Dish’s Hopper 3 DVR Adds 4K Netflix Streaming
Dish’s Hopper 3 DVR (above) will now stream 4K Ultra HD content from Netflix.
Direct-to-home satellite TV provider Dish said Friday that its latest Hopper 3 network DVR now has the ability to access 4K Ultra HD TV shows and movies from the Netflix catalog.
Titles newly available in 4K UHD to Dish subscribers with the Hopper 3 include the recently-debuted seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, House of Cards and Fuller House, among others.
To view the shows in 4K Ultra HD viewers will need the aforementioned Hopper 3 connected to a compatible 4K Ultra HDTV, a connection to an IP broadband service and a subscription to Netflix’s $11.99 per month package.
Netflix said it plans to offer more than 600 hours of 4K Ultra HD content by the end of the year.
In other Netflix-related news, select 2016 LG and Sony TVs will be among models carrying the over-the-top streaming video service provider’s newly updated Netflix Recommended certification.
Read more about Dish’s 4K Netflix offering and 2016 Netflix Recommended TVs after the jump.
Dish said its Hopper 3 DVR will deliver 4K Ultra HD streams from Netflix beginning today. The Netflix titles join content from Sony, The Orchard and Mance Media as 4K Ultra HD content available through compatible equipment on the Dish platform.
Dish said the Hopper 3 delivers native 4K support, decoding and output at up to 60 frames per second with up to 10-bit color. Dish told HD Guru that the Hopper 3’s HDMI hardware is 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 compatible and high dynamic range (HDR) capable but we don’t support Netflix’s HDR content today.”
Netflix currently offers a limited assortment of 4K Ultra HD titles with HDR metadata. For TVs that are Dolby Vision-enabled or support HDR-10, Marco Polo is available to watch now in HDR, with Marvel’s Daredevil coming soon.
Dish said the Netflix app has been available on this set-top box since February.
“Netflix is actively taking steps to broaden the availability of Ultra HD content, with plans to provide more than 600 hours by the end of this year,” stated Vivek Khemka, Dish chief technology officer and executive VP. “As the cost of 4K TVs continues to decrease, consumer adoption of and interest in Ultra HD technology becomes more widespread. We’re making every effort to provide our Hopper 3 customers with additional access to 4K programming as it’s made available.”
Netflix recommends an Internet connection speed of at least 25 megabits per second to stream its Ultra HD titles.
According to Dish, to access the 4K programming Hopper 3 users must press the “Home” or “App” button on the remote control, then select the Netflix app icon. Netflix can also be accessed on channel 370 in the Dish programming guide. Once in the app, Ultra HD titles are identifiable by searching the terms “4K” or “UHD.”
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The Netflix 4K titles will be integrated into the Hopper 3’s universal search results, and will appear in episode lists to simplify search and discovery of 4K content.
Meanwhile, Netflix recently revealed that select 2016 LG and Sony TVs have been certified under Netflix’s updated and improved 2016 Netflix Certified program for smart-TV performance.
Netflix Recommended certification announcements are pending for other smart TV manufacturers as well, including TCL, whose new 2016 4K Roku TVs are expected to carry the over-the-top streaming services stamp of approval.
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LG said it will carry 25 4K Ultra HDTV models with the new NetFlix Recommended status this year.
Making the list are: the Signature OLED TV (G6), 4K OLED TVs (models E6 and C6), LG Super UHD TVs (models UH9500 and UH8500) and UHD TVs (models UH7500, UH6500, UH6300 and UH6100). More models are expected to be added as they are evaluated, the company said.
Meanwhile, Sony’s 2016 TV lineup will include three series of 2016 4K Ultra HDTV with the Android TV operating system. These include: the X850D, X930D and X940D series.
Netflix certifies for recommendation televisions that deliver easier access to apps with the Netflix app in particular, positioned prominently for easy access and activation.
Enhancements to the Netflix Recommended certification selection for 2016 include: even faster performance and the following:
- Instant on, enabling the TV to wake up quickly;
- TV resume, which returns the viewer to where they left off when the TV is turned on again;
- The latest Netflix app version and features;
- Fast Netflix-app launching;
- Fast Netflix app resume, enabling a Netflix video to instantly resume when returning to Netflix from other apps or channels;
- A Netflix button on the remote;
- Prominent placement of the Netflix app on the TV display.
By Greg Tarr
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