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A Look At DISH Network’s Hopper DVR Sports Bar Mode

With the Super Bowl approaching and the NBA in full swing, there are a LOT of games to stay on top of. DISH Network knows that one of the biggest draws for satellite television packages is the variety of sports coverage that’s offered. To further entice the sports fanatics out there, DISH Network offers what they are calling “Sports Bar Mode” on their Hopper 3 DVR system. Sports Bar Mode is a multi-view setting for the 4K capable Hopper 3 DVR. NFL Sunday will never be the same.

The feature divides your screen into quadrants, with each displaying a different live TV program. This allows users to recreate a sports bar feel by having multiple live games on the same screen simultaneously. Since the Hopper 3 is equipped with 16 different tuners, there are a variety of options available using this feature. The quadrant setting allows you to watch the most programs simultaneously but if there are only two games on, you can easily set them to divide the screen in half. Just checking the score? Throw that game into a small windowed section in the upper-right corner of your screen.

“This technology replicates the fan experience of catching several games at once, now from the comfort of your home instead of heading to a local pub…Not to mention, it’s great for households who don’t want to miss their favorite drama or sitcom, but also want to keep tabs on any live basketball games.”” Vivek Khemka, Dish’s EVP and CTO, said in a statement.

Sports Bar Mode works with live TV as well as recorded content, so you can check the score of the game while catching up on your favorite show. If you have 4K content and a 4K screen, sports bar mode will support 1080 HD quality while in quadrant mode. Despite its name, sports bar mode can be used for any television program, not just sports.

If you’re or a sports fan, or just an avid television watcher, DISH Network’s sports bar mode for the Hopper 3 DVR is sure to please, and available at no extra cost. The sports bar mode feature is already available for anyone with the Hopper 3 DVR!



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