New Features on DISH’s Hopper

Our family has been enjoying DISH for a while now, and I have to say that it’s the best television service we’ve ever had. There are SO MANY features on it, especially on the Hopper DVR, that we haven’t even used them all!

This week they’ve rolled out new software with three new features that I want to share with you.

First, Watch From the Beginning.

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This might be the best thing that’s happened to televisions since the remote control. The name pretty much says it all – you can watch a show from the beginning, even if you turned the tv on when the show was halfway over.

Game changer.

Secondly, Binge-Watching Made Easier.

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Now, I am not the binge watcher in our household, but there are a couple of them who live with me. Not naming any names, but they rhyme with Handy and Late. Hopper’s new feature will make their habits even easier, because now when they finish watching a DVR’d or on-demand episode, a pop up screen will show four subsequent episodes in the series that are available. “Just one more…”

Finally, Closed Captioning can now be turned on with the touch of a button.

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CC is generally hidden somewhere in the settings menu, making it a challenge to remember how to turn it off and on. Now, all we have to do is press the green button on our Hopper remote.

For more information on DISH and Hopper, visit them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

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Speaking of Things Jenny’s Obsessed With…

I’ve known Jenny for going on 36 years now, and during that time, I’ve seen her become obsessed with many things.

Many, many things.

Cabbage Patch Kids. Debbie Gibson. Happy Gilmore. Jones Soda. Healing Garden bath products.

You’ve seen it too, on this little blog of ours.

Coupons. CVS. Mary Kay. Lands’ End. Make up. Selfies.

Most recently, Serial.

The problem is that she’s so dang enthusiastic about these things that the obsession starts to rub off on people around her. And by people, I mean me.

When she started talking about essential oils, I should have tuned her out! I mean, you’d think I would be good at that by now.

But no, I listened to her.

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And I am the slightest bit intrigued. Actually, I am going to a class to learn about them tonight and I spent the better part of Sunday evening pinning all kinds of nonsense about them and how they’ll cure whatever ails ya.

There’s a sucker born every minute.

Before I go drop tons of cash on snake oil, as I like to refer to it, tell me – have any of you (besides Jenny) used them with success?

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I’m Cuckoo But It’s Not for Cocoa Puffs

Though I literally have zero free time these days, I have somehow made a wee bit of time for a new obsession. A podcast of all things.

I have never before listened to a podcast. But then my cousin Anna casually mentioned to me that she was addicted to Serial from This American Life. It’s a podcast where one story is told in a series of shorter weekly episodes. The subject: one of my fave things, a CRIME CASE! It’s the story of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland when they were both 17 in 1999. Serial is dedicated to figuring out whether or not he really did it.

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And it’s awesome. It’s R-I-V-E-T-I-N-G.

I’m totally addicted. There are currently 10 episodes, a new one coming out every Thursday.  Even though when I started listening they were already 6 episodes in, I caught up really quickly, listening with my earphones in while I worked in coffee shops. When they took a break for Thanksgiving, I waited in agony for a new episode! As always, it was worth the wait, and as always, it leaves you wanting moooooore at the end.

I love it. So does everyone else, apparently. There are Reddit threads and people tweeting up a storm about it and basically…no one can get enough of SERIAL!

(This pic will only be funny if you are addicted to Serial. I think it’s hilarious!)

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Are you listening in? Let’s TALK ABOUT IT in the comments!!! Not addicted to this Serial yet? Get on it…..go listen for free at Serialpodcast.org!

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