Amazon Alexa voice control coming soon to Hopper DVR

Every January at CES, tech enthusiasts and experts alike make annual predictions about key technology and gadgetry trends that will dominate the year to come. When looking at 2017, it’s clear that voice control will continue to shine.

Over the last five years, there’s been an explosion of speech recognition apps and devices that let us surf the Internet, text, play music and turn on lights, using only our voice. The speed and accuracy of this technology is constantly improving, and now, more than ever, it’s changing how we work and play.

It’s no secret that one of our primary goals at DISH is to simplify TV entertainment. And it doesn’t get much simpler than asking your TV to record the latest season of “Walking Dead” or tune to your alma mater’s football game. So last year, we first incorporated speech recognition into our service with the introduction of our Voice Remote. Roughly half the size of a traditional remote control, this device interprets natural language to search and control basic functions on your Hopper and Joey receivers. Just hold down the voice control button (pictured below), and say what you want to watch.

This year, we’re taking our voice remote capabilities a big step further by delivering Amazon’s Alexa voice control on any Hopper DVR. Using an Alexa-enabled device, you’ll be able to ask Alexa to change the channel or find your favorite movie, even with your hands full. Keep hold of your phone and snacks while you’re watching TV, and ask Alexa to do the work for you. It’s a multitasker’s dream.

In the first half of this year, you can expect to navigate, search and quick play TV content with Alexa based on channel, title, actor and genre. Here are some examples of the things you can say:

·         “Go to ESPN” ·         “Show me football games”
·         “Tune to AMC” ·         “Play the Warriors game”
·         “Change the channel to NBC” ·         “Watch Game of Thrones season 1, episode 2”
·         “Turn on channel 200” ·         “Find Matt Damon movies”
·         “Find The Voice ·         “Find comedy movies”

To learn more, check out our news release. If you’re in Las Vegas this week for CES 2017, stop by DISH’s booth (#11421) to see a demo of Hopper’s Alexa integration.