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Dish Adds Pandora to Home Platform

‘Hopper’ is whole-house personalized HD DVR system

It’s a marriage of two personalized entertainment services.

Satellite television service provider Dish has introduced personalized Internet audio service Pandora for the Dish whole-home HD DVR system.

With Pandora on the so-called “DISH Hopper,” customers can search for their favorite artists or songs and create personalized radio stations that play only the music they want.

DISH customers with a Hopper can login to their existing Pandora account, or create a new Pandora account, to stream their personalized radio stations through their television. Streaming Pandora on the Hopper requires a broadband Internet connection.

Pandora wants to be on as many entertainment platforms as possible and Dish VP of Product Management Vivek Khemka said the deal adds new dimension to the Hopper platform.

The Dish Hopper features three satellite TV tuners and a 2 TB hard drive that stores up to 2,000 hours of video. With the Hopper, customers can pause live TV in one room and continue watching in another room. Dish launched Hopper in March and is available to both new and existing Dish customers.

Hopper also features apps that give viewers real-time access to Facebook, Twitter and photo sharing, as well as games, news, weather, sports and stock quotes.