Dish Adds Google Assistant To Set-Top Boxes

Dish Adds Google Assistant To Set-Top Boxes

Launching at some point during the first half of 2018, you'll be able to control your Dish Network programming via Google Assistant through a Google Home speaker, Android device, and iPhone.

"We're pleased to be working with the Google Assistant to offer our customers the ability to control Hopper's video experiences through the Assistant on speakers and phones", said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. Google Assistant is going to add a host of new functionality to these set-top boxes. This marks the first time that DISH customers with a Hopper, Joey or Wally can use voice to control their TV in multiple languages, including English and Spanish.

Dish today announced that it's going to bring Google Assistant to its set-top boxes in the coming months.

The controls are pretty much what you'd expect - you can request specific channel names or numbers, find shows and movies by name or actor, fast forward, pause, resume and the like. It will work with all generations of Dish's Hopper DVR, all models of its Joey client, and its Wally single-tuner HD receiver. You can give it commands like "skip forward" and "Change channel to ESPN" too.

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