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Dish upgrades its Joey set-top box with 4K video, multi-room music streaming, & more

Dish upgrades its Joey set-top box with 4K video, multi-room music streaming, & more

Dish CEO Joe Clayton introducing the company's new Hopper and Joey apps.

Dish CEO Joe Clayton introducing the company's new Hopper and Joey apps.

Above: Dish CEO Joe Clayton introducing the company’s new Hopper and Joey apps.

Image Credit: Photo by Tom Cheredar/VentureBeat

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Dish Network just made its satellite TV service far more attractive to consumers with the debut of a new “Joey” set-top box at CES 2015 in Las Vegas today.

The new Joey box will give you access to 4K (aka “Ultra HD”) quality video content, the ability to control music in multiple rooms (sort of like Sonos), and integration with lots of third-party content services like music video-focused Vevo. The multi-room music streaming actually happens through a separate mobile app available on iOS and Android, with support for Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. The new Joey box also features an updated “Carbon” user interface and a remote that steals more than a few ideas from competitors — specifically, a voice control feature and a touch screen.

The new additions to the set-top box — as well as the debut of its OTT Sling TV service — should give Dish a leg up on competition from cable providers and DirecTV. And Dish needs all the help it can get after a year of tough TV licensing negotiations that in some cases led to a blackout of some of the most popular TV channels.

Dish said the 4K Joey box will be available for order during the second quarter of 2015, while the multi-room music streaming app is expected to launch this summer.

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DISH Network Corporation, through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.014 million satellite TV customers, as of June 30, 2013, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the b… read more »

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