DISH Network has developed a ‘Virtual Joey’ software application that delivers the DISH Hopper HD-DVR experience on 2013 and 2014 LG Smart TVs in the US. The app can be used instead of DISH’s hardware-based Joey, increasing installation options where coaxial or Ethernet wiring may be difficult to access.
“Television placement is so often dictated by where the set-top box can be and where the wires are — this new application literally unleashes the TV,” said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH president and CEO. “Together, we are giving our customers more choice and control over their entire television experience.”
This new Virtual Joey app provides a nearly identical experience to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVRs currently available to DISH customers. When loaded on an LG Smart TV, the app offers access to and control of the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR — including live TV, recordings and navigation of the electronic programme guide. The software-based clients operate on users’ wireless or wired home networks.
DISH expects to release the app in the first quarter of 2014.
DISH Network has also upgraded its DISH Anywhere app to integrate the Hopper Transfers feature to both iOS and Android phones and tablets. The new DISH Anywhere app gives Hopper with Sling users the ability to view recorded content where no Internet connection is available. This enhancement is a free update for DISH Anywhere users.