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CEDIA Expo: Dish Expands Custom Install Initiatives

Dish came to CEDIA Expo to announce new integrations with Key Digital and Logitech, as well as partnerships with Middle Atlantic Products and D-Tools.

Key Digital has added Dish to it Compass Alliance Partner program with the development of a two-way driver for the Hopper, Dish’s flagship DVR set-top box. The two-way driver delivers real-time program and guide metadata from the Hopper to mobile devices. Key Digital customers can now use mobile devices to access and control the Hopper programming guide, TV show and movie information, and recorded content in addition to general remote control functions.

Logitech announced it has integrated the Hopper into its Harmony control ecosystem. The Hopper now connects with Logitech Harmony hub-based remotes for home entertainment and home control using direct IP integration. This new development speeds installation by using auto-discovery tools to quickly identify Hopper and Joey receivers within a customer’s home network. Once discovered, the receivers can be easily added to a Harmony remote control.

For its part, Middle Atlantic Products debuted custom rack shelves for the Hopper platform. The units provide clean aesthetics and the necessary air flow management for Dish’s Hopper, Super Joey, Joey and the upcoming 4K Joey products, the company said. Hopper and Super Joey shelves are sold in single 2U configurations, with Joey and 4K Joey shelves available in single or double side-by-side 1U configurations.

Finally, Dish has joined D-Tools’ Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program, which will provide D-Tools system integrator licensees access to detailed specifications for Dish’s suite of products. This information assists designers, specifiers, integrators and installers with system design, proposal, estimation and installation management tasks.