The Hopper 3 DVR with 4K capacity from Dish is now available

by on February 1, 2016

Stephan Jukic – February 1, 2016

Dish has been delaying just a bit with its Hopper 3 DVR but it’s finally here now and loaded with some cool technologies. The new media device was supposed to hit the market by the end of January and after a rather tiny delay has arrived now in the beginning of February.

The company’s third generation DVR supports 4K ultra HD content and can handle as many as six Joey receivers at once, and is now finally available to subscribers of Dish services for no installation cost but at a monthly fee of just $15.

Users of the Hopper 3 DVR who want 4K UHD content directly from the media box must also have a 4K ultra HD TV with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 capacity built into it. Since virtually all 2014, 2015 and now 2016 4K TVs from all major brands support these technologies, the basic requirements shouldn’t be a problem for most UHD television owners. The Hopper also comes with a Sports Bar mode which can split your TV’s 4K UHD screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels into four separate 1080p display signals. On the other hand, universal search integration with the popular HD and 4K content streaming service Netflix isn’t yet available but will be arriving in the near future according to Dish.

Sports Bar Mode in the Hopper 3 DVR, splitting 4K resolution into 4 Full HD screens

Sports Bar Mode in the Hopper 3 DVR, splitting 4K resolution into 4 Full HD screens

Going into further detail on the capacities of the new Dish Hopper 3 DVR box, the device is capable of delivering the following, with some of them actually being industry firsts:

  • 16 tuners: Hopper 3 offers a whopping 16 tuners, outdoing even Sky Q’s Silver set-top box with its 12 tuners. These make it easy for viewers to watch shows and live programs in multiple rooms through DISH Anywhere technology. The 16 tuners also allow for multiple recordings to be handled at the same time.
  • 4K Video: As we mentioned, Hopper 3 decodes and outputs 4K video from a pre-loaded selection of 4K programming sources including movies from Sony Pictures, Netflix 4K content and others.
  • Support for 7 TVs: That’s right, the Hopper 3 can support up to six Joey receivers at the same time and the TV the Hopper itself is attached to, meaning support for a total of 7 TVs with Dish services such as Joey, Wireless Joey and 4K Joey.
  • Sports Bar Mode: which we mentioned above, for splitting the screen of a 4K TV into four separate Full HD display signals.

We’ll be posting soon with more details on the Hopper and 4K Joey as they arrive, including descriptions of all available 4K content for these devices and DISH in general.

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