Dish Networks – CES 2012
Oddly enough the most interesting thing I saw today was Dish Networks announcement of their new whole home DVR set top box (STB) the Hopper, alongside a “extender” called the Joey. Details were a bit sparse, but it looks like the solution works over MoCA and actually offers a real whole home solution HTPC style. Check out the pictures and a more complete list of features after the break.
- Recently Dish Network service rebranded as “Dish”
- Hopper offers 2TB of built-in storage with options for user added external storage
- Not all of the 2TB of space is user accessible, some of it (undisclosed) is used for “Dish Unplugged” – a service where movies are delivered via satellite and stored locally for VOD/PPV
- Dish will offer a viable satellite broadband solution (12 Mbps claimed), which if it comes anywhere close to delivering will be an excellent option for people in rural areas
- Blockbuster streaming gets a lot more competitive with more TV shows and movies