Dish's HopperGO Is a Go

$99 cache-and-carry device is now available for Dish subscribers.

Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video

May 26, 2016

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Dish's HopperGO Is a Go

Only a couple of months past its targeted release date, Dish has now officially launched the HopperGO, a 64 GB storage solution for Dish subscribers that makes DVR content portable and shareable, even without an Internet connection.

The $99 HopperGO lets users transfer content from a Hopper 3 or Hopper 2 DVR to store for later offline viewing. Beyond the cache-and-carry feature, however, the Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) device also makes it possible to create a local wireless network for sharing recorded content with up to five other devices. Multi-stream viewing is supported so that users can watch multiple different videos concurrently. (See Dish Ups the Ante in Vegas With HopperGO.)

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While the HopperGO itself is an innovative product, its launch also indicates the evolving attitudes of the media industry toward video streaming. Even as content security remains a high-priority focus, programmers are becoming noticeably more at ease with technology that enables digital media sharing.

Of course, Dish doesn't want to push the envelope too far. According to Slashgear, once content is transferred to the HopperGO, users have to view it within 60 days, and it can't be transferred a second time.

— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Mari Silbey

Senior Editor, Cable/Video

Mari Silbey is a senior editor covering broadband infrastructure, video delivery, smart cities and all things cable. Previously, she worked independently for nearly a decade, contributing to trade publications, authoring custom research reports and consulting for a variety of corporate and association clients. Among her storied (and sometimes dubious) achievements, Mari launched the corporate blog for Motorola's Home division way back in 2007, ran a content development program for Limelight Networks and did her best to entertain the video nerd masses as a long-time columnist for the media blog Zatz Not Funny. She is based in Washington, D.C.

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