DISH's whole-home HD DVR functional Hopper™ allows you to pause, rewind, record, and access your DVR library on any TV in your home, without needing a separate Hopper for each TV. The Hopper™ also lets you record up to 6 different shows at the same time during primetime and has 2TB of space, good enough to record around 500 hours of HD TV or about 2,000 hours worth of standard definition programming.
Probably the feature on the Hopper™ most consumers will love the most- it allows you to skip commercials instantly on recorded primetime shows from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC with the AutoHop™ feature, allowing you to watch completely ad-free TV without the hassle of having to fast forward every time commercials come up.
With the DISH Anywhere app (which is included in every DISH subscription for free), you can also watch live or recorded shows via your Apple or Android devices from anywhere.
Another amazingly cool feature of the Hopper is Hopper Transfers™. This allows you to transfer your recorded shows to your portable device, so that later if you don't have an internet connection or don't want to use up your data plan, you can still watch shows, which is particularly handy when taking a long car or plane ride with the kids and the like.
The Hopper™ comes free when you sign up for a DISH package, starting at just $24.99 per month for the first 12 months with a 24 month commitment.
- 99% of all U.S. households have at least 1 television and 65% have 3 or more TVs.
- The average American is currently watching around 165 hours of TV per month via regular TVs, cell phones, and online streaming according to Nielsen Company. This includes around 145 hours of live TV per month with the rest being DVR'd.
- Children watch an average of 3-4 hours of TV per day in the U.S. or around 1300 hours annually, about 350 hours of which is advertisements. The AutoHop™ is looking better and better.;-)
- The people who watch the most TV, according to Nielsen Company, are the elderly. People over 65 watch an average of 2500 hours of TV per year or about 7 hours per day. Despite this, most primetime shows tend to target significantly younger age groups.
- Approximately 6 million videos are rented daily in the U.S.
- Around 56% of Americans pay for cable or satellite.
- Asian-Americans watch the least amount of TV at about 50% less than African-Americans, 40% less than Caucasians and 30% less than Hispanic-Americans.
- About 36 million people in the U.S. regularly watch TV shows or other videos on their smartphones with this rate dramatically rising in the last few years.
- DISH currently delivers satellite TV to over 14 million subscribers and employs around 25,000 people in the United States alone.