Get whole-home Hands-Free TV™ with DISH and Amazon Alexa!

Gone are the days of simultaneously juggling popcorn and your remote control while browsing for a movie to watch. Ever since DISH launched support for Amazon Alexa voice control on our Hopper DVR in April 2017, you no longer have to set down your snacks to channel surf – just ask Alexa to do it for you!

Today we’re taking Hands-Free TVTM to the next level by extending DISH’s support of Alexa to all Joey clients. This means that DISH customers can now use Alexa to control all TVs in the Hopper whole-home ecosystem by pairing each set-top box with an Amazon Echo, Echo Show, or Echo Dot.

Remember Joeys? They’re the small receivers that extend TV functionality to rooms throughout your home, when connected to the Hopper system. For example, if you have a Hopper connected to the TV in your living room, the Joeys connect to any additional TV throughout your home, like in your bedroom, office, game room or kitchen. And if you have Hopper 3, it can support up to six Joeys, meaning you can now ask Alexa to control as many as seven TVs!

Ask Alexa for Hands-Free TV on DISH

Alexa can navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content based on channel, title, actor, genre or sports team. When you search, Alexa will look for programs across all of DISH’s live, recorded and on-demand titles, as well as Netflix’s selection of TV shows and movies. Simply ask Alexa to do things like:

  • “Alexa, change channel to TNT”
  • “Alexa, tune to channel 120”
  • “Alexa, go to Discovery Channel”
  • “Alexa, find The Voice”
  • “Alexa, search for House Hunters”
  • “Alexa, show me Will Smith movies”


  • “Alexa, search for dramas”
  • “Alexa, play This is Us”
  • “Alexa, skip forward”
  • “Alexa, rewind 15 seconds”
  • “Alexa, pause”
  • “Alexa, resume”


How to set-up Alexa on DISH

  1. Enable DISH TV in the Alexa app: Open the Alexa app on a mobile device and select Music, Video & Books > DISH TV > Enable. If the DISH TV skill is already enabled from previous use, select Settings > Manage in TV and Video > Manage and Link Devices from the Alexa app, and proceed to step 3.
  2. Get receiver code: Turn on internet-connected Hopper or Wally, and go to Menu > Settings > Amazon Alexa > Get Code. Enter the generated code into the Alexa app and select Activate. Click Done in the confirmation message.
  3. Pair set-top box with Amazon Echo, Echo Show or Echo Dot: In the Alexa app, select desired Hopper, Wally or Joey receiver from list of discoverable devices. Click Continue. Select Echo device to be synced with chosen receiver. Click Link Devices. Repeat this step for all set-top boxes to be paired with Echo

For more information about whole-home Alexa on DISH, including possible commands and additional set-up instructions, visit