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.)
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