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Dish Embraces Amazon Alexa, Fire TV

Dish has teamed up with Amazon to improve its DVR functionality.

Available today, Dish customers with a Hopper or Wally and an Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap can watch hands-free TV with voice control via Alexa.

Users with an Internet-connected Hopper or Wally can ask Alexa to navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content based on channel, title, actor or genre. Universal search functionality works across Dish’s live, recorded and on-demand titles, as well as with Netflix’s selection of TV shows and movies.

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In addition, Dish extended its Dish Anywhere to Amazon Fire TV products. Dish customers with a Hopper can now watch all of their live and recorded content, plus on-demand titles, from any TV connected to a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

While the Dish Anywhere app has been available on phones, tablets and computers for many years, Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are the first media players to offer the app, Dish said.

“Hopper and Alexa introduce next-level convenience that redefines the way TV fits into our lives,” said Niraj Desai, Dish product management VP. [And] “while Dish Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want — their Dish subscription on any TV at no extra cost.”

“We think this is a big step forward for the television experience, and that customers will love this new voice functionality on Dish,” added Rob Pulciani, director, Amazon Alexa.