DISH Adds Amazon Fire TV, Alexa Hopper Control Integration

Debuts Hands-Free TV on Hopper DVR with Amazon Alexa
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Debuts Hands-Free TV on Hopper DVR with Amazon Alexa

DISH has extended its DISH Anywhere app experience to customers’ televisions through Amazon Fire TV products. In addition, DISH customers with a Hopper or

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Wally and an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap can now watch hands-free TV with Alexa.

DISH Anywhere gives Hopper customers the ability to watch any live and recorded content, plus thousands of on-demand titles, from any location on Internet-connected mobile devices.

“While DISH Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want—their DISH subscription on any TV at no extra cost,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “DISH Anywhere on Fire TV is an excellent value that further brings choice and flexibility to our customers’ television experience.”

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are the first media players to offer DISH Anywhere. DISH customers with an Internet-connected Hopper 3, Hopper 2, or a first-generation Hopper connected to a Sling Adapter have access to live, recorded, and on-demand content on DISH Anywhere. Customers with VIP receivers may use DISH Anywhere to watch on-demand titles.

Also released this week, 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.

“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.”