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Dish is getting Google Assistant voice control soon

11 January 2018

Dish equipment including Dish's Hopper, Joey and Wally set-top boxes can already be controlled via Amazon Alexa.

Dish announced today that it has been working on integrating Google Home and Google Assistant into its TV service, fleshing out the options for controlling a TV with your voice.

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Alexa users will be able to control their TiVo with a new TiVo skill for Alexa, which will listen for specific voice commands like Select, Play, and Record. Your voice becomes a TiVo remote, but it won't be a TiVo Vox remote (the new microphone-equipped remote TiVo released last year). "They make it easy to watch YouTube videos, enjoy personal photos, follow recipes, control smart home devices and more", said Chris Turkstra, Director, Google Assistant.

It has Chromecast functionality built in so you can cast to it from other devices.

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Regardless of who wins when the dust settles, whether you say "Hey Google" or "Alexa", the key takeaway from the showing of digital assistant-driven devices at this year's CES 2018 goes to show that we will soon be talking to our devices even more from here on.

Dish doesn't want its customers to concern themselves as much with a lost TV remote, as the company has announced that it will be adding Google Assistant capabilities in the coming months. It will work with all generations of Dish's Hopper DVR, all models of its Joey client, and its Wally single-tuner HD receiver.

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The world's largest search company is not going to let the world's largest online retail website win the voice-enabled home-assistant war without a big fight.

Dish is getting Google Assistant voice control soon