Dish Introduces Voice Remote Control for Hopper 3 & Joey 4K

The new Voice Remote from Dish can be used to control the company’s new Hopper 3 and Joey 4K set-top boxes (STBs).

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Keeping pace with the latest trends toward voice control and universal remotes, DISH has launched its new Voice Remote. The popular television service provider's latest remote features voice recognition, a clickable touchpad and backlighting.

The remote controls navigation, search and content selection on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes (STBs).

“Voice Remote is simple to use, affordable and, most impressively, operates with incredible speed and accuracy,” says Vivek Khemka, executive vice president and chief technology officer, DISH. “Leveraging modern navigation paradigms like touch and voice, this remote represents a complete reinvention of the outdated remote control customers have come to expect from cable providers.”

Dish says its new remote is approximately half the size of a traditional remote control, and it fits in the palm of the hand. DISH designed the remote to interpret natural language, populating search results based on program title, actor or genre, and building contextual searches to narrow options as desired.

It also utilizes voice commands to control basic functions of the receiver, including recording and changing channels.

Voice Remote features two touchpad modes: “Default” displays a blank touchpad allowing navigation tasks, while the “Numeric” mode illuminates a keypad when channel or password entry is preferred.

With the ability to serve as a universal remote, Voice Remote can control up to two IR devices (TV/AUX models). 

The new Voice Remote from Dish is available today for $30.

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