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Dish Hopper 3, Dish Hopper Plus (sort of), Denon AVR-6500H HT receiver, Klipsch speaker system
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I picked one of these up a couple of weeks ago. I wish I would have waited. It kills Alexa integration and no more PIP. It requires reboots nearly daily and it's very buggy. Turning on the TV yields a black screen. I have to change the channel in order to get Live TV to show on startup. There are no options to change audio settings and Dolby Atmos signals do not pass onto my Denon Atmos receiver. I can't select DTS either from the sound settings and the only option is auto. And, in order to remove it, you have to factory reset your Hopper, simply hooking your HDMI cable back to the Hopper presents a message saying that the HDMI cable was removed and to plug it back into the Hopper Plus. Seriously consider waiting until they get this thing stable and fix the items that were broken and disabled.
 

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Dish Hopper 3, Dish Hopper Plus (sort of), Denon AVR-6500H HT receiver, Klipsch speaker system
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There is a simpler way to do this. You can connect HDMI cables from both the Hopper Plus and your Hopper to the TV. (This will tie up two HDMI inputs on the TV.) When you want to disable the Hopper Plus, you simply need to unplug it from electrical power. Then, change inputs on your TV to the HDMI connected directly to the Hopper. After a reboot process that takes around 20 minutes, the Hopper will revert to regular Hopper mode again. This way, there is no need to constantly disconnect and connect any cables to switch from Hopper Plus mode to regular Hopper mode.

So, the smart thing to do would be to plug the Hopper Plus into a Smart electrical outlet. Then, you could use an Alexa command to turn off the power to the Hopper Plus. After waiting for the Hopper to reboot, you would then be able to use Alexa commands to control the Hopper again.
You would think all you have to do is simply unplug the plus or do what you suggested... Nope. This Hopper Plus requires software to be updated in the Hopper. Once you pull the trigger on this device, you have to do a complete reset of your Hopper to remove the Plus. I haven't done it yet because I don't have any way of backing up my DVR recordings.

EDIT: I tried your suggestion again, step by step, and voila, it worked! Thank you for this!
 
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