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Dish Bows iPad App for Hopper DVR

7 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Dish Network Jan. 7 launched an iPad app for its Hopper Whole-Home HD digital video recorder, including the controversial ad-skipping feature.

Called Dish Explorer, the app expands the functionality of the Hopper by allowing users to search for trending shows, sporting events, DVR recordings and on-demand programs.

The app allows users to share social media over Twitter and Facebook, and control the Hopper, including channel guide navigation and DVR management. Users can search live TV and on-demand programs using iPad's keyboard instead of the remote control.

The new app incorporates recommendation software allowing users to find shows by cross-referencing social media television viewing trends and real-time viewership data from Dish’s customer base.

The Explorer app uses software identifying the most popular games on TV and provides viewers with real-time sports stats when watching live events on the Hopper. The DVR also includes AutoHop, software that enables users to automatically skip TV commercials on recorded primetime programming.

“The Thuuz ratings on Explorer means sports fans can quickly see the potential no-hitters, the shut-outs and the upsets forming live before the sports recap on the evening news,” said Vivek Khemka, VP of product management at Dish. "Seeing the big events live is always better and Explorer helps deliver that experience."

Dish Explorer connects to an Internet-connected Hopper via Wi-Fi and eliminates the need for the remote control. The app is available at the Apple Store.

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