 4K content. You also can link the Joey to your Bluetooth-enabled surround sound and other entertainment devices.


The 4K Joey isn’t only the first receiver of its kind, it’s also compatible with any 4K TV with an HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. As both of these are an industry standard that are unlikely to change in the near future, you won’t find yourself with a receiver and TV that aren’t compatible.


Programs have been the largest concern in 4K TV. Most content is provided online from sources like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Ultraflix and PlayStation Video. To further fan the flames of speculation, the Samsung and Panasonic Ultra-HD Blu-Ray players have had a U.S. release date delay. While both companies slated these releases for the holiday season, both have moved back the dates for a 2016 release, according to Consumer Reports.


While there are some concerns about available 4K content, there’s no doubt that DISH has pushed the envelope for its customers. With the 4K Joey on the market, there is suddenly a broader customer base for 4K content, whether it’s live or streaming. For instance, CBS bought four 4K cameras in April and has used them since June, and NBC tested 4K cameras at some of its televised preseason NFL games. While the plethora of 4K content you might expect from media channels might be a while away, never underestimate how quickly new technology is implemented and soon becomes the norm. DISH and the 4K Joey have installed the infrastructure, and now content creators must catch up.