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Is the Hopper the Best DVR Available?

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The Hopper is Dish Network’s whole home HD DVR. This could be the most advanced DVR receiver available anywhere, with 3-D capability, three tuners, a massive 2 terabyte hard drive, and the Auto-Hop feature. With the Hopper, you can record up to three HD shows at once, or  watch one while recording two others. By adding Joey and Super Joey units, you can connect up to eight TVs, all running independently, and record up to eight shows at once. You can store up to 250 hours of HD video.

The Hopper is the only TV receiver on the market with the Auto-Hop feature. With Auto-Hop, you can skip the ads in an entire prime time lineup automatically, without ever having to press the ‘fast forward’ button. Under the terms of its agreements with the four major broadcast networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX), Dish Network is required to disable the Auto-Hop feature for network shows for one to seven days after they’re first aired. If you are in the habit of time-shifting your TV viewing, though, or if most of your viewing is not on the major networks, then this won’t be much of an inconvenience. With a bit of planning, Auto-Hop can certainly enhance your TV viewing.

Get the TV Anywhere Sling Adapter with your Hopper, and you can watch any recorded TV content on your smart phone, tablet, or laptop computer while you’re away from home. You can also stream Pandora or Sirius XM audio to your TV.

The Hopper has Picture-in-Picture (PIP) capability, so you can watch two shows at once on the same screen.

The latest models of the Hopper come with the Model 40 Remote Control. It operates on a UHF wireless radio frequency, at a range of up to 200 feet, so you don’t have to be in sight of your TV set to control it.

Since Dish Network released the Hopper in early 2012, other pay TV providers have scrambled to catch up. Since then, TiVo, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast have produced credible competing receivers, and DirecTV’s Genie is almost matches the Hopper, feature for feature.  Only the Hopper has the Auto-Hop feature, though. Besides, Dish Network is constantly improving its product, so the Hopper is likely to be the most advanced TV receiver on the market for years to come.

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