DISH continues to blur traditional pay-TV boundaries; YouTube app debuts on Hopper 3 DVR
The YouTube app today debuts on DISH’s Hopper 3 DVR, bringing viral videos and original content from creators across the globe to the TV screen via set-top box. DISH customers can now access their favorite TV shows and the Internet’s most popular videos without changing inputs or devices.
The YouTube app was included in DISH’s latest software update pushed to Hopper 3 set-top boxes last night. With this update, DISH becomes the only nationwide pay-TV provider in the U.S. to deliver YouTube via set-top box. YouTube joins several Hopper apps that together bring a range of entertainment options to customers, including Netflix, Pandora, Vevo and The Weather Channel.
“We designed Hopper 3 to be much more than a conventional set-top box,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “By aggregating apps like YouTube and Netflix with live linear television, Hopper 3 is capable of serving as a household’s comprehensive entertainment hub.”