Anyone keeping an eye on the new equipment Dish announced at CES? Pricing and release date still not announced, but the forum over at satelliteguys.us is hinting for a 2-1 release date with promos for new and current subscribers. Take that with a grain of salt until official. (Info below is from the same forum mentioned above.)
From user Digitalblue:
Here's a list of what I posted on Audioholics in response to a comparison to the HR34. Some of these features are available on the 722, but most are not ...
Where to start, the Hopper has...
* A 2TB HD (The HR34 only has a 1TB HD)
* EHD support
* PrimeTime Anytime - very cool feature that records all primetime programming from ABC, NBC, CBS & FOX using only ONE tuner. Programming is cached for 8 days and can be saved as needed. Primetime Anytime recordings do not impact user recording space.
* With Primetime Anytime enabled you can record up to 6 HD shows simultaneously during "primetime."
* Full DVR functionality which means the ability to manipulate live programming from any location, not just the main location.
* The ability to pause live TV in one room and pick it up in another. Press pause in the living room and press play in the bedroom. Nice when the women demand that you come to dinner!
* Supports optional Sling adapter which has no associated monthly service fee and will be $29.99 as of 2/1/2012 (no rebate).
* Blockbuster @Home support which now includes over 10,000 streaming titles to any connected television. This is in addition to DISH Cinema and traditional PPV and VOD services.
* The ability to "stack" Hoppers giving users 6 tuners as opposed to 3. When stacked, all locations automatically "see" one system, one DVR library, one "set timer" process, and the ability to select any tuner from any location seamlessly.
* USB OTA tuner support (confirmed sans an implementation process)
* Zoned music with over 70 channels of SiriusXM. DISH is moving all SiriusXM stations to channel 99 using an expandable/collapsible guide feature. All channels will display album art etc.
* Apps and games including social media apps like Facebook, etc.
* 750 Mhz Broadcom processor which is lightning fast. More than twice the processing power of the HR34.
* The Hopper utilizes "Joeys" at the remote location. A Joey is slightly larger than your hand and can be easily slipped behind a wall mounted TV. A single Hopper supports 3 Joeys. So a single Hopper can support up to 4 HDTVs just like the HR34.
* Since the Hopper utilizes the MoCA standard all Joeys can be installed using standard cable splitters and RG6 or RG59 cable meaning you can "light-up" every outlet in your home and move your TV & Joeys at will.
* Bluetooth support for things like wireless headphones (NICE!).
* Zigbee remote technology. Meaning the Hopper and Joeys can be stored out-of-sight and out-of-mind. No more IR remotes!
I've also heard that the Hopper will have apps for HBO GO and Max GO, but that's not confirmed.