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If you get Dish Network’s newest set-top box, you won’t have to ask yourself: “Which shows should I record?” Just record all of them, and decide later which ones you’ll watch.

You’ll have the flexibility for this with the Hopper 3, the satellite system operator’s new whole-home HD-DVR. ¬†Dish unveiled the Hopper 3 last Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new box has all of the features in previous iterations of the Hopper, and is equipped with no less than sixteen separate tuners. The most advanced Hopper released previously, the Hopper with Sling, has six tuners. Adding the Super Joey brings the total number in the Hopper-Joey system to eight.

With the Hopper 3, you could record up to sixteen standard definition shows at a time, or watch one while recording fifteen others. The Hopper 3 also supports 4K video content. This is four times the resolution in conventional High Definition (HD) TV.

The Hopper 3 will be available to Dish subscribers in late January, for a $15.00 premium over the monthly programming fee.

Dish Network also unveiled the Hopper GO, a portable DVR designed for use with mobile devices. It is synced with the Sling place-shifting platform. Hopper with Sling customers can stream live or recorded content from their home receivers to their smart phones, tablets, or PCs. The Hopper GO extends this capability to offline viewing of DVR content. With 64 GB of flash memory, it can stream up to 100 hours of video content from a Hopper 2, Hopper 3, or Hopper with Sling. Via an integrated WiFi connection, the Hopper GO streams content wirelessly. Its battery, Dish says, will hold a charge for up to four hours.

By the end of the first quarter of 2016, the Hopper GO will be available to Dish Network subscribers for a one-time charge of $99.00, with no monthly lease fees. To use it, you will need a Hopper 2, Hopper 3, or Hopper with Sling.

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