DISH Network is often on the cutting edge of technology and has come up with some truly revolutionary products over the years—including the Hopper3 DVR and HopperGO portable device. Now the satellite television and internet provider is making these products even better by embracing the future and integrating cutting edge tech from other companies into their existing hardware. DISH recently announced that it would allow its Hopper DVR line to work with Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot, Alexa devices that utilize hands-free, voice-controlled technology.
Rob Pulciani, director for Amazon Alexa, proclaimed his company’s enthusiasm surrounding this partnership in a press release:
“Amazon is excited to be working with DISH to develop an Alexa skill that offers a hands-free television experience, expanding the ways that our customers can use Alexa devices like Amazon Echo to make their lives easier. You no longer have to set down your popcorn to change the channel, or spend time searching for what channel the game is on – just ask Alexa to do it for you.”
DISH subscribers who have a broadband-connected Hopper device and an Echo product can simply task Alexa to put something on with wide range of voice commands. These range from a simple channel request, such as “Turn on ESPN”, to helping you find a program that you may not even know what channel it is airing on or could be on multiple networks at any time—for example “Show me football games” would work. Basically, ask Alexa for a channel, title, actor or genre and you will get exactly what you need.
Alexa can handle all navigation, search and quick play functions much faster than it would take for a user to operate a traditional remote. This voice computing and controlling is exciting, futuristic technology that will greatly improve the viewing experience for DISH subscribers. No longer will you need to fumble with the remote or waste time and miss parts of a program while searching for it—just ask Alexa and you will find it.
If you want to be experience this incredible new technology, just pick up an Alexa product and give PES Dish a call today. With their renowned next-day installation services, you can have Alexa smoothly operating your DISH satellite television experience as soon as tomorrow.