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April 5th 2013 11:35 am

Why is this still tied to the Dish Network

Why doesn't Dish start selling the Hoppers on a subscription model that is not affiliated with their content network like other Home DVR systems? I think this would increase their customer base and allow them to compete with Tivo and other non-packaged Home DVR systems on a level playing field. I'm don't for see myself switch this device because I don't plan on switching my TV service. But if you could build me something to replace an aging Tivo I'd be interested.

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Probably because Tivo isn't even doing well in a market they own. The real competition to Tivo is the DVR provided from the TV provider, and Dish knows that.

Besides, what about this product can't you accomplish already? Tivo and the DVRs for most services let you send content to other rooms in the house already, and you can add a Slingbox onto that if you want it. All the Hopper does is put it into one handy device, which is nice.
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