DISH customers can now enjoy bossing their TV around with the help of their Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa before any other pay-TV provider! A new DISH update also enhances the Hands-Free TV™ experience, building on DISH’s existing Alexa voice functions, including the ability to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content.
In April 2017, DISH became the first pay-TV provider to offer direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa and they continue to be the first to provide their customers with new experiences, capabilities, and industry-leading customer service!
DISH And Google Assistant
DISH customers with a Hopper, Hopper Duo, Joey or Wally can control their TV using just their voice when paired with an Assistant device, like Google Home, Android phones or iPhones.
“Since we first introduced voice control technology, we’ve seen our customers really embrace the hands-free TV experience,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “Our collaboration with Google is an exciting opportunity for us to continue meeting demand for voice and changing the way we interact with television.”
“We want to make it easy and fun for people to turn their living room into a smart entertainment center with the Assistant,” said Michele Turner, Sr. Director, Google Smart Home Ecosystem. “By working closely with DISH, we’ll ensure that customers can easily control their TVs through the Assistant, instead of searching for or having to share the remote.”
Ask the Google Assistant for Hands-Free TV on DISH
Customers can ask the Assistant to set recordings, adjust volume and launch apps like Game Finder, Netflix and Pandora. Customers can also use the Assistant to navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content based on channel, title, actor or genre. When using search functionality, the results displayed include DISH’s live, recorded and on-demand titles, as well as Netflix’s selection of TV shows and movies.
Below are examples of spoken commands you can ask the Assistant:
• “Turn on my Hopper”
• “Mute my Hopper”
• “Change the channel to ESPN”
• “Tune to channel 140”
• “Go to Food Network”
• “Show me Big Bang Theory”
• “Show me home improvement shows”
• “Record Game of Thrones on Hopper”
• “Show me Tom Hanks movies”
• “Play This is Us”
• “Play Top Gun on DISH”
• “Launch Netflix on Hopper”
• “Open Game Finder on Hopper”
• “Skip forward on Joey”
• “Rewind 30 seconds”
• “Pause” and “Resume”
Spanish-language support will be coming soon.
Setting up the Google Assistant on DISH
DISH customers with a broadband-connected Hopper DVR (all generations), Hopper Duo, Joey (all models) or Wally can use the Google Assistant to control their TV when paired with the Assistant on devices like Google Home, Android phones or iPhones. To set this up, users must download the Google Assistant app on a mobile device.
For more information about the Google Assistant on DISH set-top boxes, including possible commands and step-by-step set-up instructions, visit DISH’s Google Assistant integration page.
DISH’s Alexa capabilities
DISH customers can ask Alexa to navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content based on channel, title, actor or genre. With DISH’s newest update, customers can also use Alexa to set recordings, launch apps like Game Finder, Netflix, Pandora and YouTube, and easily access the Home, Guide, DVR, On Demand, Settings and Help menus.
Examples of DISH’s new Alexa commands include:
- “Alexa, record this”
- “Alexa, launch Netflix”
- “Alexa, open Game Finder”
- “Alexa, go to my Home Screen”
- “Alexa, go to my DVR”
All DISH customers with an internet-connected Hopper DVR (all generations), Hopper Duo, Joey (all models) or Wally can ask Alexa to control their TV content after pairing with an Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Fire TV Cube or another Alexa-enabled device. Each DISH set-top box must be paired with its own Alexa device.
For more information about the Alexa integration with DISH, including possible commands and set-up instructions, visit www.dish.com/AmazonAlexaIntegration.