Dish on Tuesday opened the API for their Hopper DVR platform to developers in an effort to spur innovation among smartphone and tablet app developers. As of writing, trusted partners can access many of the same APIs the company uses for its own Dish Explorer mobile app.
The company is hoping developers will be able to come up with new ways for customers to discover content available via on-demand, through the programming guide or content that has already been recorded on the DVR.
Furthermore, the API will allow developers to integrate Hopper controls into mobile apps. This would allow a user to change channels, set recordings and initiate playback of recorded and on-demand content from the Hopper using their smartphone or tablet.
Thuzz Sports is the first developer to use Dish’s API in their mobile app. Their app uses real-time analytics and social signaling to alert viewers of sporting events they may be interested in checking out. Users are able to customize the app based on their favorite teams and sports leagues. When away from home, the app can be used to enable one-click recording of live or upcoming events remotely.
It’s worth pointing out that this program isn’t open to just anyone. As outlined in the Dish press release, interested developers will be vetted to ensure things like customer privacy and other considerations are met. Those interested in applying for access are encouraged to submit a request via e-mail.