Dish's Hopper upgrade enables easier bingeing, lets users skip back to beginning of in-progress shows

Coming off a hectic two weeks of broadcast retransmission negotiations, the Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) had some happy news to announce Thursday night about upgrading its user experience.

A new software update for its Hopper DVR will allow users who join a program in-progress to skip back to the beginning of the show, so long as the content resides in Dish's VOD library.

Dish also integrated a new feature that enables binge watching: When a subscriber finishes watching a series episode on linear TV or VOD, a pop-up window will allow them to easily transition to the subsequent installment, provided its recorded in their DVR or exists in the Dish VOD catalog. 

Finally, Dish engineers have figured out a way for viewers to decipher hard-to-hear dialog by using closed-captioning. Traditionally, using captioning required an abrupt halt to the show to visit the user settings. But with new Hopper feature, all a user has to do to trigger a one-time closed-captioning usage is push a green button on their remote.

Dish Network Hopper upgrade

Dish's Hopper upgrade features a pop-up selection that appears after recording a series episode. (Source: Dish Network)

For more:
- read this Dish Network blog post
- read this Engadget story

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