Dish intros ‘hopper’

EchoStar-backed Dish Network used the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show to issue a slew of press releases for new products. First up, and an indication of the broadcaster’s future, it has dropped the ‘Network’ bit from its name. It is now just ‘Dish’.

So, Dish has boosted the size, capacity and functionality of its latest set-top boxes. Rural users who want to sign up to its satellite-delivered broadband service can now get “up to” a 12 Mbps downlink, and upload speed of 3Mbps all for $80 per month

The ‘Hopper’ portion of the package supplies a new PVR which can record or view six shows at once. Dish CEO Joe Clayton carried a young kangaroo onto the CES stage to tie in with the products name, which has the ability to serve a matching number of ‘Joey’ devices in individual rooms with their own channels.

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