Hopper 3 Review

  • By John Pearce
  • 27 May, 2016

The HOPPER 3™ is a satellite receiver for the modern age!

 At no time have there ever been more options for accessing and watching TV. People who are trying to figure out how they will get, view and manage their entertainment content should look no further than the new HOPPER 3™, which DISH unveiled at the recent 2016 CES. The HOPPER 3™ is a satellite receiver for the modern age, delivering TV in a way that is both personalized and manageable and supports 4K technology. Here’s a breakdown of how this generation of HOPPER is upgrading the TV experience once again.

Wherever, Whenever, However

Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, TV-on-the-go services, smart TVs and advanced receivers have not only expanded our TV options, but they’ve also launched countless arguments over who gets to watch what where. Conflicts stemming from different TV preferences and age ranges are a thing of the past with the HOPPER 3™; now, you can watch and record 16 shows at once and support up to seven TVs. One shared home video network can record up to 500 hours of HD programming or up to 2,000 hours of SD programming. No one has to miss out on anything.

Likewise, you can personalize your TV schedule by watching shows when and how you want. The  HopperGo  eliminates the woes created when you’re without an Internet connection or running low on mobile device storage by using Wi-Fi hotspot technology and up to 100 hours of storage space. Bring it along, plug it into your mobile device whenever you’re ready and catch up on your favorite shows.

Furthermore, the HOPPER 3™’s two terabytes of storage space means users can make TV match their schedule, instead of the other way around. Show start times can be ignored, as long as the show is set to be recorded (just make sure to avoid social media spoilers). Working late? Ask the family to hold off on watching that season finale so you can watch it together. What’s more, if you’d like to watch live sports games as the action happens, the Mosaic feature allows for up to six channels to be viewed simultaneously.

A New Experience

The transition from analog to digital TV meant crisper, more reliable channels — but it also caused new complaints such as slow channel load times and confusing programming guides and menus. The  redesigned HOPPER 3™ user interface , advanced search functions and voice control features address these concerns.

The interface features a cleaner, modern design and offers automatic quick help whenever “#” is pressed. The search function has a predictive component and searches all content through the programming guide and On Demand library. The HOPPER Voice Remote enables users to change channels, play movies or launch apps with voice commands.

Ushering in 4K

The progression of TV from standard definition to 1080p continues with the (albeit slow) adoption of 4K. Last year, DISH introduced the first 4K set-top box (4K Joey), so HOPPER features could be used with 4K TVs. The  HOPPER 3™  completes the 4K ecosystem by adding a receiver to the family.

It’s still a process to find  4K TV  content, and it may be some time before it’s the new standard. It’s hard to argue against the quality and sharpness of a 4K screen. If you plan on going 4K this year (or this decade), the HOPPER 3™ doesn’t require a 4K TV — but it’ll be ready when you take that next step.

App Happy

As the popularity of streaming TV apps continues to rise, products are forced to become an all-in-one entertainment destination. The HOPPER 3™ comes with Netflix, Pandora, VEVO and tons more apps built in, so viewers can binge watch or stream music to their heart’s content. These apps can be launched with the voice controls on the  HOPPER remote .

International Satellite & Antenna Service Blog

By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

Ocala, Florida, October 27, 2017 – DISH recently designated International Satellite & Antenna Service as a “Premier Local Retailer,” the company’s highest honor for businesses that demonstrate excellence in performance and customer experience.


Following a highly selective process, International Satellite & Antenna Service joins the top five percent of authorized DISH retailers in the Premier program. As a result, customers in Central Florida have a front-row seat to experience the latest products, announcements and offers available from DISH.


“International Satellite & Antenna Services truly tuned in to the needs and preferences of customers in the greater Ocala area, and we are proud to have them join our Premier program,” said Amir Ahmed, DISH senior vice president for Indirect Sales. “Premier Local Retailers are a crucial part of our business, serving as trusted partners who help us better serve our customers, together.”


“Our goal is to provide our customers with the best entertainment and home technology experience at the greatest value,” said John Pearce, President of International Satellite. “We could not have reached Premier Local Retailer status without the support and loyalty of our customers, and your voice will continue to be the most important as we partner with DISH to deliver the best experience possible.”


To learn more about International satellite & Antenna Service or to demo the latest offerings from DISH and Sling TV, visit www.newdish.tv .


About DISH

DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.528 million pay-TV subscribers, as of March 31, 2017, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com .



About [International Satellite & Antenna Service

International Satellite & Antenna Service is one of the Nation’s Oldest and Largest Satellite TV, Satellite Internet and HDTV Antenna Dealers.

Founded in 1983 by John Pearce, a pioneer in the direct to home satellite industry, International Satellite was among the first U.S. satellite companies recognized by the United States Department of Commerce for publication in Commercial News U.S.A.

International Satellite has received numerous awards and recognition from companies like DirecTV, Dish Network, WildBlue, Uniden and General Instrument for being one of the Nation’s Top Retailers. Recently, International Satellite & Antenna Service received the Ocala Star Banner’s Best of the Best, Voters Choice Award for 2017 in the IT division.

International Satellite & Antenna Service’s showroom is located 3 miles west of I-75 in State Road 200 in the Jasmine Plaza. Their phones are answered after hours by their on-duty technician 7 days a week/ 365 days a year.


For additional information about DSIH or International Satellite & Antenna Service contact John Pearce at 1-800-331-8295 or email isa@mfi.net

By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

100 Hours of Content Anywhere
The HopperGO can store up to 100 hours of content for offline viewing, allowing you to save space on your mobile device. 

Connect to All of Your Devices
The HopperGO can connect with up to 5 devices so your whole family can enjoy TV on the go. 

Built-In Battery
With its built-in battery, the HopperGO can last for 4 hours and is easily recharged through any USB port

By John Pearce 28 Oct, 2017

HughesNet Gen5 Delivers True FCC-Defined Broadband, Attracts New Customers In Every Continental U.S. State

Germantown, Md., June 5, 2017—Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) today announced its recently launched HughesNet Gen5 satellite Internet service has reached a major milestone in just two months – now serving more than 100,000 homes and small businesses, including both new subscribers and upgrades, and subscribers in every continental U.S. state have been connected to the service.

Launched in late March 2017, new customers to HughesNet Gen5 are experiencing faster speeds, more data, built-in Wi-Fi and an overall improved Internet experience. HughesNet Gen5 is the first and only U.S. satellite Internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband speeds – 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload – from coast-to-coast.

“The new HughesNet Gen5 is meeting the need for high-speed Internet in households and small businesses across the country – especially in areas underserved or unserved by ‘traditional’ wired Internet,” said Mike Cook, executive vice president at Hughes. “Everyone has the right to high- speed Internet access and Hughes is proud to bring fast, reliable Internet to all households coast-to-coast across America, no matter where they live or work.”

Early customer responses show they are enjoying higher satisfaction and improved performance from the new HughesNet Gen5 service. According to Joe K. from Illinois, “I’ve seen a big boost in performance with HughesNet Gen5, giving me the true broadband speeds I’ve wanted. The overall experience is just a lot better.”

HughesNet is America’s #1 choice for satellite Internet with more than one million subscribers nationwide. HughesNet Gen5 is available in a variety of affordable consumer and business plans to suit customer’s specific needs. Plans range from 10 to 250 GB/month of data with the same fast speeds of 25 Mbps on every plan. Additional features include: 

• Built-in Wi-Fi to easily connect wireless devices
• No hard data limits – if monthly plan data is exceeded, service continues at a reduced speed until the next billing cycle
• Video Data Saver to watch more videos using less data
• Bonus Zone – 50 GB of free data per month to use during off-peak hours (2 a.m. - 8 a.m.)

HughesNet Gen5, recently named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Consumer Services category in the 15th annual American Business Awards, is available through a nationwide network of dealers and sales agents, as well as directly through www.HughesNet.com .

About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world’s largest satellite network with over 1 million residential and business customers across North America and Brazil. For large enterprises and governments, the company’s HughesON® managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies. The JUPITER™ System is the world’s most widely deployed High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform, operating on more than 20 satellites by leading service providers, delivering a wide range of broadband enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul applications. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 5.5 million terminals to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share, and its technology is powering broadband services to aircraft around the world.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com  and follow @Hughes_Corp  on Twitter.

About EchoStar
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments. For more information, visit echostar.com . Follow @EchoStar  on Twitter.
©2017 Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company. Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks and HughesON and JUPITER are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

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