today announced plans to integrate Control4
home automation technology with its Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR system. As a result, the Hopper platform will soon be controlled by the Control4 system commonly found both in high-end and mainstream home automation installations. Dish will implement Control4's Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), making it even easier for automation installers to fully integrate the capabilities of the Dish Hopper receiver and service.
"Working with a home automation leader like Control4 is only the first step, and it's also the direct result of our decision announced in July to open the Hopper platform and its capabilities to more companies. Our decision to work with industry leaders in the home automation industry ensures that automation systems have the ability to control the Hopper over an Internet Protocol network," said Vivek Khemka, DISH Senior Vice President of Product Management.
Among the key features of DISH's "Second Screen" API available for use by home automation systems are third-party device pairing for home automation remotes that can emulate a DISH remote control key press; access to key system settings and Electronic Program Guide queries for the current program as well as details of a particular event; channel changing including tuning and usage information on all Hopper tuners, DVR commands to search recorded content and list DVR information, start and stop playback, schedule recordings, and fully access unique Hopper features such as PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop; plus the ability to purchase Pay-Per-View and On-Demand content.
A timetable for public rollout has not been made available. The first public showing of the technology will be at the CEDIA industry exposition this week.