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Dish Stretches Pay-TV Boundaries With YouTube App On Hopper 3

The line between traditional TV and online content continues to blur as Dish announced the addition of a YouTube app on its Hopper 3 DVR through last night’s software update.

Hopper 3 owners can now search, browse and play videos, as well as log into their YouTube and YouTube Red accounts directly through the set-top box.

Dish claimed it’s the only nationwide pay-TV provider in the U.S. to deliver YouTube via set-top box.

“We designed Hopper 3 to be much more than a conventional set-top box,” said Niraj Desai, Dish product management VP. “By aggregating apps like YouTube and Netflix with live linear television, Hopper 3 is capable of serving as a household’s comprehensive entertainment hub.”

The YouTube app on Hopper 3 can be accessed from channel 371 or by selecting the Apps button on the remote control. Customers can also use the YouTube app on mobile devices to cast videos directly to their Hopper 3.