DISH Network, a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), announced Sunday that it has developed a “Virtual Joey” software application.
It delivers the DISH Hopper HD-DVR experience on 2013 and 2014 LG Smart TVs.
The app can be used instead of DISH’s hardware-based Joey, increasing installation options where coaxial or Ethernet wiring may be difficult to access.
“Television placement is so often dictated by where the set-top box can be and where the wires are – this new application literally unleashes the TV,” said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH president and CEO.
“Together, we are giving our customers more choice and control over their entire television experience.”
This new Virtual Joey app provides a nearly identical experience to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVRs currently available to DISH customers.
When loaded on an LG Smart TV, the app offers access to and control of the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR — including live TV, recordings and navigation of the electronic program guide.
The software-based clients operate on users’ wireless or wired home networks.
“Our collaboration with DISH is consistent with our philosophy of making Smart TV simple and more intuitive,” said Sam Chang, vice president in charge of the LG Electronics Silicon Valley Lab, which developed LG’s new webOS Smart TV platform.
DISH expects to release the app in the first quarter of 2014.