"Incomplete but on the way."4.0 starson by utmac86
Pros: 1. Ease of use
3. Quality of Guide
4. Improvements on Dish's Ondemand Library
5. With one linked Joey, improved tuners
6. Easy programmable remote
7. Fewer cables
Cons: 1. Incomplete software
2. Struggles with connectivity
3. Not enough tuners for 4 tvs
Summary: The Hopper is the best box that Dish sells right now. It has its flaws for sure, but what is capable of doing is far and away better than what other boxes offer.
Start with the cons. The software for the box is incomplete. They rushed the box out way too fast. The Joey's were meant to be wireless, Siruis was supposed to have album art, when surfing channels sound can cut out (this is a hopper to hopper issue, doesnt happen on all of them). This lack of completion is frustrating.
Pandora, OnDemand, Blockbuster@Home, all of them require internet connection. Dish says that ip connections are the future of the company, and there most advance box doesnt have built in wireless, or an easy home plug network solution.
3 Joeys connected to one box eat all your tuners. After a few months you can build the DVR content to handle tv for all of them, but who wants to just record to make sure they can watch tv in there room.
Now the pros. The tile menus are easy to pick up. Really easy. The ability at the hopper to have more than one channel being recorded at the same time is great for sports or just watching tv. The guide is a legitimate step up, its clean and in HD. It is the best guide I have ever seen.
The OnDemand library with the tiles is easier to navigate and search than any other dish box.
Using the a hopper joey as a two room install it has a big improvement, having hd at both, and an extra tuner for possible conflicts is a step up from the 722
The remote is a dish remote, every company's remote is awkward at first. With the hopper it is easy to program.
My advice to anyone who wants to upgrade or switch to dish for the hopper, wait till all the features come out for the hopper.
When a duo hopper installation can talk to each other big installs, 4 to 5 room installs will have six tuners, and 2 terabytes of hd space for the whole house.