Dish Network has just released an iPad app that aims to help you answer the age-old question, “Anything good on TV right now?”

The app is called Dish Explorer. And perhaps the first thing you need to know about Dish Explorer is that it requires a Hopper.

The Hopper is a DVR specially designed for Dish. In fact, it is touted by the popular satellite TV service provider as “the most advanced Whole-Home HD DVR available.”

If you do have an Hopper, you also have to make sure that your iPad is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Hopper for Dish Explorer to work.

Essentially, Dish Explorer is a second-screen app that lets you discover new shows, engage with fans online, and control your Hopper using only your iPad.

Dish Explorer

Dish Explorer recommends programs to you based on the real-time viewership in your location or on the trending shows across social networking sites.

Speaking of “social,” the app also lets you access Twitter and Facebook feeds about shows that are currently airing. You can then participate in conversations with other fans who are also watching.

And through its most Hopper-y feature of all, you can use Dish Explorer to act as a remote control for your Hopper. This means that you can browse the Dish channel guide, your DVR library, and even the On Demand catalog using your iPad.

Compatible with iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, Dish Explorer is available now in the App Store for free.