• Dish Network set-top boxes will support Google Assistant in 2018.
  • The Hopper, Joey, and Wally boxes will get the update.
  • “OK, Google” voice commands will control your cable box, and you can use your smartphone to issue those commands.


If there’s one thing we’ve learned from CES 2018 (besides how thousands of tech geeks will react when the power goes out), it’s that Google Assistant is going to be in everything. By the end of the year, it will be in headphones, coffee makers, alarm clocks, and even washing machines.

Not to be left out, Dish Network announced today certain Dish-branded cable boxes will support the virtual assistant in 2018. Using your smartphone, tablet, or smart speaker, you will be able to control your set top box with commands like, “Change the channel to NBC,” “Pause,” or even “Search for funny shows.”

Only a few months ago, Dish released a voice-controlled remote with similar features, but pairing with Google Assistant gives you the freedom to use whichever supported device you like to control your television.

Both English and Spanish commands will be supported at launch. Presumably more languages will come along later.

If you own the Hopper, Joey, or Wally set-top boxes from Dish, you won’t have to buy anything extra to take advantage of the new feature. You’ll just have to add the hardware to your Google Home profile once the option is available for it to work. If you own any other set-top box model though, you will have to upgrade.

What a day it will be when you can say “Ugh, this show is terrible, change the channel,” and your TV will listen.