DISH activates Google Assistant on Hopper receivers

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.

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  1. “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.”

    I must be an odd ball then because I have no interest in voice control technology for any reason. Especially with what we know about Google and Amazon assistants already. There is just to much uncertainty in how much of our conversations that are being recorded and stored it is like having a spy device in our homes. I know the remote has a button to activate the voice function but can it pick up on things without the button being pressed? It is kinda cool to be able to turn channels by voice but other than that I have no interest in voice enabled devices. I know there is a good percentage of people that do not trust Google and Amazon assistants so this rather positive opinion from Dish is funny.

  2. “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.”

    I must be an odd ball then because I have no interest in voice control technology for any reason. Especially with what we know about Google and Amazon assistants already. There is just to much uncertainty in how much of our conversations that are being recorded and stored it is like having a spy device in our homes. I know the remote has a button to activate the voice function but can it pick up on things without the button being pressed? It is kinda cool to be able to turn channels by voice but other than that I have no interest in voice enabled devices. I know there is a good percentage of people that do not trust Google and Amazon assistants so this rather positive opinion from Dish is funny. People need to realize there is a level of privacy they are giving up when they chose the convenience of these kind of devices. The same thing goes for wi-fi devices that make it easier for other to gain access to there internal networks or gaining access with no signs of forced entry.

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