Wednesday, January 11, 2012

When Will The Hopper Come To Bell

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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.

4 comments:

Bob said...

I hope you guys north of the border get it too because once the hopper is released to the general public, it will change the way satellite companies integrate services. My favorite feature on the Hopper is that it comes complete with Primetime Anytime, and that alone is a plus in my book because of the eight days worth of network programming stored right on the DVR for easy access. I wish I would have gone to CES to see the unveiling, but because I work for DISH Network I did have the opportunity to use the Hopper firsthand at an employee demonstration, I can say it carries Pandora and other internet applications as well. Personally I can’t wait to put it in my own home, and I hope you guys can too.

Chester said...

As currently telus sat owner (9241) I am writing from Calgary,Ab and I would love to see this come to Bell and Telus. I have tried Telus optik (IPTV) and was very disappointed in heavy compressed HD Picture and very poor sound/Very low sound volume and very poor 5.1 Info or sound. The Hopper is what both Bell/Telus Sat need today. Not next year.. They also need to improve power consume
and sleep mode. This is one thing I do not like about my current Telus/Bell 9241 PVR.. It always on. I hope Bell/Hopper have HDD sleep mode.

Compman_55 said...

Wow still no word on the hopper coming. DISH NETWORK HAS RELEASED HOPPER 3!

Compman_55 said...

Wow still no word on the hopper coming. DISH NETWORK HAS RELEASED HOPPER 3!