In a press release put out by DISH Network Corporation, the satellite television company, has announced that it will be opening up the application programming interfaces (APIs) for its Hopper DVR to select third-party mobile application developers.
This is good news for people who subscribe to DISH as many of the functions available on our trusty old remote controls leave a lot to be desired when it comes to finding the programs we enjoy to watch, and in the context we use to decide what we want to view. App developers have shown themselves to be very creative and the availability of the APIs gives them almost endless possibilities to make TV viewing and DVR management a lot better.
Currently the APIs will only be available to developers who are run through a vetting process to ensure that certain requirements are met, such as customer privacy.
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- Industry-leading move gives developers access to program information, channel-changing functionality from mobile devices
- Thuuz Sports is first third-party mobile app to integrate with DISH's Hopper receivers
- Consumers benefit from more choice and greater personalization of TV experience
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a move designed to deliver new customer experiences and to spur innovation among smartphone and tablet app developers, DISH opened its third-party application programming interface (API) to developers. Starting today, trusted partners can access many of the same second-screen APIs that DISH uses for its own DISH Explorer mobile app on its Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR, a program designed to replace a traditional remote control with a tablet-based device.
"DISH wants to evolve the Hopper experience for customers and foster innovation among the developer community"
"I think it's a great announcement and DISH has taken a step in the right direction," said media strategist Robert Tercek earlier this month at the Second Screen Summit in New York. "In the world of the multichannel video providers, DISH is probably the most innovative company. This is evidence that DISH is focused on reinventing the TV experience for an audience that's already accustomed to manipulating their content, tuning in when they want to, and building their own playlists. Consumers want to exert more control."
With the DISH APIs, developers can offer new ways for customers to discover shows that are available on the program guide, recorded to the DVR and accessible on demand. Their apps will also be able to control the Hopper by changing channels, setting recordings and playing back DVR and on-demand shows.
"DISH wants to evolve the Hopper experience for customers and foster innovation among the developer community," said Vivek Khemka, senior vice president of Product Management for DISH. "DISH already has its own suite of mobile apps designed to work with the Hopper, but we want to see what other experiences trusted partners might create if given the opportunity. By tapping into a deeper well of creativity, I'm confident we will discover ideas we've never dreamed of to improve upon an already unique customer experience."
Third-party Integration Underway
Thuuz Sports is the first developer to incorporate DISH's APIs into their app, enabling DISH customers to control their Hopper receiver directly from Android or iOS smartphones. Thuuz Sports uses real-time analytics and social signaling to alert viewers to exciting sporting events. Fans can customize the app based on their favorite teams and sports leagues, including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAAF and NCAABB.
By pairing the Thuuz app on mobile devices with Hopper, DISH subscribers can automatically jump to the most exciting games on their TV. The Thuuz Sports app also enables one-click recording of live or upcoming matches on the Hopper if a customer is away from their TV.
"Our goal is to make sure sports enthusiasts never miss an exciting game," said Warren Packard, CEO & co-founder of Thuuz. "Our apps already alert users to the best matches in their favorite sports. Integrating with DISH's Hopper receivers lets us take viewers immediately into the live action. For those times when they can't watch the game live, we make sure they can record it to enjoy later."
Developers interested in working with DISH will be vetted to ensure that customer privacy and other considerations are met. Requests for the Hopper APIs are being accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.