"Subscribers want an easier way to utilize the Hopper with Sling’s remote viewing capabilities, and today we launch the pay-TV industry’s only all-in-one app," said Vivek Khemka, senior vice president, product management at DISH. "Now, Hopper with Sling users can choose to watch all their live and recorded shows remotely and transfer recorded programs to their iOS and Android devices, all within the new DISH Anywhere app."
To make content viewing on mobile devices easier, DISH enhanced its DISH Anywhere app by integrating the Hopper Transfers feature with both iOS and Android phones and tablets. The latest version is expected to allow "Hopper with Sling" users to view recorded content without an Internet connection. The company is also making the TVE app available on Kindle Fire tablets in the next few months.
Meanwhile, DISH used CES to announce that it has developed a "Virtual Joey" software app that delivers the Hopper HD DVR service on ’13 and ’14 LG Smart TVs. The app vs the hardware is meant to make TV placement easier. It should be available this quarter. The app will also allow customers to control Sony’s newly launched game console PS4, starting this Spring. To use the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR features on PS4 (and PS3) systems, DISH subs will need to download an app from the PlayStation Store to their game consoles. Subs can run the Virtual Joey on the consoles using a DISH remote or DUALSHOCK controller.