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DISH Allows Customers Access to Google Assistant

DISH activates The Google Assistant on Hopper receivers; debuts new Google-branded voice remote.

DISH has begun rolling out a software update on the company’s Hopper family receivers that allows customers to access the Google Assistant via the DISH voice remote at no additional cost. Customers can use the DISH voice remote to ask the Assistant questions related to what they’re watching, as well as receive weather updates, find nearby restaurants, view photos on the screen, control smart home devices, and more.

To complement this new integration, the company also debuted a new Google-branded DISH voice remote. With a Google-branded voice button, users can speak commands into the remote to activate the Assistant. Existing DISH voice remotes also support the integration.

DISH customers can use the DISH voice remote to ask the Assistant general questions such as weather forecasts or game scores and see answers on the screen. Customers can also control their DISH TV experience; manage their smart home devices, including dimming the lights or adjusting the thermostat; and relive favorite memories from Google Photos. Verbal and visual responses are integrated into the existing DISH voice control experience across all Hopper family receivers using cloud-rendering technology from TVersity.

Customers with a DISH voice remote and a broadband-connected Hopper (all generations), Joey (all models), or Wally can access the Google Assistant once they receive the software update. New customers and existing DISH customers without a voice remote can visit to check their eligibility for a free Google-branded voice remote.

To learn more about DISH’s new integration with the Google Assistant on Hopper receivers, visit