Dish Network has come up with a novel idea to combat the onslaught of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu that are taking aim at the paid television subscriber model. Instead of following in the footsteps of others by participating heavily in the TV Everywhere authentication initiative, Dish will be integrating Slingbox place-shifting technology into future Hopper DVR units.
The move will allow customers watch live or recorded television over the Internet from anywhere in the world, just as you could with a standalone Slingbox. The new box will be called the Hopper with Sling and in addition to the place-shifting technology, it will include built-in Wi-Fi as well as a processor that is clocked twice as fast as last year's model.
Dish will utilize the same 2TB hard drive from a year ago in addition to popular features like Primetime Anywhere, AutoHop and whole-home DVR functionality thanks to remote Joey boxes placed throughout your house. The Hopper still has three tuners, meaning the Sling functionally gets its own. This will allow you to record a show, have a remote user Sling in and watch their own program all while you are watching a separate show or movie on your in-home television.
Exact pricing and availability for Hopper with Sling will be announced later this month, but according to The Verge, users can expect to pay an additional $100 on top of the price of the original Hopper for existing customers. New customers that sign a two-year contract will get Hopper with Sling free of charge.