Thinking of upgrading to Hopper 3 - Internet connection question

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  1. hokie-dk

    hokie-dk AllStar

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    Current setup:

    VIP622 --> TV-1 (4K) with both tuners connected single mode for PIP capability
    VIP722 --> TV-2 (4K) and TV-3 (non-4K)

    Proposed setup:

    Hopper 3 -- TV-1 (4K)
    4K Joey --> TV-2 (4K)
    Wireless Joey --> TV-3 (non-4K)

    I have cellular Internet service (AT&T) with no other viable option at the present time. Therefore my broadband usage is limited to <100G per month. I can watch Netflix or Prime a few hours a day within that limit using the apps built into TV-1 and TV-2.

    If I connect the Hopper to my router, how much bandwidth is it going to consume (at least two TVs on pretty much all day long) or can I continue to just connect with a phone line?

    What functionality do I lose with just a phone line?

    Do I have to connect the Hopper to the Internet to view 4K content or to view content through the included apps?

    Thanks!
     
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    There's some basic "phoning home" that happens but that happens on Internet connected ViP receivers as well. Using a phone line would force the phoning home use the POTS network (assuming that you have a suitable land line).

    If you don't have real broadband capacity, don't connect the Hopper to your LAN. Further, if you don't have real broadband with a 500GB limit or higher, you probably shouldn't concern yourself with 4K -- at 10-25GB per hour per viewing session, it is voracious.

    Of all of the apps, I would imagine maybe the Weather App could survive without a broadband connection. Slinging through DISH Anywhere obviously requires a broadband connection as do some of the newer channels like Netflix and YouTube that are simply gateways to their respective Internet servers.

    DISH's satellite-delivered UHD offering is weak.
     
  3. hokie-dk

    hokie-dk AllStar

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    Yeah, my ViPs are connected via POTS line now - no internet connection for them. I'm not sure it's even worth the effort to upgrade to the Hopper. The main reason to upgrade is to get a better picture on TV-3, which has the SD connection coming off of the 722.
     
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    I hear you.

    Consider that you may be able to get away with a Fire Stick for the third TV if it isn't used heavily (or the user is patient). Streaming within your house doesn't gobble Internet bandwidth (but it does require a little bit to get things going). The big advantage of the Fire Stick is that it incurs no monthly fees. The big drawback is probably the remote.
     
  5. hokie-dk

    hokie-dk AllStar

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    Haha! Patience is not an attribute of the main user. The TV is heavily used, and by someone that doesn't play well with technology. I don't think Fire Stick is in the cards, but thanks for the suggestion.
     

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