The Hopper and Joey - What is DISH Network's new Hopper and Joey HD Receiver?
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What is the Hopper and Joey?
You've definitely been hearing about DISH's new "Red Kangaroo," but you've probably heard it by its common name - The Hopper and Joey. The Hopper and Joey is DISH Network's new HD-DVR receiver system designed to deliver Whole Home HD and HD-DVR services. With DISH's new Hopper and Joey system you'll be able to record up to six HD programs at the same time and you'll be able to have HD and HDDVR in up to six rooms! This level of functionality is simply not possible with other service providers.This system is coming soon ...
The Hopper is the primary HD-DVR receiver
When you order the new Hopper and Joey system the Hopper is your primary receiver. It is an HD-DVR (Digital Video Recorder) with a massive 2 TB Hard Drive (That's a Terabyte, or 1,000 GBs). In most cases, the Hopper receiver will be located by your primary HDTV. The Joeys are used to send HD signals to the other rooms in your house.
So what does the Joey do?
The Joey, cleverly named like a baby Kangaroo, hops from the momma Kangaroo (The Hopper) to the other rooms in your house. The Joey is a small receiver designed to work specifically with the Hopper. They act as little HD-DVRs allowing you to have full HD and HD-DVR capabilities in each room that has a Joey.
Each room that contains a Joey will receive HD programming, will be able to watch separate channels and DVR events at the same time, get it's own remote control, and be able to access all the DVR events on the Hopper. This is truly a Whole Home HD DVR system like the TV industry has never seen before.
A caveat to note about the Hopper and Joey system
The Joey's do not have their own satellite tuner. They share the Hopper's satellite tuner. The Hopper has three satellite tuners. So, while one Hopper can support three Joeys, it's important to note that only the hopper and two of the Joeys can be viewing or recording independent programming. The "Fourth Room," as it is being called, can do a number of things while the three tuners are occupied. It can: (1) Watch previously recorded events, (2) watch any of the active tuners from the other TVs, (3) watch Primetime Anytime, (4) watch any number of DISH's massive Video on Demand titles. We're going to write several more articles all about the Hopper and Joey! Stay tuned.
UPDATE (3/15/2012): DISH Announced today that the Hopper and Joey is now officially available for new and existing customers!
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Check out DISH's announcement of the Hopper and Joey at 2012 International CES
The Hopper and Joey release date is March 15th 2012 (3/15/2012)!
The Hopper and Joey system officially released on March 15th, 2012. It is now available to new and existing DISH customers! We're excited. Are you?
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