Dish Network subscribers could previously control their Hopper set-top boxes with commands from Amazon's Alexa, and more recently gained even more abilities, but now Dish is upping its support for voice assistants with Google Assistant.
While it was announced back in January, Dish's support for Assistant has finally gone live. All of Dish's Hopper set-top boxes, Joey clients and Wally single-tuner HD receivers all support Google Assistant.
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That means that you can use your Google Home device, Android phone or iPhone to control your TV. You can ask Google to change the channel, navigate menus, play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and search for TV shows and movies by channel, title, actor and genre.
You'll also be able to tell Google to record shows for you as well, so you can simply say, "Hey Google, record Game of Thrones on the Hopper" and you're good to go. This is unlike Dish's Alexa support, which launched with basic navigation features and only received the more advanced features in June 2018.
Also, thanks to Google Assistant's recent introduction of Spanish, it also means you can control your TV in multiple languages. So if you live in a bilingual household and more people are comfortable with Spanish than English, Google Assistant has got your back.