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Dish subs get Amazon Alexa voice control

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amazon-alexa-family-crop“Alexa, we have some good news. You can now control Dish TV.”

Dish announced today that Amazon’s Alexa voice control platform is now available to subscribers with the Hopper DVR or Wally receiver paired with Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap.

Dish is the first TV provider to incorporate Amazon Alexa, allowing customers to control their TV system with commands such as “Pause,” “Resume,” and “Rewind,” or more advanced requests such as “Show me Tom Hanks movies.”

Additional commands include the actions “Search,” “Tune,” “Change,” “Go To,” and “Skip” among others. For example, a user could ask “Alexa, Find Game of Thrones” to reveal programming and On-Demand listings.

“With DISH’s skill for Alexa, changing the channel, pausing, rewinding and searching for content will be as simple as asking Alexa via an Echo family device,” said Rob Pulciani, Director Amazon Alexa. “

Here are more example Alexa voice commands:

“Alexa, change channel to ESPN”
“Alexa, tune to channel 130”
“Alexa, go to the History Channel”
“Alexa, find the Big Bang Theory”
“Alexa, search for Game of Thrones”
“Alexa, show me Tom Hanks movies”
“Alexa, search for comedies”
“Alexa, play This is Us”
“Alexa, skip forward”
“Alexa, rewind 30 seconds”
“Alexa, pause”
“Alexa, resume”

Dish TV can be set up in the Alexa app by selecting Music, Video & Books > DISH TV > Enable Skill.

Dish also announced the DISH Anywhere app is now available on Amazon Fire TV products, making it a wonderful day to be a Dish subscriber who’s also an Amazon Echo customer.

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