Josh.ai and DISH Hopper Bring Voice Control to Satellite TV
Josh.ai has been on an absolute tear over the past week weeks, announcing partnerships that have brought their voice control technology to brands like Sonos, LG, Savant, and control systems like Crestron and Control4. They’ve added another brand to the list with this week’s announcement that DISH Hopper will integrate the voice control system into its satellite TV offerings. This partnership, which goes live today, marks the first major TV provider to partner with Josh.
“We’re thrilled to be the first TV provider to integrate with Josh.ai, especially because of their
passion for and commitment to voice control technology,” Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management, said in a statement. “With Hopper integrated with Josh.ai, we’re able to provide a new integrated voice control experience for our CI dealers and their high-end clients.”
After connecting to the user’s network, the Josh.ai system will auto-populate supported DISH set-top-boxes, which includes all models and generations of the Hopper, Wally, and Joey, and provide authorization instructions. For the integrator, once the products show up in the Josh.ai web portal, they’ll be able to seamlessly deploy a distributed media system by assigning source inputs and outputs for supported matrix switchers, received, and TVs throughout the user’s home.
As with the other integrations, Josh.ai differentiates itself from other voice services out there that might offer similar solutions by leveraging its position on privacy and data security. The brand said it is committed to protecting those key principles by never selling or otherwise compromising user’s data for marketing purposes.
“Live TV integration is one of the features that is most commonly requested by our integrator partners and we’re thrilled to partner with DISH to roll out this capability for the first time,” Josh.ai CEO Alex Capecelatro said in the statement. “DISH has gained respect and momentum in the CI channel over the last several years with offerings tailored to our industry and we are excited to kick off this partnership. Our goal with Josh.ai is to deliver an exciting user experience and our relationship with DISH will help us achieve that vision.”
For the user, bringing Josh.ai into their DISH Hopper connected home—or vice versa—will give them the ability to execute complex natural-language commands through the Josh Micro. An example might be something like, “Watch the Weather Channel, turn the volume up on the TV, draw the shades to 40 percent, and dim the lights a little.” Specific to DISH, users will be able to execute commands like guiding their Hopper to a specific channel, opening the guide or DVR, or simply saying “Next channel.”