16-Tuner DISH Hopper 3 Bows at CES; Sling TV Adds Channels, Content, Screens
“We want to hold the mantle of ‘best DVR ever.” That was the foreword offered by Vivek Khemka, senior vice president of product management for DISH, as he presented the company’s new 16-tuner Hopper 3 with Sling TV at a press briefing in the run-up to the product’s official unveiling at the 2016 CES this Tuesday. It will be available this month with a $15/month subscription fee.
He said Hopper 3 offers a built-in Broadcom processor boasting a seven-times-faster speed than its predecessor. It has been future-proofed and offers 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, he said; it also features USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.0. Due to improved connectivity options, up to six wireless Joey receivers can be tethered to it at the same time, making for what he termed “conflict-free TV” viewing in up to seven rooms at once. Also built in is 2 TB of internal storage, and the capability of recording up to 500 hours of HD content. The Hopper 3 also boasts USB 3.0 and in Multichannel Mode, otherwise known as Sports Bar mode, allows viewing of four HD 1080p feeds or up to six 720p streams at once. It uses a new, enhanced search and discover content platform that now incorporates Netflix into its universal search results. Also, in the coming months, YouTube will be launched on Hopper 3, said Khemka.