Sponsored Post – iPad Mini Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of DISH for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The following is a sponsored post for the DISH Network via IZEA. The sponsor of this post was pretty particular in how I worded things. Please forgive this commercial interruption. Just the same, the contest might be fun.

If you're the TV type, you've probably heard of Hopper from the DISH Network. They have been advertising quite a bit lately, and I honestly thought I knew all I needed to about what they offered. If you've ever had the one DVR but lots of people wanting to record shows problem, you know that Hopper lets you have a virtual DVR for every TV in any room. That's the part I had heard about. You know, record something in the living room but watch it in the kitchen and finish it off in the bedroom. It's called Whole-Home HD DVR Functionality.

Reminder: the sponsor wanted me to be really clear what each and every feature was called. 

But what I didn't know was that they had something called Hopper Transfers that lets you move stuff from the DVR to your iPad for travel. Thus, if you want to bring a bunch of your shows with you but don't want to pay for hotel wifi, for instance (not that DISH said to do this – I did), you could bring your Hopper shows with you. Pretty cool, I'd say. 

Another feature DISH has that I wasn't aware of was DISH ANYWHERE which is an app for Apple and Android, that lets you watch recorded OR live stuff whenever and wherever. I remember other technologies that allowed for this, but not as seamless as this all appears. 

Oh, and there's also an "AutoHop" feature to let you skip ads (though in my line of work, I record the ads and skip the TV). : ) 

There are other features, like you can record up to six prime time TV shows at the same time (this is called PrimeTime Anytime), even from one TV. I'm also told I can tell you that you can "Get the Hopper" free when you sign up with DISH (packages start at $24.99, and you get it free for 12 months with a 24 month commitment). 

If this sounds interesting, I encourage you to Learn more about the Hopper.


The full Contest Rules are here. You can win an iPad Mini (which lets you take DISH anywhere, as we've talked about above). How? Well, I'll give you some of the ways: 

  • Comment on this post and tell me which part of the commercial you liked. (See below) 
  • LIKE DISH on Facebook
  • Or you can tweet out a message and add #winDISHAnywhere as a hashtag, and then comment here with your email address and a link to that tweet. (Remember that links take a while to show up on my blog.) (Also, if you want, you can Follow DISH on Twitter ). 



May the Hopper be with you! 

Don't forget. This was a sponsored post for DISH Network on behalf of IZEA. They didn't exactly influence what I said. They just made sure I used very specific terms. 

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  • Steve Brogan

    I see know why all the trepidation. I was a former DISH customer before moving out to Vegas. Now? Absolutely no TV at all. If I did, it would have been the Hopper as I could not record enough stations at the same time. I was bummed out. Good luck with the contest. BTW, I’m using my iPad Mini to type out this comment. It hides under the covers (I’m supposed to be sleeping right now) very easily.

    • Steve Brogan

      “Now”, dammit.

      • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

        Hahaha! Go to bed. ; )

        • Steve “Poppy” Brogan

          I was in bed. :) Still am in bed.

    • Steve Brogan


  • Jeff

    “May the Hopper be with you!”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1621415455 Christina Bandy

    Hahaha… everything is mini! Pot “hot hot hot”, that was funny! I liked the whole thing but the mini nachos being hot cracked me up. deftones girly at g mail dot com

  • Sam Kong

    Haha, how would those guys enjoy all that mini food? It’s so small they can probably barely taste it. Also loved the entertainment center for the phone.

  • http://twitter.com/swoodruff Steve Woodruff

    This is a sponsored comment written by me in a time machine 60 years ago on behalf of RCA to promote their new-fangled invention, the TV.

    If you’re the radio type, you’re probably tired of staring at a box that talks to you but offers “nada” for your eyeballs. Well, now you can stare mindlessly at a bigger box that will parade images in front of you, with even dumber audio to accompany it. It’s called the Whole-Brain Television Set, and once you set it up, you’ll wonder how you lived ife without it…

    Another feature is that now, you can tune into THREE channels instead of one! The choices are mind-boggling! Stupid comedy on one channel, mindless gameshows on another; and, you can even set up your 8-mm movie camera to record shows you might have missed. BONUS – to top it all off, there’s an Indian Head Test Pattern for those late night bouts with insomnia.

    And now for the giveaway – your very own RCA-branded slide rule! More compact than an abacus, and even though you can’t fit it into a shirt pocket protector, you’ll still be the alpha geek in the neighborhood. Just pop a postcard in the U.S. mail and we’ll do a random drawing out of a big 55-gallon drum (once used to store depleted uranium from the Manhattan Project) to see who wins!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Fun to think about, actually. My first was black and white.

  • Lisa

    Loved the hot mini nachos!

  • http://stevegarfield.com Steve Garfield

    “and then comment here with your email address and a link to that tweet”

    Worst idea ever.

    No one should do this.

    NEVER post your email address on a web page. That lets spammers collect them.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Bingo, sir. I would never do it.

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  • Diane Horton

    And as usual Canadians can only press their noses up against the glass while continuing to pay exorbitant monthly fees and sigh “I wish”.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      I’m sorry, Diane. :(

  • http://twitter.com/heyheyman Ben Heyman

    Everything is mini. Very creative!

  • http://twitter.com/jeffachen Jeff Achen

    It thought it was funny that the two guys looked like the two least likely technology adopters, but the tiny everything was a nice touch.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      I thought the same thing. : )

  • http://twitter.com/marymcd Mary McD

    would love to catch up on all my shows while traveling – very cool.

    Loved the tiny entertainment center – my daughter’s Barbie has center envy now!

  • Martin James

    Money getting tight again?

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      It’s a pity. Your mom’s not paying as well as she used to.

  • http://pinsofwar.net/ Zweischneid

    Yeah for white socks in sandals. It’s a classic!

    Also liked it on facebook!

  • susantblake

    Ha ha ha – loved the mini entertainment center that made the phone look like a big screen tv…

  • http://twitter.com/leobottary leobottary

    I had not heard about Hopper before this post, and I’ve been a loyal DISH customer for about a decade now. DISH has always delivered great customer service! Thanks for sharing, Chris!

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Glad it worked for you. : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Chappell/100003361251172 Thomas Chappell

    I LOVE the little tiny entertainment center The second best part is the tiny food being hot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbsmile Barbara Smith Kelly

    LOL. My favorite part of the commercial is how everything is miniaturized. Too cute!

  • Shannon Michelle

    Great concept, the nachos piece was great. FB follower.

  • jenny

    teensy beers are adorable.

  • http://twitter.com/carriewriter carrie jaffe pickett

    Cute commercial and love the mini fridge. I am a DISH customer but had not heard of the Hopper, will look into it!

  • ericstarker

    Cute commercial – I like the tiny fridge and such. Although I’m not a sports fan at all so it’s a tough buy-in for me. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Katharine.K.Whiting.AZRealtor Katharine K. Whiting-Realtor

    “DISH ANYWHERE which is an app for Apple and Android, that lets
    watch recorded OR live stuff whenever and wherever” I like that there
    is an app!! I did not find the commercial entertaining or have a
    particular good appeal to use DISH. I do like their kangaroo –
    excellent choice of an icon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuckflagg Chuck Flagg

    I like the part where you said: “though in my line of work, I record the ads and skip the TV” the most!

  • Guest

    Love the little furniture throughout! Super cute!

  • Guest

    I love the little furniture throughout! Super cute! tiffduke@hotmail.com

  • Tiffiny Duke

    Loved the tiny furniture throughout! Super cute! tiffduke [at] hotmail [dot] com!

  • http://Zentivity.com/ Jim Krenz

    For me, the best part of the commercial was the animated kangaroo jumping over the logo.

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    I like the fact that they are acknowledging the number of people who are watching tv on their mobile. The mini items are cute too, although I don’t know how someone would open a beer can that small.

    Since they are giving away an iPad mini, I was expecting them to be watching tv on a mini. :)

  • Shannon S

    Cute! Tiny beers and all.

  • Shannon S

    I like Dish on FB

  • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

    I wouldn’t post MY email. That’s their rule. : )

  • Khushboo

    I have to say the ad is pretty cool esp the mini mini nachos!

  • Nicole Vosburgh

    Super cute! I love how they still love the food and beer even though it’s super tiny. mamavresale@yahoo.com

  • Nicole Vosburgh

    I like Dish on Facebook: Mama-Nikki Vosburgh

  • http://twitter.com/Byrdy1999 Byrdy

    love the mini beer

  • http://twitter.com/Byrdy1999 Byrdy

    liked dish on facebook Shannon Schleif

  • rsmc1

    I loved the “mini” everything! Cute.

  • rsmc1

    I like dish on fb- ria c

    • rsmc1

      trying to delete this comment

  • http://www.facebook.com/welindsey Wendy Elliott Lindsey

    Love the part of the video that states you can watch live tv from anywhere. I’m a news junkie, so would totally love this. Don’t own a phone or tablet that would accommodate such a privilege tho… one more reason to hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway.

    wendy2lindsey at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.facebook.com/welindsey Wendy Elliott Lindsey

    I “like” Dish on Facebook. Thanks again!

    wendy2lindsey at yahoo dot com

  • http://twitter.com/cdmtx65 Claudia

    mini fridge with mini beer – funny :)

  • http://twitter.com/cdmtx65 Claudia

    FB fan of Dish

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.canfield.16 Suzanne Canfield

    Liked Dish on FB, Suzanne Canfield

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.canfield.16 Suzanne Canfield

    I thought the tiny beers were cute!

  • http://twitter.com/SpringSteve Steve Spring

    I liked the part of the commercial where the nachos were ready and really hot! I also like the “AutoHop” feature!

  • JessieC

    Everything reclining is totally awesome, too hilarious

  • JessieC

    LIKE DISH on Facebook

  • http://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina Elena

    I liked the part where the mini nachos were hot hot hot

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

  • http://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina Elena

    I like DISH on Facebook as Elena Istomina