Dish releases a new $30 remote control for the Hopper 3 DVR and 4K Joey boxes

by on July 14, 2016

Stephan Jukic – July 14, 2016

The Dish Voice Remote was announced back in January of this year at CES 2016 and now it has finally arrived on the consumer market scene.

The new devices comes available for the Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top streaming media boxes and features new functions for navigation, search, select programming through spoken commands and the ability to change channels or record specific shows via voice command.

In basic terms, the remote is similar to a number of other current high end smart remotes for both streaming media devices like the Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV and smart TV’s like LG’s 2016 premium 4K UHD television models.

Dish has however also added a few little distinctly unique twists to the new remote control device. For one thing, the little remote can manage up to two IR devices at the same time (TV/AUX models) and it’s also entirely backlit for an easier time of using the device in a dark room.

The new small remote next to an older large remote

The new small remote next to an older large remote

New or existing customers of the Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top box packages can buy the voice remote from Dish directly by calling the company at their hotline (1800-333-DISH) or by simply visiting the site itself. The remote, as we said, sells for $30.

The new remote is a universal controller device and does also have learning capabilities. Beoynd this, other features of the 4K joey/Hopper 3 remote include: a dual function touchpad, RF4CE remote control finder, backlighting for the buttons and a tiny form factor of 5.59 x 2.25 x 1.02 inches for easy gripping.

Dish’s 4K Joey set-top box and Hooper 3 DVR both offer up a 4K UHD streaming content experience which is similar to those offered by other major 4K set-top platforms like the Amazon Fire TV or the rather superb Roku 4. However, in the case of these boxes, there is also the added twist of access to more exclusive 4K UHD satellite TV content that’s distributed by Dish itself.

The 4K Joey box in particular offers up key connectivity specs such as the following:

  • State-of-the-art image decoding. H.265/HEVC enhanced compression decoding to support 4Kp60 10-bit video format (excluding graphics), in addition to MPEG-4 and MPEG-2
  • Uses MoCA 2.0 and 1.1 technology to connect to the Home Video Network for satellite programming and DVR services via a HOPPER 3™ or Hopper with Sling®

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