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Dish Network Hopper

Dish Network Hopper

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Although the Hopper offers some unique features you can't find anywhere else, it leaves big-enough holes to prevent us from calling it our favorite.

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

20
CaseyP
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
70
jimmez100
My biggest complaint is the searching for movies/sports/shows. When it comes...read more
10
mjz3409
I never even received the product, because dish was not able to get a signal...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
64
Average user Score
 
20
CaseyP
01.25.18
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
 
70
jimmez100
05.15.17
My biggest complaint is the searching for movies/sports/shows. When it comes to using the remote there is very little user interface control.So many times you get icons to scroll through for results. A list would be much easier. When I search for MLB I get the games in icons and when I click on the icon, I do not get the channel it is on. I have to press info for the channel. I have to click two more times to see a list of all the MLB games scheduled for 9 days out. The list is sorted for the furthest games out and if I want to see today's date, I have to scroll down the list to see what is playing today. No fast easy way to sort on today's date AND their channel. It just seems there wasn't a lot of thought in the making this efficient, way with too many clicks to get what you want. It seems they were more about pretty then straight to the point. I know the old days are gone but the search system in the older DVRs was so efficient compared to the Hopper. And yes I have read all the manuals and searched the net but there isn't an easy work around. Back in the late 80's our model was save a click.
 
10
mjz3409
08.25.15
I never even received the product, because dish was not able to get a signal due to too many trees in my area. I was still charged $49.99, then told I would be refunded in 3-4 business days. Then in 10 days when asking again due to my refund not being received I was told that there is no money to refund and to go ahead and make a BBB. There customer service was very rude and I still have a charge for $49.99 that has still not been refunded. I am very frustrated, I have never had so many problems with one company that I never even had service from!!
 
80
jlafount
02.04.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
cfredrickson
07.31.13
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
100
raz57
02.02.13
Built in Sling is great. Program transfer to iPad is awesome.
 
70
AMCooper63
08.31.12
The Hopper will not create keyword timers. Hence, you can not program the future TV fall series nor can you record all shows with a keyword like rocket.
 
30
dyannerb
08.21.12
This is a piece of crap!! Wish I had never gotten it!! Can't record and watch over three programs and that is in three rooms!! I want to get rid of it and go back to what I had and I still have to pay the $100 and dish keeps changing my appointments. If I could get rid of Dish I would do that too, but they made me sign up for two more years just to get the hopper. Don't get the hopper!!
 
100
nevan7
03.22.12
great machine, Dish really stepped it up