DISH has started to roll out a software update on the company’s Hopper family receivers that will enable customers to access Google Assistant via the DISH voice remote without incurring an additional cost.
Users will now be able to use the DISH voice remote to ask Google Assistant questions related to what’s showing now, researching nearby restaurants, viewing photos and controlling smart devices etc., which add to the features already available on the DISH voice remote (such as navigation and channel selection).
The company is also introducing a new Google-branded DISH remote. By pressing the Google voice button, commands can be spoken to activate the Assistant and existing remotes will support this new feature.
“Our customers have enthusiastically embraced voice control technology as a key part of their TV experience, so we wanted to find a way to provide even more value and entertainment with the introduction of the Google Assistant on Hopper family receivers,” said Rob Sadler, DISH director of product development. “With this update, we’ve expanded functionality to allow customers to not just control their Hopper, but to ask questions, get answers and control their smart home all through their remote.”
DISH customers can use the voice remote to find out weather or game scores and then be able to see answers on-screen. There’s also an ability to control the DISH TV ecosystem, manage smart home devices (dimming lights, adjusting thermostat), or pull up photos.
Additionally, those who have a DISH voice remote and a broadband-connected Hopper (all generations), Joey (all models) or Wally can access Google Assistant once they receive the software update. New customers and existing DISH customers without a voice remote can visit this link to check eligibility for a free Google-branded voice remote.
To learn more on the DISH integration with Google Assistant, click here.