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Dish Launches 'Hopper' DVR

Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) has unleashed the Hopper, a whole-home DVR that shares recorded video with smaller units, called Joeys, that connect via Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) links. Dish unveiled the Hopper in January at the 2012 International CES as part of a company reboot. One of the more interesting features of the two-terabyte Hopper is PrimeTime Anytime, which automatically records the shows from all four major U.S. broadcasters in HD from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, and stores them for up to eight days. Dish is offering the Hopper for $10 per month, and $7 per month for each Joey. (See Dish Relaunches Itself With Hopper.)

  • Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. analyst Simon Leopold weighed Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s $5 billion play for NDS Ltd. and offered a list of pros and cons on Thursday. Among the good, he sees NDS boosting Cisco's bottom line by 4 cents in the first year after the deal closes, and likes that it increases Cisco's exposure to satellite TV service providers and lets Cisco use cash that's currently tied up overseas. He's not as wild about the valuation Cisco placed on the purchase, but acknowledges that NDS may have been contemplating an IPO, so Cisco may have been forced to pay above the software specialist's anticipated IPO value. (See Cisco Bets $5B More on Video With NDS and Chambers Floats His Stimulus Plan.)

  • HBO GO is coming soon to the Xbox 360! Or so says this spot that HBO released on Thursday.

    But you'll need an HBO subscription and an Xbox Gold Live membership to partake. And it's still not known if Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) will support the app, or if it will only provide access to HBO's TV Everywhere service via the game console using its own app. (See Comcast, Verizon Connect With the Xbox 360.)

  • A new HD streaming player from Roku Inc. has reached the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) . Among the differences between this device and the current Roku 2 HD player, is that it features two gigabytes of internal memory in favor of a microSD slot, and a composite output, notes The Verge.

  • Some Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) customers are seeking a $5 million class action because they're upset that the MSO's carriage spat with MSG caused them to miss "Linsanity," a period in which the New York Knicks went on a winning-streak led by Jeremy Lin. The MSO and the network have since settled and lifted the blackout, but fans are probably still steaming because the Knicks are now losing again.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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