DISH Explorer Second-Screen App Enhances TV Viewing Experience on iPad

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  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    DISH Explorer Second-Screen App Enhances TV Viewing Experience on iPad

    * Discover New Shows — Explorer app recommends programs based on real-time TV viewing and social media trends
    * Engage with Fans — Within Explorer app, access Twitter and Facebook feeds and participate in social conversations related to live programs
    * Find Big Games — Explorer shows real-time trends for popular sporting events
    * Control the Experience — App can serve as remote-control for Hopper HD DVR features, including channel guide, DVR and on-demand video

    LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) 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."

    Available tomorrow, 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 allows customers to connect with the social media community about their favorite shows. Using the app, customers can log in to Twitter and Facebook and, in real-time, comment and track posts from fans of the shows they are watching.

    For the sports enthusiast, Explorer incorporates Thuuz™ ratings to identify the hottest games on TV and provides viewers with real-time sports stats when watching live events on the Hopper. The Explorer's view into trending data can signal sporting events that are quickly becoming ‘must see' events.

    "The Thuuz ratings on Explorer means sports fans can quickly see the potential no-hitters, the shut-outs and the upsets forming live before the sports recap on the evening news," said Khemka. "Seeing the big events live is always better and Explorer helps deliver that experience."

    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 January 7.

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    About DISH

    DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.042 million satellite TV customers, as of Sept. 30, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit

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  2. some guy

    some guy Godfather

    Oct 26, 2012
    Pretty nifty
  3. bobukcat

    bobukcat Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2005
    Please tell us when the Android version will be available! :)
  4. 300GHz

    300GHz New Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Not trying to be a kill joy Mr Vivek Khemka, but I've been doing this very thing on my iPad with Directv for over a year now.
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I'm not convinced that the iPad's keyboard is much better than using a conventional remote.
  6. bobukcat

    bobukcat Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2005
    Just tried it out with my wife's iPad and it is kinda cool. It paired pretty quickly with both Hoppers and it's nice that you can pretty quickly see when the upcoming or past episodes of a show aired, etc. I agree that using a picture of the remote on the iPad would not be preferable to the actual remote for those kinds of functions but for navigating the guide it's not bad at all. Two things I noticed in the very limited amount of testing I've done so far:

    1) You cannot use your favorite lists for the guide, it shows everything. You can have it not show unsubscribed channels and apply filters but no easy way to just cycle through your favorites.

    2) It doesn't show OTA channels.

    I'm not sure how much I'd actually use it but I'll be looking forward to an Android version, does Direct have theirs on Android?
  7. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    "Sir, it was a drive-by fruiting"
  8. puckwithahalo

    puckwithahalo Hall Of Fame

    Sep 2, 2007
    You can make your own list of favorites on the app. There's a little heart next to each channel. If you tap the heart it gets added to the favorite list.
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