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The call of voice-activated service in TV gets louder with US TV provider DISH announcing that it’s building the Google Assistant into its Hopper family of receivers.

hopper 30 sept 2017In the coming months, customers using Hopper, Joey and Wally set-top boxes will be able to use the DISH voice remote to ask the Google Assistant questions and see answers on the screen like the weather forecast or games scores. It can also be used to control smart home devices and provide weather and news updates. This new integration builds on the DISH voice remote’s existing ability to control the TV experience, including navigation, search and content selection.

Hopper with the Google Assistant built-in will join DISH’s voice control technology suite, which includes its July 2018 integration with the Google Assistant that requires users to pair Hopper with a Google Assistant device, like speakers, phones and more, to control their TV.

“Our customers love the convenience of voice control, so we’re expanding functionality to make it even more powerful,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “As a DISH subscriber, you will soon get the Google Assistant and all its incredible features – like adjusting your thermostat, managing your calendar or simply asking for the latest news – for free, right on your TV.”