DISH’s New “Hopper with Sling” Delivers Unparalleled Choice and Control, at Home or On the Go

  DISH’s New “Hopper with Sling” Delivers Unparalleled Choice and Control, at
  Home or On the Go

  *Hopper with Sling – The only Whole-Home HD DVR that delivers an extensive
    viewing experience – live TV and DVR recordings – to tablets, smartphones
    and PCs, at home or away
  *Hopper Transfers – Moves television recordings from Hopper with Sling to
    iPad for viewing when away from an Internet connection
  *DISH Explorer app – Second-screen app allows viewers to discover new and
    trending content, integrates with Twitter and Facebook, can serve as
    remote-control for Hopper

2013 International CES

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 7, 2013

Today, DISH (NASDAQ:DISH) introduced Hopper™ with Sling®, the second
generation of its award-winning Whole-Home HD DVR system. The new Hopper with
Sling delivers several capabilities that improve the DISH experience at home
and on the go by allowing customers to:

DISH's new Hopper with Sling delivers TV viewing at home and away (Photo:
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DISH's new Hopper with Sling delivers TV viewing at home and away (Photo:
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  *Watch live and recorded television anywhere on Internet-connected tablets,
    smartphones and PCs at no additional charge using the Hopper’s new
    built-in Sling capabilities and the new DISH Anywhere™ app.
  *Move recorded television to an iPad for viewing without an Internet
    connection using the free Hopper Transfers™ app.
  *Transform their TVs into a home media hub with new multi-player gaming
    apps and the ability to ‘fling’ photos, videos and music from a mobile

“Last year, Hopper delivered the DISH TV experience to multiple rooms. This
year, we top that and deliver it anywhere,” said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH
president and CEO. “With Hopper, the value equation for pay TV becomes
radically different. Customers pay only once for their content and can access
it anywhere they choose, in the home, or on the go.”

Hopper with Sling builds on the award-winning Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR
introduced last year, and includes exclusive DISH innovations delivered by the
Hopper including PrimeTime Anytime™ and the AutoHop™ commercial-skipping


Sling technology is now built into each new Hopper with Sling. It works by
encoding and redirecting – or place-shifting – a live or recorded TV signal
from the Hopper to Internet-connected iOS and Android tablets and smartphones.
The DISH Anywhere experience is also available on PCs and Macs.

Customers can also use the Sling feature to watch DVR recordings stored on
Hopper’s hard drive, including major network shows recorded using DISH’s
PrimeTime Anytime feature. Both live and recorded television programs are
available for viewing in the home as well as outside of it.

“Consumers want to access the shows they pay for on their mobile devices and
only the Hopper meets that demand,” said Vivek Khemka, vice president of
Product Management at DISH. “Our new Hopper with Sling simply makes it easier
for our subscribers to watch their favorite programs on the go.”

DISH continues to offer Sling place-shifting technology using a separate Sling
Adapter® accessory for select DISH DVR models, including the original Hopper
Whole-Home HD DVR.


In addition to the built-in Sling place-shifting technology, the
second-generation of Hopper will have several innovative features, including:

Hopper Transfers™ – This unique capability is the long-awaited solution for
watching recorded television programs when no Internet connection is
available, such as in-flight or traveling on the road. The Hopper Transfers
app lets viewers move recorded television programs from their DVR to an iPad
and watch those shows on the go for no additional charge. The transfer of
these recordings to the iPad occurs via Wi-Fi in the home. This feature is
exclusive to Hopper with Sling.

DISH Explorer™ – This intuitive second-screen app for iPad combines TV, social
media, and remote-control capabilities to enhance the viewing experience. DISH
Explorer highlights trending TV programs based on real-time TV viewer data and
social media measurements. The free app enables users to engage in
conversations relating to the show they are watching on Twitter and Facebook.
Sports enthusiasts can even keep up with real-time stats on their favorite
teams. Finally, the app can navigate the Hopper’s channel guide, DVR and
on-demand features using the iPad. DISH Explorer works with all Hopper models.

Apps – Hopper expands beyond TV with music apps from Pandora® and SiriusXM®
radio, as well as multi-screen, multi-player game apps like PokerFun, Trivia
TV and WeDraw. These apps work in combination with smartphones and tablets.


Hopper with Sling is powered by a Broadcom BCM7425 processor and runs nearly
three-times faster than any other satellite-TV receiver in the U.S. market.
Hopper with Sling contains a two-terabyte hard drive, giving viewers up to 500
hours of high-definition (2,000 hours of standard definition) recordings.

DISH’s Hopper with Sling includes built-in Wi-Fi for easy networking.

Pricing and availability for Hopper with Sling will be announced later this

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About DISH

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network
L.L.C., provides approximately 14.042 million satellite TV customers, as of
Sept. 30, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the
most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy
the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels,
the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH
Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family
entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network
Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit

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