New Dish box sends TV shows 'hopping' to iPad

LAS VEGAS - Last year, Dish revealed a new set-top box called Hopper that can send the TV signal "hopping" from room to room, covering all the TVs in the house.

This year, it's upgrading the Hopper so that it follows you wherever you go -- even outside the house.

The new box revealed Monday can transfer stored TV shows or movies to an iPad for viewing any time, even when there's no Internet connection.

Dish Network Corp. is the first cable or satellite company to offer such a feature. It could raise eyebrows in Hollywood and among the TV networks that supply the satellite broadcaster with programming.

Dish says the new Hopper will be available later this year.

As usual, the box will be free with a two-year contract.

Dish is based in Douglas County, Colo.

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