Dish customers will soon be able to pair their Hopper DVR with the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot in order to change channels just by speaking.
The company’s confident that it’ll arrive in the first half of the year. As long as Hopper is connected to the internet, you can use natural voice commands to go to individual channels or bring up movies on-demand by saying “go to AMC” or “Find The Walking Dead”. You can also search for content via genre or by star, simply by bellowing Matt Damon’s name.
At the same time, Dish is revealing Dish Music for playing music from various streaming services via the Hopper. If you have multiple DVRs in different rooms of your home hooked up to audio equipment (or your TV), then you can use them as a multi-room audio setup. The product’s compatible with audio services like iHeartRadio, Tidal, and Amazon Music. In addition, if your home theater speakers are DTS Play-Fi enabled, then they’re instantly compatible with the new offering. If you own a Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVR, then you’ll be able to access the new feature at some point next month.