Dish took two major steps into television’s future. First, the company announced that is it bringing a 4K version of the Joey set top box to market. The new Joey has native 4K support and uses HDMI 2.0 plus the HDCP 2.2 digital rights standard. The Joey also supports picture-in-picture with HD quality. The 4K version also introduces the updated flat “Carbon” interface and a voice remote for the Hoppers.
Dish also announced Sling TV. This internet-based TV service offers leading cable networks like ESPN, TBS, TNT, Disney, and CNN to your computer, mobile device, or streaming set-top box for $20 a month. Additional channels are available in $5 packages. It requires no hardware and is completely IP-based. It doesn’t even require existing Dish service. Dish plans to update the channel pack throughout 2015 and beyond, and offer other perks you’d find in a traditional cable or Satellite package like VoD. The SlingTV app will launch for Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox, and leading Smart TV platforms.