By Lisa Johnston
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Englewood, Colo. — Dish said its Super Joey thin-client add-on box for the Hopper whole-home HD DVR platform is now available to subscribers.
First introduced at International CES last January, the Super Joey includes two additional network tuners, giving the Hopper system the ability to record up to eight shows simultaneously.
The feature reduces the chance of channel conflicts while recording or watching live programming, and answers a criticism underscored in commercials from competitors.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
It’s been a busy week so far for Dish Network. On Monday, the satellite-TV provider reached a long-term carriage agreement with The Walt Disney Co. that includes putting limits on its controversial Auto-Hop ad-skipping service for ABC’s programming, and then revealed its Dish Anywhere remote viewing app will now be available on Kindle Fire HDX tablets in addition to iPads and Android devices.
Although the two announcements were not directly related, the two have overlapping benefits.
Englewood, Colo. — Satellite-TV provider Dish said Thursday that it has just updated to its Dish Explorer iPad App, enabling users to control their TV power and volume directly from their tablet without the need of an actual remote.
Dish said the update was made in direct response to customer feedback, requesting the capability.
First launched last year, Dish Explorer is a second-screen iPad app for the Hopper whole-home DVR that combines program-discovery tools, social-media engagement and remote-control capabilities.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish and Winegard said Friday that they are releasing two new lightweight portable satellite-dish antennas enabling reception of pay-as-you-go Dish HDTV and SiriusXM music services on the go.
The Winegard Pathway X1 and X2 for Dish are HD TV antennas targeted at outdoor enthusiasts. Both work on a pay-as-you-go model, meaning users don’t have to be regular Dish subscribers to access programming.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - Demonstrating a commitment to simplify customers’ lives, Dish brought its Joey “troop” to International CES, offering a range of remote accessible thin-client solutions to deliver from Dish’s central Hopper DVR to subscribers’ screens anywhere in the home or on the go.
As 2013 comes to a close, TWICE presents this special year-end retrospective.
Highlighting the issue is our inaugural Newsmaker of the Year series, which profiles the industry’s principal movers and shakers of the past 12 months. Filling the top debut spot is Hubert Joly, who resuscitated Best Buy and, in the process, brought renewed zest to the CE business and brick-and-mortar retail.