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DISH Explorer App for TV Viewing on iPad

DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) has introduced the DISH Explorer app for iPad, an intuitive second-screen app for the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR platform that combines program-discovery tools, social media engagement and remote-control capabilities.

“Customers are already using tablets while watching TV but, until Explorer, it had been two separate experiences,” said Vivek Khemka, vice president of Product Management at DISH.

“What we’ve done is develop an integrated, seamless experience between the tablet and the television; only the Hopper creates an entirely new viewing dynamic.”

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Available tomorrow, Jan. 7, DISH Explorer expands the functionality of the Hopper by allowing customers to:

  • Discover popular and trending shows, including sporting events, across hundreds of live-TV channels, DVR recordings and on-demand programs;
  • Engage with fans of the same show over Twitter and Facebook using the iPad;
  • Control the Hopper from an iPad, including channel guide navigation and DVR management;
  • Search live TV, DVR and on-demand programs using iPad’s keyboard instead of the remote control.

The new app recommends shows and reveals popular programs by cross-referencing social media television viewing trends and real-time viewership data from DISH’s customer base.

DISH Explorer connects to an Internet-connected Hopper via Wi-Fi and eliminates the need for the remote control. The app makes it easy to navigate all Hopper programming options with the iPad.

DISH Explorer app will be available at no charge in Apple’s App Store on Jan. 7.

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