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DISH Offers the Best Lineup of DVR Receivers

WRITTEN BY: Ben Jenkins
DATE: August 31, 2018 at 4:58 PM

It's still time to believe in DISH's technology, especially when it comes to high-definition DVR receivers. As customers consider the number of TVs they have in their home to the amount of storage space they need to record their favorite movies and shows, they can put their trust in all of the technology DISH has to offer.

DISH Authorized Retailers, who run their own business selling DISH products and services in their local communities, can also put their trust in knowing their customers are able to experience the next-generation home entertainment that DISH provides.

But how does a customer know which DVR receiver to put into their home? How do they make the decision to pick the receiver that will match their wants and needs? Let us answer these questions as we break down the differences between the four best DVRs from DISH.


Starting off with the top solution, the Hopper 3 is the world's most powerful HD DVR. It makesDISH Hopper 3 complicated things easy and reinvents the way customers watch TV. Some of its biggest features that stand out above the rest are (1) the ability to watch or record up to 16 shows at the same time, (2) the capability of supporting 7 TVs in one home, and (3) its built-in capacity to view 4K content. 

Even outside the family of Hopper receivers, the Hopper 3 stacks up well against some of the industry's direct competitors. Let's briefly take a look at a side-by-side comparison.

Side-By-Side DVR Comparison  DISH Hopper 3 DirecTV Genie Xfinity by Comcast
Maximum Simultaneous Recordings Up to 16 Up to 5 Up to 6
Commercial-free TV*    
Recording Capacity (HD) Up to 500 Hours** Up to 200 Hours Up to 60 Hours
Watch Live & Recorded TV Anywhere***    
Most Awarded DVR    

Information in chart is provided by the 2018 DISH Reference Guide. *AutoHop feature is available at varying times, starting the day after airing, for select primetime shows on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC recorded with PrimeTime Anytime. Both features must be enabled and are subject to availability. DirecTV and Xfinity data valid as of May 2018. **Recording hours vary; 500 hours based on HD programming, 2,000 hours based on SD programming. ***Requires Internet connection and compatible mobile device.

As you can see, the Hopper 3 has a serious lead on the other most competitive receivers. You could even say it is years ahead of the competition even after its official release two years ago in 2016. No one else comes even close to the outstanding technology of the Hopper 3. 

When considering the rest of the Hopper receivers, take a minute to review the chart below to quickly see the main differences. Some families may not want or need all of the features of the Hopper 3, but they'll definitely find what they're looking for amongst all of these awesome DVRs from DISH.

DVR Receiver Features  Hopper 3 Hopper w/Sling Hopper Hopper Duo
Watch or Record Shows Simultaneously Up to 16 Up to 3* Up to 3* Up to 2
Recording Capacity 2 TB 2 TB 2 TB 500 GB
Number of HDTVs Supported w/Joeys Up to 7 Up to 5 Up to 4 Up to 2
Watch Live or Recorded TV Anywhere ✔**  
Watch on Demand While On the Go
PrimeTime Anytime  
Bluetooth ✔*** ✔***
4K Capable      
Internal Wi-Fi  

*Up to 6 simultaneous recordings when the Primetime Anytime feature is enabled and recording primetime content from ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. **Requires Sling Adapter, sold separately. ***With Bluetooth Adapter, sold separately.

With DISH, any customer can watch TV in a personally customized way. It's easy to keep the family entertained with plenty of storage space and a variety of viewing options from any of the Hopper receivers.

If you're interested in getting set up with DISH's satellite TV service, we recommend reaching out to a local DISH Authorized Retailer. You can find one close to you by going to and they'll be able to answer your questions. 

If you're interested in selling DISH in your local community, that's where RS&I can help. We're a master sales agent and distributor for DISH Network and we help small businesses succeed in their surrounding area. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

DISH is the place to find the best lineup of DVR receivers!


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