Dish Network Hopper

83
Engadget
Score
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Model

Key Specs

Type
High def DVR (250 hours) (1000 hours) (3)
Service type
Satellite
Video services
Video-on-demand
Video outputs
Antenna / RF, Component, HDMI, RCA / composite

General

Type
High def DVR (250 hours) (1000 hours) (3)
Service type
Satellite
Additional service fee
yes

Playback

Video formats
Array
Zoom / widescreen modes
Array
Video control
Array
Video services
Array
Multi-room support
yes

Recording

Live TV buffer
60 mins
Remote scheduling
yes
Automatic / criteria-based recording
yes
Find / browse by content type
yes

Digital media

Audio playback
yes (MP3)
Video playback
yes (MPEG-4)
Photo viewer
yes (JPEG)

Remote

Remote (included)
yes (Programmable) (AAA batteries)
IR blaster
yes
Serial control
yes

Other features

Upgradeable firmware
yes
Parental controls
yes

Outputs

Video outputs
Antenna / RF, Component, HDMI, RCA / composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs) (v1.3) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
Array

Networking

Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet] (Internal adapter)

Storage

Internal storage
2048 GB
External / expandable DVR storage
yes
USB
2.0 (3 ports)

Optical media

Optical media (built-in)
no