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Dish Network Dish Network is to DirecTV what Burger King is to McDonalds – it's the second most popular satellite TV provider in the US. It's main claim to fame is it DVR receiver known as the hopper. Dish Network's prices are comparable to DirecTV's, but the Hopper is far superior to any DVR receiver on the market. Here's a rundown on Dish Network's Hopper: DISH Hopper DVR Digital Video Recording (DVR) is nothing new but it's good to know that satellite TV providers continue to innovate and incorporate new  products. A few years ago, a DVR is was a large heavy set-top box that appears to be like an old PC. It could save all your favorite film and TV shows. Recent improvements have made technology more innovative enabling providers to produce more efficient and attractive designs by providing new technological innovation into the product. About 8-10 years ago, you could get a DVR that would store about 30 hours worth of programs. Today, there are DVRs that can store up to 10000 hours, or more than  2 Terabytes of recordings. While the DVR comes with a limited hard drive, it does have the capability to add an external hard disc and thereby  increase its storage. The newest DVR is called "The Hopper." This unit is a three-tuner complete home  High definition DVR that can allow up to six high-definition channels recordings at once, allowing play-back in any room. It also provides people the capability to watch four TVs simultaneously from one video recorder. Additional benefits include the capability to watch a show while recording another simultaneously. Plus, the option to pause, record and rewind  TV shows On-Demand. Prime Time Any Time The DVR  also has  a function called, "Prime Time Any time ( PTAT) . PTAT allows immediate on-demand accessibility to shows on  ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX in high- definition where available the day after the initial showing. On-demand shows are available for up to 8 days. The new Auto-hop function is a great feature that  automatically skips over a commercial so there is no need to press the fast-forward key. There are also some designs that have a remote locator that can help you locate the remote. The key is located on the front board of the decoder. A signal is sent to the remote causing  it to start  beeping, so it's easily located. The function is available on all the receivers linked with the Hopper. You can also Link up wireless headsets and multi-media devices to have access to  SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio, Pandora Radio , Facebook or Twitter; along with entertaining games, news, sports, weather and stock quotations. (PIP) Picture-in-picture isn't new but it is not common nowadays. PIP allows watching of two shows at once on the same screen. An awesome feature  for those who like to watch more than one show at once, especially football matches showing at the same time. Streaming Video You can also Stream movies  with DISH Cinema or the Blockbuster at Home Package. The Blockbuster at Home program package comes with 17 top premium movie channels and options to download over 10,000 movies. You can also take your programs with you by connecting a sling adaptor with TV Everywhere. TV Everywhere allows accessibility on smartphones, PC's and Tabs. With all the newest improvements, it's clear to see why customers are choosing the Hopper. DISH is the quickest growing and second biggest satellite provider in the United States. However new innovation can be so overwhelming, so always make sure you understand what you're getting.
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