Dish Network adds Sling capabilities to Hopper DVR

EchoStar sues Sling rivals Belkin and Monsoon Multimedia for alleged patent infringement
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Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) launched a new version of its Hopper multiroom DVR which incorporates place-shifting technology from EchoStar's Sling Media subsidiary.

The upgrade, which Dish announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, could let Dish customers access programming stored on a Hopper DVR from anywhere in the world where they are using computers, smartphones or tablets connected to the Internet. The feature helps Dish compete against DirecTV's new Genie multiroom DVR.

Dish also unveiled a new Hopper Transfers app for Apple's iPad at CES which allows subscribers to transfer programming stored on Hopper DVRs to the iPad for offline viewing. Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) announced last month that it would allow subscribers to download series from Showtime and Starz to iOS and Android devices for offline viewing. It is using software from Michael Willner's Penthera Partners for that product.

Dish and EchoStar face increased competition from Belkin, which said last June that it would launch a place-shifting set-top similar to the Sling devices. EchoStar announced on Tuesday that its Sling Media subsidiary had filed patent infringement suits against Belkin and Monsoon Multimedia aimed at stopping the companies from manufacturing products that it alleges violate Sling Media patents.

For more:
- see the EchoStar release
- see the Dish release
- see the Hopper Transfers release

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