Google Assistant is coming to Dish Network this year
If it seems like the Google Assistant is everywhere, that's kind of because it is. CES 2018 has been home to numerous product launches that features some sort of Assistant integration, and now Dish Network has announced (opens in new tab) that it'll be joining the Google Assistant bandwagon.
Launching at some point during the first half of 2018, you'll be able to control your Dish Network programming via Google Assistant through a Google Home speaker, Android device, and iPhone. Dish customers will need either a Hopper, Joey, or Wally box to use this feature, and supported languages currently include English and Spanish.
As you'd expect, Google Assistant integration with Dish Network lets you issue a variety of commands for controlling your media playback. After first saying "Hey, Google" or "Ok, Google", you can say things such as "Change the channel to Food Network", "Skip forward", "Pause", "Search for home improvement shows", etc.
This announcement comes just a couple months after Dish launched its all-new voice remote (opens in new tab), and while customers will still be able to use this if they wish, issuing commands at your phone or smart speaker is much more convenient than first having to figure out where in the couch your remote is hiding.
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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.
Makes sense as the Google Assistant is a lot easier to use as supports natural language versus the commands required by Alexa.
You must not use alexa. You don't have a phucking clue
Any word on when this will be available?
That's awesome!! Can't wait to ditch my remote completely.
"If it seems like the Google Assistant is everywhere, that's kind of because it is. " That's - kind of - NOT the case. If you speak: English French German Italian Japanese Korean Portuguese or Spanish then you're in luck. If not, then you're not invited to the party. Ditto for the Google Home speakers.