Dish Network 4K improves the Hopper Set-top Box with Alexa

DISH Network (DISH) improves the Set-top box of the hopper with Alexa. DISH Network Corp. DISH satellite TV service provider accelerated the process of integrating its Hopper DVRs with Alexa's voice control technology developed by Amazon.Com Inc. (AMZN). The Alexa platform has given DISH Network the opportunity to enable voice control for their video systems with a simple integration and software update deal.

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Since 2013, DISH Network has been systematically introducing its innovative Hopper DVR series. Initially, the entire HD Hopper DVR was introduced along with a partner named "Joey". Later, DISH introduced a new feature called AUTO HOP, which allowed any DISH Network subscriber to record prime-time TV programming on major networks.

At CES 2013, the company introduced a more powerful Hopper DVR, which allowed remote viewing of television programs on subscribers' mobile devices (smartphone or tablet) using DISH Network's exclusive Sling streaming technology.

The remote voice control technology for decoders is not new. Largest pay-TV operator Comcast Corp. CMCSA is using its patented X1 video platform user technology over the past two years. Importantly, Canadian telecoms and pay-TV duo Rogers Communications Inc. RCI and Shaw Communications Inc. SJR are using Comcast's innovative voice-controlled X1 technology.

Notably, just a few days ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that DISH Network is considering a joint venture (JV) with online retail giant Amazon. With the JV, DISH Network aims to install an Internet-of-Thing (IoT) core wireless network. However, the news magazine has warned that no agreement is imminent. In addition, neither party has confirmed the news.

Over the last decade, DISH Network has developed an extremely strong portfolio of lucrative wireless spectrums that are not yet in use. The company spent nearly $21 billion to build this spectrum portfolio, which by some estimates is currently valued at no less than $45 billion. In March 2017, the company announced plans to build a narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) network to comply with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) requirements.
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