Dish Network has launched an authenticated app for the Amazon Fire TV platform that supports both live and on-demand video, and has integrated its pay TV service with Amazon’s voice-driven Alexa platform.
The new Dish Anywhere app for Fire TV boxes Fire TV streaming sticks lets Hopper customers watch their live TV lineup, access recorded shows and a library of “thousands” of VOD titles, a move that complements the TVE apps Dish has launched for web browsers, smartphones and tablets.
Fire TV is the first TV-connected retail OTT platform that supports the Dish Anywhere app, and gives Dish subs an additional way to their pay TV subscriptions on the TV. Dish’s internet-connected Hopper 3, Hopper 2 have built-in Sling Media video place-shifting technology, and the first-gen Hopper supports place-shifting when linked to a Sling Adapter.
“While DISH Anywhere has historically been embraced on mobile devices, users are now getting even more of what they want – their DISH subscription on any TV at no extra cost,” Niraj Desai, Dish’s VP of product management, said in a statement.
The integration with Alexa is extended to Dish customers with a Hopper or Wally box linked up to an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap device.
This voice-powered addition lets Dish subs change channels, fast-forward, pause and rewind the TV, and conduct searches based on channels, titles, actors or genres. Dish said the search feature works across Dish’s live, recorded and VoD titles, as well as titles offered from Netflix. Those customers can enable the Dish TV skill via the Alexa app and implement it on the Hopper or Wally device by entering the code generated by the Alexa app.
Layer3 TV, the Denver-based next-gen cable operator that utilized IPTV technology, has also introduced a skill for the Alexa platform. It was released on April 22, according to Amazon Alexa web page.
Dish also offers its own voice remote, which is compatible with the Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes.