Today at CES in Las Vegas, DISH announced integration with Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot devices. You can ask and tell "Alexa" to change channels and more.
Announcing Alexa voice control for Hopper DVR
DISH is introducing a new Alexa skill that gives customers the ability to control their TV using voice commands. Pair a Hopper DVR (any generation) with an Alexa device like the Echo or Echo Dot. Examples of spoken commands include: “Alexa, go to CNN,” “Alexa, play the Warriors game,” and “Alexa, find Matt Damon movies.” DISH is the first TV provider to announce direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa. In my household, this will be a game changer.
Unveiling DISH Music
DISH unveiled DISH Music, a Hopper-driven feature powered by DTS Play-Fi that gives customers with a Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVR the ability to sync music throughout their home with one central control. Any room with a connected TV or compatible Play-Fi enabled speaker can become a whole-home sound system, bringing music to new locations throughout the house. DISH Music will be compatible with a wide variety of music services, including Pandora, iHeartRadio and Amazon, as well as personal libraries on mobile devices.
Optimized for Sling TV: Sling TV has launched its “Optimized for Sling TV” certification program, ensuring an optimal Sling TV experience across various streaming devices and platforms. The program recognizes devices and platforms that provide an exceptional Sling TV experience, like the new AirTV Player and Xiaomi’s Mi Box. For more information and criteria that qualify streaming devices for Optimized for Sling TV, see www.sling.com.