DISH Connects Hopper Platform to Industry Leading Home Automation System
Custom Installers and Consumers To Benefit from Better Integration with
Award-Winning DISH Hopper Whole-Home DVR
DISH Hopper to support Control4 home automation systems
CEDIA EXPO 2013
DENVER -- September 26, 2013
At the 2013 CEDIA Expo, DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) today announced plans to integrate
Control4 (NASDAQ: CTRL) home automation technology with its award-winning
Hopper® Whole-Home HD DVR system. As a result, the Hopper platform will soon
be controlled by the popular Control4® system commonly found both in high-end
and mainstream home automation installations. The move follows DISH’s July
announcement that it will share Application Programming Interface (API)
programming instructions for the Hopper with selected companies. DISH will
implement Control4’s Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), making it even
easier for automation installers to fully integrate the capabilities of the
DISH Hopper receiver and service. DISH is exhibiting Control4 and other home
automation solutions in booth 2340 of the CEDIA Expo this week at the Colorado
Convention Center in Denver.
“Working with a home automation leader like Control4 is only the first step,
and it’s also the direct result of our decision announced in July to open the
Hopper platform and its capabilities to more companies. Our decision to work
with industry leaders in the home automation industry ensures that automation
systems have the ability to control the Hopper over an Internet Protocol
network,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH senior vice president, Product Management.
“Here at CEDIA Expo, we are offering a glimpse of what consumers may see in
the future and what new capabilities high-end installers can offer,” Khemka
“The Control4 open platform is designed to enable dealers to integrate any
digital device in the home into a Control4 automation system. By integrating
SDDP into the DISH Hopper receiver along with DISH’s shared APIs, installation
and programming of this popular DVR and service is radically simplified. Now
the homeowner can access and enjoy their favorite programming, see what’s “now
playing” and get access to the guide with their Control4 remote, touchscreen
or smart phone app,” said Eric Anderson, Control4 senior vice president,
Products. “This represents the beginning of a deeper integration and therefore
much richer experience for consumers with the new expanded APIs. And there is
more to come,” he said.
DISH intends to keep leading the industry in offering more and better consumer
choice and control. The integration will start with showcasing full Hopper
remote control tuning capability. As the integrators become more familiar with
the Hopper’s API, their apps and devices will be able to access the full range
of Hopper features – not just channel changing and the program guide – such as
the capability to manage DVR recordings, browse the entire Video-On-Demand
catalog, and the ability to purchase Pay-Per-View content.
Among the key features of DISH’s “Second Screen” API available for use by home
*Third-party device pairing for home automation remotes that can emulate a
DISH remote control key press;
*Access to key system settings and Electronic Program Guide queries for the
current program, as well as details of a particular event;
*Channel Changing, including tuning and usage information on all Hopper
*DVR commands, to search recorded content and list DVR information, start
and stop playback, schedule recordings, and fully access unique Hopper
features such as PrimeTime Anytime™ and AutoHop™;
*Ability to purchase Pay-Per-View and On-Demand content.
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network
L.L.C., provides approximately 14.092 million satellite TV customers, as of
March 31, 2013, 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 www.dish.com.
Control4 [NASDAQ: CTRL] is a leading provider of automation systems for homes
and businesses, offering personalized control of lighting, music, video,
lighting, temperature security, communications and similar functionalities
into a unified home automation experience that enhance consumers’ daily lives.
Control4 unlocks the potential of connected devices, making entertainment
systems easier to use, homes more comfortable and energy efficient, and
families more secure. Control4 solutions are available through more than 2,800
Control4 certified custom integrators and distributors in over 80 countries.
Control4 is the automation platform of choice for consumers, major consumer
electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world.
John Tagle, 303-723-3348
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