Dish announces Voice Remote to Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers

Today, Dish added the option of Voice Remote to Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers for just $30. The remote, which is similar in looks to a typical Dish remote, gives customers the ability to navigate, search and pick programming by voice and spoken commands. The remote is slick and feels good in the palm of your hands. It also offers the options of a clickable typepad and backlighting.

“Voice Remote is simple to use, affordable and, most impressively, operates with incredible speed and accuracy,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer. “Leveraging modern navigation paradigms like touch and voice, this remote represents a complete reinvention of the outdated remote control customers have come to expect from cable providers.”

Users are free to use this remote much like a smartphone. It is designed to interpret natural language, populating search results based on program title, actor or genre, and building contextual searches to narrow options, as desired. It also utilizes voice commands to control basic functions of the receiver, including recording and changing channels. Voice Remote features two touchpad modes: default displays a blank touchpad allowing navigation tasks, while the numeric mode illuminates a keypad when channel or password entry is preferred. It can also serve as a universal remote, Voice Remote can control up to two IR devices (TV/AUX models). New and existing Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers can purchase Voice Remote for $30 by calling 1-800-333-DISH or visiting here..