Dish Network Hopper with Sling

from  $239+
85
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

If you're a Dish Network customer, there's really no reason not to upgrade to the Hopper with Sling, which combines the service's powerful whole-home DVR with Sling's watch-anywhere functions, so you can take your programs anywhere. Laptop Mag calls it the "ideal package for anyone who wants to watch their shows anytime and anyplace" and says the Hopper "is so good, you may want to ditch cable or DirecTV just to get it." PC Mag also likes the Hopper with Sling, and says it "packs a staggering array of features into a single box," and is "simply the best DVR available today."

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Model

Key Specs

Type
High def DVR (500 hours) (2000 hours) (3)
Service type
Satellite
Video services
Video-on-demand
Video outputs
Antenna / RF, HDMI, RCA / composite

General

Type
High def DVR (500 hours) (2000 hours) (3)
Service type
Satellite
Additional service fee
yes

Playback

Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Zoom / widescreen modes
Full, Native, Zoom
Video control
Instant replay, Frame forward, Frame reverse, Jump ahead
Video services
Video-on-demand
Multi-room support
yes

Recording

Remote scheduling
yes
Automatic / criteria-based recording
yes
Find / browse by content type
yes (HD, Movies, News, Sports)

Remote

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

Other features

Upgradeable firmware
yes
Front text display
no
Parental controls
yes

Outputs

Video outputs
Antenna / RF, HDMI, RCA / composite (1 outputs) (1 outputs)
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical)

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Storage

Internal storage
2 TB

Optical media

Optical media (built-in)
no
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