Today (Jan 7), during its pre-CES press conference in Las Vegas, DISH announced some new features that will be coming soon to its DVR-powered Hopper service. Combined with the functionality of its Whole-Home HD DVR system (which enables you to record multiple programs for your viewing pleasure), it’ll let you take your favorite movies and shows wherever you go – literally.
Using Hopper with Sling, subscribers are able to transfer their live TV and DVR recordings to tablets, smartphones and computers, whether they’re at home or away.
But Hopper’s functionality goes deeper than streaming. You can also use Transfers, which allow you to move television or movie programming to your iPad device, and then play them back, even if you don’t have an online connection. In comparison, the HBO GO iPad player requires an Internet connection in order to access programs.
Finally, DISH announced a new Explorer app, which will take socializing with favorite programs on the service to a new level. With the app, customers will be able to use their tablet and mobile devices as a "second screen," discovering new and trending content related to the live television they are watching, and integrating with Twitter and Facebook to follow the online dialog. The tablet/mobile devices can also be used as a remote for Hopper, accessing services and transferring over programs. [See also: 5 Steps to Cut Cable and Enjoy TV for Half the Price ]
DISH will be unveiling details about Hopper with Sling’s pricing later this month.