Google Assistant voice control coming to TV services

Users will be able to control their HD receivers with their voice after the device is paired with the Google Assistant-enabled device such as Google Home speakers or Android handsets.

    Google Assistant has been the talk of the town at CES 2018. Well, many manufacturers did announce some form of integration of their products with the virtual assistant, Besides, the search company has reportedly partnered with 15 companies to make new products featuring its technology.

    Google Assistant voice control coming to TV services

    Having said that, direct-broadcast satellite service provider DISH has also announced that it is now working on integrating Google Home and Google Assistant into its TV service. "We're pleased to be working with the Google Assistant to offer our customers the ability to control Hopper's video experiences through the Assistant on speakers and phones," Niraj Desai, Vice President of Product Management, DISH, has written in a blog post.

    However, previously in May 2017, DISH had added Alexa voice control to its services. It seems Google is getting the attention now. As for further details, the company's press release states that the feature will arrive on the company's all generations of Hopper Digital Video Recorder (DVR), Joey client and Wally single-tuner HD receiver at an unspecified time in the first half of 2018. It will be rolling out in the U.S.

    Moreover, the integration will work in multiple languages including English and Spanish. This will also enable users to control their HD receivers with voice controls after the device is paired with an Assistant-enabled device such as Google Home speakers and Android handsets. Users can request specific channel names or numbers, find shows and movies by name or actor, fast forward, pause, resume and more.

    "Starting in the first half of this year, DISH customers with a broadband-connected Hopper DVR (all generations), Joey client (all models) or Wally single-tuner HD receiver can use the Google Assistant to control their TV when paired with the Assistant on speakers like Google Home, Android phones or iPhones," added Niraj.

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    On a side note, this is yet again an instance where Google Assistant-related announcements have been made at this year's CES. While the market is dominated by Amazon (70 percent of the market) with its Alexa integrations it seems Google isn't going down without a fight. The company is working extensively and rapidly on spreading its voice assistant to as many devices as possible.

    What do you think of this integration? Should it be available in India as well? Do let us know in the comments.

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