DISH Debuts Hands-Free TV on Hopper DVR with Amazon Alexa
DISH first TV provider to offer direct compatibility with Amazon
Available today on Hopper and Wally set-tops paired with Amazon
Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
DISH is changing the way that people watch TV with Amazon Alexa.
Available today, DISH customers with a Hopper or Wally and an Amazon
Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap can watch hands-free TV with Alexa. DISH is
the first TV provider to offer direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa.
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Amazon Alexa now available on DISH's Hopper DVR. (Photo: Business Wire)
"Hopper and Alexa introduce next-level convenience that redefines the
way TV fits into our lives," said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of
product management. "Instantly, it's easier to read player stats on your
phone while flipping between basketball games; to chop ingredients in
the kitchen while rewinding a TV scene you just missed; to snack on
popcorn while searching for your favorite film - the list goes on."
"Customers love the convenience of interacting with their smart homes
via Alexa, and now that includes live TV on DISH," said Rob Pulciani,
Director Amazon Alexa. "With DISH's skill for Alexa, changing the
channel, pausing, rewinding and searching for content will be as simple
as asking Alexa via an Echo family device. We think this is a big step
forward for the television experience, and that customers will love this
new voice functionality on DISH."
Just ask Alexa for hands-free TV on DISH
Users with an internet-connected Hopper (any generation) or Wally can
ask Alexa to navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search
content based on channel, title, actor or genre. Universal search
functionality works across DISH's live, recorded and on-demand titles as
well as Netflix's selection of TV shows and movies. Below are examples
of spoken commands.
"Alexa, change channel to ESPN"
"Alexa, tune to channel 130"
"Alexa, go to the History Channel"
"Alexa, find the Big Bang Theory"
"Alexa, search for Game of Thrones"
"Alexa, show me Tom Hanks movies"
"Alexa, search for comedies"
"Alexa, play This is Us"
"Alexa, skip forward"
"Alexa, rewind 30 seconds"
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 Skill.
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 Hopper or Wally with Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap: In the Alexa
app, select desired Hopper or Wally receiver from list of discoverable
devices. Click Continue. Select Amazon device to be synced with
chosen receiver. Click Link Devices.
For more information about Alexa on DISH's Hopper and Wally, including
possible commands and additional set-up instructions, visit www.dish.com/AmazonAlexaIntegration.
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides
approximately 13.528 million pay-TV subscribers, as of March 31, 2017,
with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most
choices at the best value. DISH offers a high definition line-up with
more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels and
award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a
Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.
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Chelsea Satkowiak, 303-514-6214
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