Dish Starts Selling Satellite Broadband Bundles
Also Launches New Whole Home DVR Platform
Dish unveiled several announcements today at CES, including the fact they'll soon start offering bundled broadband services in conjunction with ViaSat -- courtesy of the recently-launched ViaSat 1. According to a company press announcement
, they'll be bundling ViaSat's new 12 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up service (which we'll have more details on tomorrow
) with satellite TV as part of bundles starting at $80 a month.
The company has also announced
the "Hopper" and "Joey" set top and DVR platform that offers users up to 2 TB of pre-recorded content. Dish is playing catch up here to some existing cable, satellite and telcoTV options, though these new set tops try something a little bit new by recording pretty much all prime time content for your perusal at any time:
The Hopper's new, unparalleled feature, PrimeTime Anytime allows customers, with one click, to record using a single tuner all of the primetime TV programming from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC -- the networks that deliver the most popular shows during primetime. Once activated by a customer, PrimeTime Anytime records network programming in high definition, where available, every night and stores them for eight days after they have aired. This creates an on-demand library of approximately 100 hours of primetime TV shows, and makes it easy to catch up on episodes from last night and last week's airing.
The new DVRs will also give users easy access to Dish's so-far-underwhelming
Blockbuster streaming services, which the company has decided to rename Blockbuster @Home.