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Hopper Home Automation


The Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR from DISH is at the forefront of home automation.

In just a few short years, we have gone from phones that make calls to phones that can turn off our house lights when we’re in another state. And the trend toward interconnectivity is just getting started — the so-called “Internet of things” is fast becoming a reality.

For its part, DISH is already offering interconnected entertainment. For example, you can watch shows you recorded at home on your phone or tablet. DISH is now pushing the envelope by sharing its Hopper programming with other innovative home automation companies.

At the audio/video tradeshow CEDIA Expo earlier this month, DISH announced partnerships with Crestron, Savant and AMX — leading providers of connected homes, offices, schools and health care facilities — to pursue new ways of blending the television experience with other aspects of daily life. With open access to the Hopper API, these companies will now have the capability to provide smart new features.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your TV automatically turned to the right channel when it was time for your favorite program, or if you living room lights dimmed when you started watching a movie? Imagine being able to control your heating and air conditioning from your TV, or preheat the oven on your way home with your tablet. Some of this technology is already in place on an individual level for certain devices, but the growing demand for interconnectivity will lead to more convenient options for any viewing experience.

With forward-thinking technology, the DISH Hopper provides the best whole-home experience.


DISH Cosponsors America’s Best Communities Prize


Does your city or town have what it takes to become one of America’s Best Communities? The answer could mean $3 million in cash to spur economic development.

America's Best Communities Prize

DISH has teamed up with Frontier Communications to revitalize small towns and rural areas across the country by cosponsoring the America’s Best Communities Prize.

The competition gives small cities and towns an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial potential, and finalists will receive cash prizes to help kick-start their local economy.

Communities with populations between 9,500 and 80,000 residents in the 27 states serviced by Frontier are encouraged to apply. Prizes range from $35,000 for 50 quarter-finalists up to $3 million for the first-place entry.

Eligibility requirements, which include the development of a community revitalization plan, are available here. Visit for a complete list of prizes, official rules and judging criteria.


HBO, Cinemax Free This Weekend on DISH


The final season of Boardwalk Empire premiers this weekend, and DISH is giving you a free pass!

This weekend only, from Friday Sept. 5 to Monday Sept. 8, DISH is giving all subscribers a free preview of HBO and Cinemax. And Nucky isn’t the only thing worth watching — with nine HBO channels and six Cinemax channels in DISH’s premium movie lineup, you’ll have hundreds of the latest movies at your fingertips.

DISH provides a different group of free preview channels each month. Stay tuned to find out what’s playing next on DISH!

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