DISH's New HD DVR: Learn Why the Hopper Is More Than Your Average DVR!

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Digital Video Recorders (DVR) are nothing new but it's good to know that providers continue to innovate and integrate their products. Traditionally, a DVR is generally known as a large bulky set-top box that sounds like an old desktop computer. It can store all your favorite movie and TV shows. Recent breakthroughs have made technology more advanced allowing manufacturers to produce more efficient and attractive models by bringing new technology into the product.

Ten years ago you could get a DVR that would record about 30 hours worth of programming. Today's hard drives can store up to 1000 hours or 2 Terabytes worth of recordings. While the DVR comes with a limited hard drive, it does have the ability to add an external hard drive and expand its storage. Note, once a recording is moved from the internal onto an external hard drive the placement is permanent.

The latest DVR is labeled, "The Hopper." This unit is a three-tuner whole-home High Definition DVR that allows recording on up to six high-definition channels at once allowing playback in any room. Also, provides the ability to operate four TVs simultaneously from one video recorder. Additional benefits include the ability to watch a show while recording another at the same time. Plus, the option to pause, record and playback TV shows On-Demand.

This receiver has a feature called, "Prime Time Anytime or PTAT." PTAT allows instant on-demand access to shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX in high-definition where available the day after the initial showing. On-demand shows are available for up to 8 days. The new Auto-hop feature seamlessly skips over the commercials so there is no pushing a skip forward button.

This is the first model I've seen that has a remote locator. The button is located on the front panel …