DISH announces the release of their new 4K Joey set-top box
Stephan Jukic – October 1, 2015
DISH has announced that it will bring its first ever 4K ultra HD set-top box, the 4K Joey to customers very soon, offering a connection to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR System from the 4K TV of a user’s choice.
The 4K Joey is on the way because it seems that DISH is responding in a big way to the suddenly even more product-laden market for 4K UHD home media streaming/download set-top boxes. The Joey is a next-generation receiver designed to deliver the “most crystal-clear picture” in 4K ultra HD resolution for all compatible and also 4K-capable TVs.
Furthermore, to those who don’t have a 4K TV in their home, the Joey still offers plenty of goodies according to PR for DISH. The set-top box is perfectly flexible with HDTVs and other non-4K models, just without its interesting 4K features.
Featuring a sleek and simple design, the upcoming Joey’s appearance belies the range of technologies buried inside its compact, ultra-slim black casing.
For starters, the little box is designed to rest in a number of comfortable and space-saving positions, meaning that it can either be placed right next to a TV on the same display platform or it can even be snugly placed in a vertical hanging position behind any wall-mounted 4K or HD flat screen TV model.
Naturally, the new media box also comes with full HEVC/H.265 4K content compression capacity and can thus decode 4K video from any source that offers it in this format, even if the video is formatted to be 10-bit. Additionally, there will be native Bluetooth and WiFi support along with a learning IR/RF remote that accompanies the new 4K Joey.
Of course since this is a 4K UHD box, there will be full integration of HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 content copy protection built into it.
For subscribers of the Hopper Whole Home Video Network, the Joey is fully capable of connecting to this service through its internal MoCA 2.0 and 1.1 technology and can be upgraded down the road through satellite-based firmware updates. Furthermore, the box will offer the first ever cable or satellite client with Picture-in-Picture technology from DISH.
More details will come out as they’re available and we still don’t have a major update on what kind of 4K content sources or selections the Joey will offer support for. However, we can at least assume that there will be some interesting content coming soon.
As for the DISH network itself, it’s no slouch in the high-tech home entertainment transmission business. The company offers satellite TV to roughly 14 million subscribers and is one of the leaders in the pay-TV industry
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