Dish is getting more 4K content for its latest generation of Hopper set-top boxes, courtesy of Netflix: The streaming service will start to deliver shows like “Daredevil” and “House of Cards” in 4K through its app on the Hopper 3, Dish announced Friday.
Dish’s Hopper 3 joins the Roku 4, Nvidia Shield, TiVo’s Bolt and Amazon’s latest Fire TV as set-top devices capable of playing Netflix 4K content. The streaming service is also delivering 4K videos to smart TVs from a number of manufacturers, including Hisense, TCL, Sony, LG and Samsung.
Still, 4K Netflix streams on the Hopper are notable, if only for the fact that the cooperation between the two companies gives Dish another avenue to deliver ultra-high resolution content to its customers. Pay TV operators have been slow to add 4K content to their line-up, in part because of the lack of networks broadcasting in 4K.
Dish was one of the first U.S. pay TV companies to team up with Netflix, adding an app to its Hopper at the end of 2014. Others have been less amicable towards the streaming company. Comcast, for example, still hasn’t added Netflix to its X1 cable box.
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Netflix first introduced 4K streaming in 2014, and has slowly been growing its 4K content slate. By the end of this year, the streaming service aims to have around 600 hours of 4K programming available for streaming. However, consumers will have to pay extra to get use of their 4K TVs while streaming Netflix: Only subscribers who have opted for the $12 a month premium plan get to see titles in ultra-high definition.