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Dish’s HopperGo Portable Drive Finally Hops Into Stores

Dish’s HopperGo hopped into stores later than its originally planned first-quarter release, but it’s nonetheless available in time for summertime on-the-go use.

The battery-operated $99 device stores Dish content side-loaded from a Hopper 3 or Hopper 2 DVR for on-the-go off-line viewing. The 64GB device stores up to 100 hours of video that can be stored, and up to five different programs can be streamed simultaneously to up to five Wi-Fi-connected mobile devices running the Dish Anywhere app.

The HopperGo comes with a rechargeable four-hour battery and compatibility with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets as well as Kindle tablets.

It’s available direct from Dish and through retailers.

Consumers using the HopperGO to watch video on portable devices don’t have to use up mobile-device storage space to watch video, said Vivek Khemka, Dish’s executive VP and chief technology officer. “It manages the burden of storage, so forget about deleting apps or pictures to free up space on your phone or tablet for video.”