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Dish Expands Third-Party Access to Apps

16 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Hopper DVR access via mobile phone

Satellite TV operator envisions developers enhancing second-screen access to its Hopper DVR

Dish Network July 16 made available its application programming interface (API), thereby allowing select third-party developers to create or enhance remote apps for the Hopper DVR.

With the Dish API, developers can create new ways for Dish subscribers to discover find, record and access programming for on-demand access, according to Vivek Khemka, SVP of product management for Dish.

“By tapping into a deeper well of creativity, I’m confident we will discover ideas we’ve never dreamed of to improve upon an already unique customer experience,” Khemka said.

Dish said Thuuz Sports became the first developer to incorporate the API into its app, enabling subscribers to control the Hopper receiver directly from an Android or iOS smartphone.

Thuuz Sports uses real-time analytics and social signaling to alert viewers to sporting events. Users can customize the app based on their favorite teams and sports leagues, including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAAF and NCAABB.

By pairing the Thuuz app on mobile devices with Hopper, Dish subs can click to their favorite sporting events available in their area. The app also enables one-click recording of live or upcoming matches on the Hopper if a user is away from their TV.

“Integrating with Dish’s Hopper lets us take viewers immediately into the live action. For those times when they can’t watch the game live, we make sure they can record it to enjoy later,” Warren Packard, CEO & co-founder of Thuuz, said in a statement.

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