Light Reading
Dish is delivering the first wireless set-tops with 802.11ac WiFi, thanks to the Broadcom BCM4360 chipset.

Dish Delivers New WiFi Set-Tops

Mari Silbey
6/23/2014
50%
50%

Dish Network is claiming a new pay-TV industry first.

Starting today, Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) is shipping its new Wireless Joey set-top, part of the company's Hopper whole-home DVR system and the first box in the industry to include 802.11ac WiFi. Support for the latest WiFi standard comes courtesy of the Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) BCM4360 chipset. The Broadcom chip operates in the 5GHz frequency band and uses 3x3 multi-input/multi-output (MIMO) technology with beam forming and auto frequency selection.

Despite their obvious appeal, wireless set-tops have been slow to take off over the last few years. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) introduced its first wireless client boxes in 2011, but only recently have other service providers followed suit. Notably, DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV), which AT&T plans to acquire, has put serious marketing muscle behind its own Wireless Genie Mini set-top, which just launched in April.

Now Dish is looking to get the wireless word out too. The company emphasizes that its new Wireless Joey provides all of the same functionality as its wired Joey model, including trick-play features like pause/rewind/fast forward, PrimeTime Anytime with automatically recorded primetime TV, and AutoHop for commercial-free playback of select shows.

On the silicon front, both AT&T and DirecTV use chipsets from Quantenna Communications Inc. for WiFi delivery. AT&T originally sourced its wireless technology from Broadcom, but switched to Quantenna in 2013. A spokesperson for Quantenna noted that DirecTV's implementation in particular supports up to six client set-tops with the Quantenna chip. Currently, the Dish system supports three wireless boxes. (See Arris, Quantenna Snag U-verse WiFi Deal.)

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(9)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
pcharles09
50%
50%
pcharles09,
User Rank: Light Beer
7/22/2014 | 9:03:31 AM
Re: Ohh and ahhhh
@nasimson,

Essentially, yes. When one goes, they all go & you're left with no entertainment at all.
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/6/2014 | 12:31:10 AM
Re: Ohh and ahhhh
> That SOUNDS like a good idea but it seems to me like having
> all those things in one unit may be risky.

@PCharles09:

Why do you say it would be risky? Because of getting to a Single point of failure?
pcharles09
50%
50%
pcharles09,
User Rank: Light Beer
6/30/2014 | 5:54:01 PM
Re: Ohh and ahhhh
That SOUNDS like a good idea but it seems to me like having all those things in one unit may be risky. But then again, if you asked the same question 10yrs ago about a phone & "walkman", I'd probably say the same thing.
nasimson
50%
50%
nasimson,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/29/2014 | 8:20:15 AM
Re: Ohh and ahhhh
Just as the cell phone merged alarm, pager, landline, music player into one .. I look forward to the time when the dish, STB, DVD player, gaming station, home theatre, WiFi router, home automation, home security will be a single device.
pcharles09
50%
50%
pcharles09,
User Rank: Light Beer
6/24/2014 | 9:42:55 PM
Re: Ohh and ahhhh
I like it too. I look forward to the day when you can screen-mirror from any to any so you don't have to worry about cables, adapters, & wires at all.
Michelle
50%
50%
Michelle,
User Rank: Moderator
6/24/2014 | 3:04:48 PM
Ohh and ahhhh
This is a nifty concept I welcome. I'm not a Dish subscriber but the wireless box sounds great. Dusting the electronics cabinet just got a little easier! This new wireless box thing gives new meaning to cord cutting...
KBode
50%
50%
KBode,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/24/2014 | 10:59:11 AM
Re: Wireless Joey?
Yes I'm not sure I quite understand the obsession with kangaroos....
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/23/2014 | 5:38:13 PM
Re: Wireless Joey?
Perhaps it's time to come up with a new term for going back to take the place of "rewind." There's no actual winding motion involved now that we don't use tapes.  
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
6/23/2014 | 4:39:19 PM
Wireless Joey?
Wireless Joey? Really?
Flash Poll
Wagner’s Ring
Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
LRTV Custom TV
Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of Integrated Solutions on SoftCOM & NFV Monetization

8|26|14   |   4.43   |   (0) comments


Libin Dai, Director of Integrated Solutions, Carrier Business Group, discusses Huawei's SoftCOM and NFV monetization. Huawei believes that NFV monetization should be service-driven rather than network-driven, and that operators should have network transformation, service transformation and a compatible and collaborative ecosystem in place in order to deploy NFV.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of US NFV Lab on CloudEdge & the Future of NFV

8|26|14   |   4.06   |   (0) comments


Sean Chen, Director of US NFV Lab at Huawei, discusses Huawei's new approach to NFV in open collaboration. Huawei believes that through Proof of Concept tests, it could help operators learn and communicate with the industry more effectively. Sean believes that successful implementation of NFV should have its values reaching to end users and discusses how Huawei's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Highlights @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   3.34   |   (0) comments


At the Big Telecom Event in Chicago Huawei showcases its high-level strategy, the SoftCOM architecture, which helps operators reduce the cost of ownership of their network infrastructure and generate additional revenue in the ICT service environment. Huawei showcases over 30 pilot programs from across the globe, focusing on the industry-leading commercial ...
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX – Live from the Show

8|21|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


An overview of VeEX Test and Measurement solutions including TX300S multi-service test set with VeExpress cloud-based management system, UX400 universal modular platform supporting 100G testing, and the redesigned RXT modular platform.
LRTV Custom TV
Transitioning CE 2.0 Networks Into the SDN & NFV Era With Telco Systems

8|19|14   |   5:19   |   (0) comments


Telco Systems' Ariel Efrati (CEO) and Moshe Shimon (VP of Product Management) discuss virtualization and how the company's new Open Metro Edge solution utilizes the SDN and NFV concepts to accelerate and orchestrate service delivery through its innovative product portfolio and software applications.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Myths: Is NFV Still Several Years Away?

8|11|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


Some say that NFV (network functions virtualization) is still several years away from being implemented on mobile operator networks. This isn't the case. Operators can get started on their paths to NFV now, as this short video from Skyfire shows.
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
Hot Topics
Rogers, Shaw Take Aim at Netflix
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 8/26/2014
Utilities to Pump $11.2B Into Smart Grid – Study
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 8/26/2014
Verizon Launches QR Code Security Solution
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/26/2014
Fiber Revival at Deutsche Telekom
Iain Morris, 8/25/2014
M2M's In Fashion: Wearables Play the US Open
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 8/25/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed