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Hopper / Sling question

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by Sharkie_Fan, May 2, 2012.

  1. Sharkie_Fan

    Sharkie_Fan Hall Of Fame

    Sep 26, 2006
    I have a question with regards to how the sling adapter works on the Hopper.

    I've never seen or used current DISH equipment - I was a customer nearly 15 years ago, but have been with DirecTV for the last 8 or 9 years.

    Currently I have a spare receiver set up with a slingbox attached to it, so that if I'm working late and want to watch a Sharks game from the office I don't have to worry about using a receiver that's in use on one of the TVs in the house.

    Now, with the Hopper/Joey coming out, I'm contemplating a switch to DISH... and, of course, I'd love to keep the ability to sling into Sharks games.

    So, if I have the Hopper connected to the main TV in the living room - how does the sling interface work. Am I controlling that TV like I am if I connect a normal slingbox - so that whatever I want to watch has to also be watched on that television? Or does it act more like a client and allow me to watch something on the sling while someone is sitting in the living room watching another show?

    I'd love to be able to eliminate the spare receiver.... but there are times where all 3 TVs in the house are in use and I want to sling in - which is why we have the 4th receiver right now. Generally speaking, if all 3 TVs are in use, one of them would be watching the Sharks game at home as well - so the fact that 3 tuners would potentially be in use isn't a problem, so long as the Hopper isn't REQUIRED to watch the same program that I want to watch on the slingbox.

    If it is, then I have to contemplate how I want to set things up if I do end up making a switch to DISH.
  2. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    Acts as a client and uses one of the active tuners.
  3. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    The active sling tuner can't be viewed locally. So if you need that 3rd tuner for sling and local viewing at the same time, you'll have to get a second Hopper.

    Also be aware the sling adapter interface is different than sling box. You don't see the GUI on the tv. You pick channels and recordings from pages/pop-ups in the app. So it looks different, but the end result is the same.

    I see from your signature, you use OTA as well. Hopper can't do OTA yet, but it's supposedly will at a later date.

    Lastly, you'll want to confirm that Dish actually carries your sports channels or this is all moot.
  4. Ray C@DISH Network

    Ray C@DISH Network DISH Representative DISH Representative

    Dec 28, 2010
    While slinging to the Hopper, it uses an available tuner. If all three tuners are in use, you won't be able to sling. If a tuner is available and you sling to the receiver, when the TV is turned on, the TV Viewing Status screen will appear on that TV. The viewer has a choice to join any tuner, watch PTAT, On Demand, or DVR recordings. If they select the tuner that is slinging, they will take control of that tuner.. can change channels, etc. If you have further questions, please let me know. Thanks.


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