DISH introduced new Amazon Alexa voice commands that give customers the ability to set recordings, launch apps and navigate menus on their Hopper family set-top boxes.
Examples of DISH’s new Alexa commands include:
“Alexa, record this” “Alexa, launch Netflix” “Alexa, go to my DVR”
This update enhances the Hands-Free TVTM experience by building on DISH’s existing Alexa voice functions, including the ability to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content.
“We are working to create the best Hands-Free TV options for our customers, and these new voice capabilities are an important step in that direction,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “DISH customers already love the convenience that our Alexa compatibility brings to their home, so we’re continuously identifying popular voice commands to enhance that experience.”
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.
This update builds on DISH’s existing Alexa voice functions, including the ability to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content, which were introduced in April 2017.