Google Assistant Comes to DISH Hopper Boxes Via Update and New Remote

Google Assistant Comes to DISH Hopper Boxes Via Update and New Remote


DISH customers sporting a Hopper, Joey, or Walley can now access Google Assistant, thanks to a software update and the release of a brand new voice remote.

With Assistant in your Hopper box, users can play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and search for content across DISH’s library of live TV and on-demand content. Not only will you be controlling your TV experience, but with Assistant, you’ll have access to the same smart home controls and Google Search results as you would on any other Google Home or similar device.

According to Google, DISH customers with a voice remote and a broadband-connected Hopper (all generations), Joey (all models) or Wally can access the Google Assistant once they receive the software update. New customers and existing DISH customers without a voice remote can visit here to check their eligibility for the new voice remote at no extra cost.

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Dish Says It’ll be the New 4th US Wireless Carrier

Dish Says It’ll be the New 4th US Wireless Carrier


Now that T-Mobile and Sprint have been given approval from the Department of Justice to merge as New T-Mobile, all of the details surrounding that approval are out. The big takeaway you should know is that the DoJ believes that this merger is fine because Dish says it will step up and become the new 4th major carrier. Without Dish buying up pieces of Sprint and agreeing to a number of items with T-Mobile, this all would have likely fallen apart.

Dish put out a press release just as T-Mobile and Sprint did to announce that they will become a “national facilities-based wireless carrier.” They’ve committed to building out a 5G network that will serve 70% of the US population by 2023.

They’ll do that in part by acquiring all of Sprint’s prepaid businesses, which include Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and other Sprint-branded prepaid services. Those combined amount to around … Read the rest

Are Google and Dish Teaming Up to Form a New Carrier? Google Says, Nope.

Are Google and Dish Teaming Up to Form a New Carrier? Google Says, Nope.


As Sprint and T-Mobile continue to try and gain approval to merge, conversations about a 4th US carrier emerging will likely only increase with various parties fighting off rumors. That happened over the weekend, as a report surfaced suggesting that Google and Dish may be in talks to team up.

The report from New York Post stated that Alan Mulally, a current board of directors member with Alphabet (Google’s parent), has had discussions with Dish Network about a plan to create a new US wireless giant. The two would use assets that Dish might acquire from T-mobile as a part of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger approval with the Department of Justice.

The thing is, Google has already denied the report and said that “these claims are simply false,” while adding that “Google is not having any conversations with Dish about creating a wireless network.”

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T-Mobile enemy Dish could help save the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

T-Mobile enemy Dish could help save the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Enlarge / A field service specialist for Dish Network prepares to install a satellite TV system at a residence in Denver, Colorado, on Aug. 6, 2013. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

T-Mobile US and Sprint are reportedly near a deal to sell spectrum, wholesale network access, and Sprint’s Boost Mobile subsidiary to Dish as part of an attempt to gain government approval of their merger. But US antitrust officials reportedly want bigger concessions before they’ll approve the T-Mobile/Sprint combination.

T-Mobile’s purchase of Sprint would leave the US with three instead of the current four major wireless carriers. The Department of Justice, which could sue to block the deal, has apparently pushed T-Mobile to make divestitures that would set up a fourth major carrier to replace Sprint. That has left T-Mobile negotiating with Dish, which opposed the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. The companies’ feud is a two-way street, with T-Mobile repeatedly criticizing Dish

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