One of the top satellite broadcasting companies in the United States took another step towards being the king of the hill with the announcement of their new high-powered DVR. Dish Network was on the brink of extinction just a few years ago but has seen exploding cable television prices help it get on life support. Now there are some reports that the company is stronger than ever, even to the point where a few months ago they were actually able to purchase Blockbuster. This was the kind of move no one would have seen coming just a few short years ago.
The main secret to Dish’s newfound success has been the ability to bring local and broadcast channels to their customers at a level that it could not meet when the company first launched. Of course, now that customers can watch all the same channels they can if they were to sign up for a land based cable company, those same customers are looking for the next big move. It appears that Dish has found their next silver bullet with a brand new DVR that would be one of the most powerful out there for any broadcast company.
The new Dish Network DVR is supposed to be so high powered that the set-top box will allow people in the bedroom to record to the DVR which can be located in the living room. Named the “Hopper” this particular DVR is said to be able to record six different shows at once (already a huge step up from other DVRS) and these shows can then be replayed on smaller receivers known as “Joeys.” These particular boxes can be wireless linked to the Hopper and placed in whatever room in the house you want to watch TV.
While other companies have started to bring out “whole home” DVR systems, Dish says that the Hopper is a step above. The Hopper can apparently also automatically record the entire Prime Time network’s lineup in one gulp. The best part of this particular device is that as long as you are sure you will be with Dish for a while (2 years) it is completely free. The Hopper is expected to begin shipping later this month.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell