Posted Fri Jan 13, 2017 at 07:30 AM PST by Steven Cohen
Multi-room music support is coming to Hopper DVRs.
DISH has announced the launch of DISH Music. The new feature brings multi-room music support powered by DTS Play-Fi tech to Hopper DVRs.
"The Hopper is capable of serving as a household's comprehensive entertainment hub," said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. "Incorporating DTS Play-Fi technology into our offerings provides DISH customers with a premium whole-home music streaming option, in addition to the television experience they already love, at no additional cost."
With DISH Music, Hopper DVR owners can now sync music throughout their homes. The feature supports content from several popular streaming sources, including iHeartRadio, Pandora, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, and Amazon Music, enabling users to enjoy multi-room music through TV audio systems connected to a Hopper 2 DVR, Hopper 3 DVR, or Joey client. DISH Music allows Hopper DVRs and Joeys to become music streaming zones that are controllable through Android and iOS mobile devices or directly from an app on the set-top boxes. Users can then choose to sync the same music across multiple rooms, or play different tracks in each zone. In addition, DISH Music can also wirelessly pair with DTS Play-Fi-enabled speakers connected to the same wireless network.
DISH Music is rolling out to customers now, and support for all Hopper 2 and Hopper 3 DVRs is expected to arrive by February 2017. In addition to the new multi-room music feature, DISH also recently announced plans to add Amazon Alexa compatibility to its Hopper 3 DVR. With Alexa support, users will be able to voice control their set-top boxes through a paired Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Alexa support is expected to arrive on DISH's Hopper 3 DVRs during the first half of this year.
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