Team Summit 2019

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Howdy everyone from Sunny Phoenix, Arizona The home of the 2019 DISH Team Summit!

I will be using this thread to post updates from Team Summit.

A big thank you to everyone who chipped in to make this trip possible. We honestly wouldn’t be here if it was not for their kind support!

Already in a few hours I have had some great discussions with a number of the DISH big wigs and hope to have many more.

As I walk around I am amazed at the number of people that stopped me and said hello!

Lots to talk about so let’s get started!

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Scott Greczkowski

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First thing this morning I went over and took the class on AIR TV.

At this class we got our first look at the new AIRTV Mini

The AIRTV Mini is the next generation AIRTV receiver which looks a lot like a Google Chromecast... but it’s not... it’s a full 4K Android TV player.

This is a next generation AIRTV player and can support VP9 4K encoding on YouTube making this AIRTV box one of the few Android TV boxes on the market that can display YouTube in 4K.

Like the previous generation AIRTV player model it supports the full Google Play Store for Android TV.

And while this is newer generation technology it is missing some features that were on the older player, those features include the Remote Finder feature and the inability to support external media over usb as it has no USB port.

In the brief time I had to play with it it did seem faster then the older AIRTV player and it was also running a newer version of Android TV. I was told that the older AIRTV player will get an OS update in the next month or so.

The AIRTV Mini is expected to be released in June and will retail for $79.99.

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DISH announced a new Over The Air signal meter which will launch in September for installers. (Although if a consumer wants one they could buy one)

It uses a hardware device which communicates with an app on your smart phone and will help you aim your OTA antenna for the best reception possible.

No cost was announced.

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The AIRTV 2 was shown. While the name is confusing the AIRTV is basically a dual tuner over the air Slingbox that allows you to watch your locals anywhere using your smart phone. It also seamlessly interfaces with the Sling TV service so the channels show up in the guide with the rest of your Sling TV programming.

Like the first generation you can add an external hard drive via usb and turn the unit into a OTA DVR and you can access those recordings from anywhere.

This new unit has a smaller form factor and it’s Wifi is a lot better. That is the only real difference over the first generation model.

No price was given however the Air TV 2 will be released in July.

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Next up I went to a training session on the Google Assistant which is coming soon to the Hopper.

This is one of the big things that is being announced this year here at Team Summit. So much is going into this that they are even launching a new 54.1 remote which features the Google Assistant logo.

We were shown all the things that Google Assistant can do which was amazing... however a lot of what they showed us will not work on the Hopper. Such features as play a playlist from Spotify, play a station from TuneIn, setting a timer, having multiple shopping lists, display your security cameras won’t work on the Hopper.

Playing with the new software on a Hopper 3 and I could see this was still very much a work in progress. To do basic things like change channels or search for an actor was more easily done on the current dish voice control. Trying to change channels is hit or miss and searching for things often brought up results from YouTube.

I got to be honest here while there is some real good things Google Assistant can do on the Hopper if you want the real Google Assistant go buy the $39 stand alone version.

Here is to hoping it gets better as time goes on.. and as I was told by the people at Google they will continue to work on things. There are something’s that the Hopper won’t be able to do and that is because of the hardware which was never designed to be a Google Assistant.

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Finally for this morning, I sat in on a panel of DISH Executives discussing DISH Wireless

DISH Wireless is something that Charlie has been working on and is betting the farm on, but for us SatelliteGuys we will be disappointed in for now... but that's not to say in a few years things won't be a whole lot more interesting and the world of possibilities will open up using DISH Wireless. You see the real issue here is that Charlie must launch a service that covers 70% of the US Population by the end of March next year... or he will lose the licenses that he paid BILLIONS for.

Generation one will be just a network to get them online to satisfy the requirements of the FCC, it won't really do much at first. But then next year when real 5G software is available DISH will upgrade their Network for 5G which will open a new world of opportunity for DISH. With 5G DISH working with other partners will be able to launch many 5G products which will bring in a new generation of things like sensors which can report their data back using minimal battery power. Unlike 4G which is an always on connection 5G will allow a device to connect when it needs to or when its programmed to, so certain battery powered devices such as ground moisture sensors can report home and be battery powered and those batteries can last upwards of 10 years.

Since this is a brand new network DISH can rent out space on their network to companies such as delivery companies who can then put in trackers and other things to track deliveries and the network would be run by the company itself.

The possibilities are endless. But it appears DISH does not want to be a phone company... they want to be a network provider. Now it does not seem they want to be an internet provider at this time... but who knows what the future holds, and because Charlie is such a good poker player I am sure he is holding some cards against his chest not to give away some of his ideas to the competition.

Let's put it this way... if Charlie did not think he could make money on it (lots of money) he wouldn't be investing in it.

They also briefly talked about a product called a Hopper Link which gets attached to the back on an antenna and is used by those without broadband or a phone line to report PPV purchases and have access to other DISH Interactive services.

Now with this said, no big presentations have been made yet. Tonights vision of the future event is at 5:45 pm, so we may here more announcements tonight or tomorrow at the general assembly.

In the next post I will post some pics including pics of the Hopper Link.

We have tonights event and still two more days of Team Summit, so while I think I have found most of the hidden Easter eggs, there may still be more to come. And of course we will let you know anything that is announced.

Again thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to be here. And while we raised a lot of money to go our expenses were not fully covered. If you would like to help out please consider becoming a Pub Member or donating at Donate

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The AIRTV Mini has no OTA tuners. (The Air TV Player you can use a off air tuner which is dual tuner)
Well since I would think that one of the main reasons for getting an AIR TV in the first place, WAS because of being able to do OTA thru it, that would DEFINITELY be another shortcoming I'd be adding to the list, for this new AIRTV Mini, over the current AIRTV player - just saying... ;) ;)
 

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I got to see the OTA meter in action.

I am told it will cost $119 however it will not be sold to consumers.

I told them about the interest here from our members so don’t be surprised if Wineguard makes a consumer model available.

What I saw was a non finished model and the tuning time was slow it took a few seconds for the meter readings to change after moving the antenna. But this is being worked on and they happen to have it near instantaneous at release.

The meter runs on 4 AA batteries which will power the unit for 4 hours. Results are shown on your Android or iOS device. The device uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone.

The unit will save a report of your tuned antenna.

While not finished it shows a lot of promise and since it is made by Winegard you can be sure it will be a quality product upon release.

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Just had a nice talk with Dish Co-Founder Jim Defranco.

In line (first in line of course) for tonight’s opening Speech with DISH CEO Erik Carlson.

Got to talk with Mr. Carlson earlier.

DISH has been really welcoming. Some have even mentioned they have been reading these updates.

Thanks for being here!


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