Right from the start of the 2012 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the first product announcements right after the giant screen OLED TV's was a new Satellite receiver with personal video recorder from Dish Network, dubbed the hopper. The Hopper is the first Multi-room PVR on Dish Network. Up to three remote access units dubbbed Joey's by Dish Network connect the TV's in other rooms by regular coaxial cable to the main receiver. With 6 tuners the Hopper can record three shows while watching three other shows. With support for IPTV the Hopper isn't just another satellite TV receiver. Hooking up the Hopper to a broadband connection provides access to Dish Network's Blockbuster on demand service, although there an alternative non broadband version that allows up to ten movies to be downloaded from the downstream from satellite and stored on the Hopper.
Just like other hardware built by echostar for Dish Network the Hopper is expected to be available to Bell TV Satellite subscribers. It's a question of when, not if the hopper will be available to Bell TV dish heads. For Bell launching the hopper in Canada bring multi-room PVR ahead of Shaw Direct. As well the IPTV support will allow Bell to offer the interactive features that are available on their Fibe IPTV service offered in parts of Ontario and Quebec. From the early announcement the hopper satellite receiver PVR is already one of the coolest gadgets to come out this year. It will come North of the border Bell is certain of it.