DISH Network introduced the HopperGO at CES 2016 this week. The new device offers a 64 GB hard-drive, and a rechargeable battery that allows users to securely transfer up to 100 hours of recorded TV shows and movies from a Hopper DVR for on-the-go, offline viewing. The portable device works in conjunction with the DISH Anywhere app on mobile phones and tablets; no Internet connection is required.
HopperGO evolved from a long line of DISH technology, including the Hopper Transfers feature, available since January 2013, and the 2006 PocketDISH, each of which gave customers the ability to move recorded television content to a portable device. Now the whole family can easily take shows on vacation.
“Customers loved Hopper Transfers’ capacity for offline, on-the-go viewing, but we found that they worried about how it impacted storage on their smartphones and tablets,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “HopperGO manages the burden of storage, while using Wi-Fi to simultaneously deliver up to five independent recordings to up to five different users.”
Available late Q1 2016, HopperGO will be compatible with the upcoming Hopper 3, as well as DISH’s existing Hopper 2 receiver. It is priced at $99 for both new and existing DISH subscribers, and is not subject to any monthly fees.
Along with 64 GB of memory, the 100 hours of recordings are transferred via USB 2.0. The drive creates its own private wireless cloud that supports simultaneous offline viewing of different programs on up to five tablets and smartphones via the DISH Anywhere app. HopperGO is capable of up to four hours of viewing on a single charge and can additionally be used while charging.