DISH’S New Hopper Menu – Things To Know About It

by on May 27, 2017

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DISH is releasing a new Hopper interface in the first week of June. If you decided to just sit back and wait for it to happen, so be it. But if you were eager and asked for an early install, then you were in for some treats with the new interface.

But you might also notice a few other things that they’ve done or changed with the new interface, and I thought you should be aware of them.

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The first thing is that it can take over half-an-hour to execute the update. No biggie there, but after all the warnings to not mess with my remote and what not, when the update was over, it was rather ambiguous about it. I wasn’t sure if it was done or not.

The menu will be a little sluggish at first. But it picks up after a while.

THE BIG CHANGE that caught me by surprise was that the update TURNS ON your “Prime Time Anytime” (PTA) mode and your DVR will start recording everything under the sun. I’ve always run with my PTA off because I don’t have much use for much of it, but after the update, it wasn’t until the second day and my DVR filling up for me to take notice that the PTA was activated. Grr.

Another quirk is how you navigate the various functions you were used to.

They’re mostly the same, but there are a few things that are different.

The biggest thing I’ve noticed is that if you have multiple episodes of a TV show, after you’re done watching one episode, the menu under the show’s title, where it would show you the other episodes you have, is now populated with ‘On Demand’ options, and in some cases, that really screws up the menu of the other episodes of your show, to the point that I’ve had to just escape the DVR menu and re-entered it to get a clean look at the remaining episodes.

There are new ways to do the things you’re used to. One of my favorite changes is that the blue button on the remote is a quick way to delete whatever program item you have highlighted. It’s a much faster process than it used to be.

Though, to be honest, I can’t find the old method of mass deleting episodes under a title folder, but then again, the blue button delete process is so fast, I may not need to worry about it.

They say the parental controls are easier, but I’ve not mucked with them.

They say the search is better, but it only looks different, it doesn’t necessarily seem to be better.

They now have a ‘trending’ option, if you want to see what content si being watched more than others, but to be honest, I don’t know about you, but my viewing desires have never meshed with the masses, so I haven’t tried this function.

So the big take-away was that they turned on Prime Time Anytime on me and there are a few minor interface changes to get used to. But overall, it seems to be a pretty cool update, with a more modern look and a few extra bells and whistles to use or take advantage of.


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Bruce Simmons October 20, 2017 at 6:16 am

I totally agree. It’s slow and now, for some reason, my DVR is missing scheduled recordings… not pleased.

Lisa Brazee October 2, 2017 at 5:37 pm

Have been with DISH for over 15 years. We HATE this new interface, it is slow and sluggish, confusing, and reminds me of Direct TV’s format.
SLOW and DIFFICULT TO USE…..Not always a good idea to “upgrade” or change something that was fine before. I hope DISH reconsiders going back or revising to a new version of the old format.

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