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Dish Bows Virtual Hopper DVR on LG Smart TVs

5 Jan, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

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Dish Network Jan. 5 said it has developed an app that offers the same functionality of its Hopper DVR to connected LG Smart televisions.

Dubbed the “virtual Joey,” the app can be used instead of Dish’s hardware-based Joey, increasing installation options where coaxial or Ethernet wiring may be difficult to access.

This new app, which will be demoed at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, provides a nearly identical experience to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVRs currently available to DISH customers. When loaded on an LG Smart TV, the app offers access to and control of the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR — including live TV, recordings and navigation of the electronic program guide. The software-based clients operate on users' wireless or wired home networks.

"Television placement is so often dictated by where the set-top box can be and where the wires are — this new application literally unleashes the TV," Dish CEO Joseph Clayton said in a statement.

Dish expects to release the app in the first quarter of 2014.

The Hopper remains embroiled in ongoing litigation with broadcasters regarding its AutoHop feature that allows users to automatically delete advertising on recorded network programming.

Initial court rulings have sided toward Hopper’s right to extend the parameters of the DVR as formulated in the 1984 Sony Betamax Supreme Court decision.

The Hopper won Best in Show at last year’s CES — an award that generated controversy after CBS, which owns CNET, the tech website responsible for the award, ordered the Hopper removed from the competition.

Separately, Dish upgraded its “Anywhere” app to integrate the “Hopper Transfers” feature to both iOS and Android phones and tablets. The updated app gives Hopper users the ability to view recorded content where no Internet connection is available. The enhancement is a free update for Dish Anywhere users.

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