Dish Network Finally Rolling Out Google Assistant to Control DVRs

Dish Network and Google Assistant

Way back in January of this year, Dish Network announce that Google Assistant would be coming to a range of DVRs for the satellite television provider.  At the time, they had indicated that the feature would roll out in the first half of the year to Hopper DVR (all generations), Joey client (all models), and the Wally single-tuner HD receiver.

Well, they missed it by a little bit but the feature has finally begun rolling out.  Today Google Assistant began arriving on both Hopper and Joey clients, allowing customers to use “Hey Google” to do things like change television stations and search for specific shows… but there is a catch.

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Dish Network to Bring Google Assistant to Customers in Early 2018

Dish Network and Google Assistant

Continuing the theme of this year’s CES, which is “Google Assistant all the things”, Dish Network has announced that Google’s AI assistant will be coming to customers in the first half of 2018.

“Throughout 2017, DISH took major strides toward building a suite of voice control options for our customers, including a new DISH voice remote,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “We’re pleased to be working with the Google Assistant to offer our customers the ability to control Hopper’s video experiences through the Assistant on speakers and phones.”

Assistant will be coming to three specific Dish devices:  Hopper DVR (all generations), Joey client (all models), and the Wally single-tuner HD receiver.  Users will be able to use Assistant when it is paired with a Google Home or their phone.

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