Dish today announced that it’s going to bring Google Assistant to its set-top boxes in the coming months. This is going to be the first time that its customers with a Hopper, Joey or Wally set-top box can control their TV using voice commands in multiple languages, including English and Spanish. Google Assistant is going to add a host of new functionality to these set-top boxes.
Dish has been building new voice control options for its customers over the past year. This included the launch of a new Dish voice remote as well. It’s now going to bring Google Assistant to enable its customers to control the video experience through Assistant on smartphones and smart speakers.
Customers who have a broadband-connected Hopper DVR (all generations), Joey client (all models) or a Wally single-tuner HD receiver will be able to use voice commands to control their TV once paired with the Assistant on smartphones or speakers like Google Home.
Google Assistant will let them navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and search TV content based on title, actor, channel, and genre. They can give it commands like “skip forward” and “Change channel to ESPN.”
Dish is yet to confirm precisely when this functionality is going to arrive. It has only said that Google Assistant will be rolled out for its set-top boxes “in the coming months.”