Dish Adds Google Assistant To Control Dish TV Programming


Dish Network is adding a new integration with Google Assistant, allowing subscribers to watch their favorite television shows, without having to press a button.

When the technology is launched later this year, users will need an internet-connected Hopper DVR, Joey client, or Wally HD receiver so they can use Google Assistant to control their TV when connected to Google Home or smartphone.

What voice controls come with Google Assistant? Voice controls such as play, pause, fast-forward, or rewind, and change channels are expected, in addition to searching content by favorite channel, title, actor or a specific genre. Making it much easier to tune into popular channels such as Disney, ESPN, Food Network, or History Channel.

Below are some other commands users will be able to ask Google Assistant:

        "Change channel to ESPN
        "Tune to channel 130"
        "Go to the History Channel"

        "Find the Big Bang Theory"
"Search for Game of Thrones"
"Search for home improvement shows"
"Show me Tom Hanks movies"
"Play This is Us"
"Skip forward"
"Rewind 30 seconds"

It's just like using Google Assistant on the Android phone or tablet but for the TV. All users have to say is "OK Google," followed by a question. A good example, if users want to watch Game of Thrones, they would simply say "OK Google, search for Game of Thrones" and before they know it, Google Assistant will show the latest episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones.

Now, the company offers a way for those who speak multiple languages to enjoy Google Assistant with Dish.

"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," the company wrote in a press release.

This isn't the first time the satellite provider wanted to enhance the way their customers interact with the technology they use in their home every day. Just last year, the TV provider introduced a new Voice Remote, along with adding Amazon Alexa support to its receivers.

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