How to Pair Bluetooth Stereo Headphones With the Dish Hopper
Bluetooth Pairing On the Hopper Is Easy!
Personally, I use the Bluetooth pairing feature of my Hopper with Sling around the house while working out in the living room listening to Pandora or one of the Sirius XM stations on Dish. Those who are hard of hearing but can't watch TV at an acceptable volume for others could make use of Bluetooth headphones to still be able to hear without annoying or driving others insane or disturbing their spouse while they're sleeping due to noise from the TV.
I will guide you through step by step to pair your Bluetooth headphones or hearing aid with your Hopper.
Update 12/8/2014: Rumor has it that there will be a Bluetooth adapter module coming in the next few months that will allow Joey receivers, and likely the Super Joey receiver to also make use of Bluetooth headphones for ease of listening. More details will be posted here once official word is available on release dates and pricing!
What You'll Need:
1 - Hopper or Hopper with Sling
1 - Bluetooth stereo headphones or hearing aid
Optional – One 12 year old grandchild
Bluetooth Setup On A Hopper (With Pictures!)
Directions For Pairing A Bluetooth Device To A Hopper
1. Press and release the MENU button on the upper left of your Dish remote control, located just below the SAT button.
2. From the Hopper Main Menu, use the arrow buttons on your remote to move the on-screen cursor to the SETTINGS icon (indicated by the picture of a gear) and press the SELECT button.
3. From the Settings menu, scroll (using your arrows on the remote) to the Bluetooth icon (indicated by the Bluetooth symbol) and press SELECT.
4. Ensure that Bluetooth is turned on on your Hopper by looking at the bottom-right of the Bluetooth screen to see that there is a GREEN circle to the left of the word ON.
5. Put your Bluetooth enabled device into pairing mode (refer to the manufacturers instructions for your device).
6. On the Bluetooth page on your Hopper use the arrows on your remote to place the cursor on the FIND DEVICES option and press SELECT. The Hopper will now scan for any available Bluetooth enabled device.
7. If you receive a popup message asking for the passcode for your device. For some devices, it may be a default of 0000, 1234, etc...check with your device manufacturer's instructions to verify.
8. If your pairing code is accepted, your device will show as Paired-Connected and the audio for what you are watching will then be streamed to your device.
Hopper Users Survey
Do you or would you make use of the Bluetooth connectivity feature of your Hopper or Hopper with Sling?
Keep in mind that when your Bluetooth headphones or hearing aid device connects, it won't disable the audio from the Hopper to your television, so if you intend to use your Bluetooth device to avoid disturbing others, you will still want to use the MUTE button on your Dish remote (located below the MENU button we pressed earlier on your remote) or turn the volume down to 0.
This feature is currently (see update above in first section) only available on a Hopper or Hopper with Sling, Joey receivers DO NOT have this functionality and as such cannot have a Bluetooth device paired with them for audio at the present time.
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