Dish has announced that Google Assistant is being built into its Hopper family of satellite receivers and DVRs. And those of you who are already Dish customers may be thinking, "Waitaminute, didn't this already happen last year?" Not quite. Back in July, Dish did add Google Assistant integration capabilities to the Hopper family, but that required you to already own a Google Assistant-capable device, like Google Home, which you could use to control your satellite experience.
This is a different thing. Google Assistant is now going to literally be built into the Hopper, and accessible via the Dish voice remote. So, you'll now be able to use your Dish voice remote, via your satellite box, to control lights and comfort control and all sorts of other capabilities enabled by the Google Assistant platform.
More info directly from Dish:
DISH today announced that it's building the Google Assistant into its Hopper family of receivers. In the coming months, customers will be able to use the DISH voice remote to ask the Assistant to control smart home devices, provide weather and news updates, display photos and more. This new integration builds on the DISH voice remote's existing ability to control the TV experience, including navigation, search and content selection.
Hopper with the Google Assistant built-in will join DISH's voice control technology suite, which includes its July 2018 integration with the Google Assistant that requires users to pair Hopper with a Google Assistant device, like speakers, phones and more, to control their TV.
"Our customers love the convenience of voice control, so we're expanding functionality to make it even more powerful," said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. "As a DISH subscriber, you will soon get the Google Assistant and all its incredible features - like adjusting your thermostat, managing your calendar or simply asking for the latest news - for free, right on your TV."
With the Google Assistant built-in on Hopper, customers will be able to use the DISH voice remote to ask the Assistant questions and see answers on the screen like the weather forecast or games scores. Users will also be able to control smart home devices, such as dimming the lights or adjusting the thermostat, and relive favorite memories by pulling up Google Photos on the TV screen - all with their voice.
Customers with a DISH voice remote and broadband-connected Hopper (all generations), Joey (all models) or Wally will have access to the Google Assistant. New DISH customers receive the voice remote with all Hopper family receivers at no extra cost; current customers without a voice remote can upgrade for $20.
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