I wonder how long the free upgrade will last for those of you waiting? If you're waiting based on bugs, my experience has been pretty well bug free. There are some minor feature changes that I just need to get used to. Overall, the Hopper 3 has been a remarkable improvement over 2 Hoppers.
Two words, "external storage" I have three 2TB drives hooked up to my H3 and have more space than I know what to do with. This is coming from having 4 HWS units.16 tuners and the same storage space, well . . . . It may resolve timer conflicts, but will cause all new "conflicts" in storing all the wonderful new stuff that can be recorded. It won't work in my household. Plus I second that "separation" of content concern.
As mentioned by others here. This comes from years of DISH conditioning and everyone in the house having their own box and access to "their" recordings. Every ones recordings all in one place will not work. And don't mention folders. AND have an HD running 24/7/365 tends to make them die an early death. We need to have our programming separately with enough space for each user. And I am not the only one that has posted that here. We'll wait until the new switch is out and update then. Or by then they may allow an H3 and HwS on the same system that would be perfect! So there's more to it than just add this or just do this and it's not all that important right now with all the bugs that have yet to be ironed out. We can wait.Two words, "external storage" I have three 2TB drives hooked up to my H3 and have more space than I know what to do with. This is coming from having 4 HWS units.
Two words, "external storage" I have three 2TB drives hooked up to my H3 and have more space than I know what to do with. This is coming from having 4 HWS units.
I don't see the Hopper 3 as a step back. I think they will eventually allow multiple H3s on an account when the DHP42 switch is released.
I would have liked to have seen a larger hard drive, but I don't think that the Broadcom chipsets can "see" more than 2TB at a time.
For the VAST majority of Hopper 3 users, 2TB will be enough. For power users, like those of us that visit and post here, I can see the complaints.
However, it is an EXTREMELY nice feature to be able to have three 2TB drives that one can transfer recordings to for later use or to archive and back up recordings so that they could be moved over to another H3 should the current unit have problems.
Much better than DirecTV, where the receiver either sees the internal drive or the external drive and records to it, and then the external drive is married to that particular unit, if your HR34, 44, 54 dies, your programs go with it, even on the external unit.
For myself, I can't see very much to complain about with the Hopper 3. Opinions though, are like @ssholes, everybody has one.
I can certainly empathize with some potential Hopper 3 converts, seeing the shortcomings of not being able to have more than one Hopper 3 at the present time.
Hopefully, Dish will rectify the situation when the DPH42 switch is released.