The Joey is a local receiver for the Editors’ Choice digital video recorder Dish Network Hopper (4.5 stars). While the Hopper serves as the tuner recorder with storage, the Joey lets you access anything on the Hopper from any room in the house with a TV. You can install up to three Joeys (via coaxial cable) with each Hopper, and they’re provided for free as part of the Hopper package for Dish Network subscribers of mid-tier programming packages, and the service costs $7 per month per Joey in addition to the Hopper itself.
At 1.5 by 6.5 by 5.1 inches (HWD), the Joey is much smaller than the Hopper, but maintains all of the user-end functions. The front panel holds a few basic buttons including Power and Up and Down navigation controls, but you’ll need the remote to navigate on-screen menus. Joey comes with an identical remote to the Hopper, and you get a sheet of stickers for labeling each Joey remote. There are dedicated buttons for the DVR library, recording video, and searching the channel guide. You’ll spend most of your time navigating menus with the direction pad, but the dedicated buttons make accessing certain functions like the connected Hopper’s DVR capabilities easy.
On the Joey’s back panel, there’s a coaxial cable port, HDMI and composite video outputs, an optical audio output, and an Ethernet port. The Joey connects to the Hopper through the coaxial cable connection (the installer will run a splitter between the two cables), and the Joey’s Ethernet port is mostly vestigial; on-demand and networked TV services like Blockbuster on Demand are accessed through the Hopper.
Up to three Joeys can be connected to a Hopper to use the Hopper’s three tuners. Two of those Joeys can tune to live TV while the Hopper is showing TV, and the third Joey can tune into any of the three active streams or access DVR or streaming video content. We installed two Joeys with our test unit, and both easily accessed the storage and tuners on the Hopper.
If you want satellite TV in your bedroom, garage, or other rooms in your house, the Dish Network Joey is a no-brainer. Up to three boxes are free with the Hopper, which stands as our Editors’ Choice DVR, and they can access everything on the Hopper with ease. If you have more than one screen in your house, the $7 per month for each Joey is worth the price for all the programming you can get.
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