While the introduction by Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) Monday of its much ballyhooed streaming service, Sling TV, commanded the bulk of attention, another significant product introduction got a little lost in the noise.
Dish's 4K Joey, which integrates with its Hopper whole home system. (Source: Dish / Business Wire)
Dish will also introduce to its customers later this month a 4K version of its Joey set-top that is compatible with any Ultra HD TV set.
The debut of a dedicated 4K DVR is a first for the pay-TV industry. Previously announced 4K services by DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) and Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) use legacy set-tops but require users to have newer model Samsung 4K TV sets.
The 4K Joey is compatible with all HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2-compliant televisions. And in addition to playing back 4K content, it provides enhancements to legacy HD viewing, such as side-by-side HD display of two programs. This picture-in-picture feature is not possible on legacy HD set-tops.
"It's a great feature for sports fans who want to watch two games at once," said Vivek Khemka, senior VP of product management for Dish, introducing the 4K Joey at a Monday morning press conference at CES in Las Vegas.
- read this Dish press release
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