Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: Dish TV
Description: Alexa connects with your DISH receiver to allow you to control your TV just using your voice (requires internet-connected Hopper or Wally).
Real world use: With the increasing number of cord-cutters, it must be hard for the cable and dish TV holdouts to take sometimes. Those dang cord-cutters. Always talking about how they watch TV on their own schedule now. How they’re saving so much money everything. It can get a bit annoying, particularly watching the monthly bill as it continues to skyrocket without even a single new capability.
Well, can rejoice a bit today. While this week’s skill is not necessarily a 3rd party skill you add in the normal way, it actually represents a bold step by Amazon to start integrating established media services into its own app. The update is not available yet, but coming shortly, a version upgrade to the Alexa app will include a new TV section in the Music, TV, & Books menu where you can select Dish TV as your TV programming provider and it will help you link your Dish Hopper to your Alexa devices. And, this seems to be just a start. More established service providers could start showing up directly in the Alexa app instead of the skill store.
Where to get it: You can locate the Dish TV Skill in the Amazon Alexa app by going to the Music, TV, & Books menu**, selecting DISH TV from the TV section of the list.
**this will become available when the Alexa app receives its next update.
UPDATE: The update adding Dish TV is rolling out now…
P.S. I’m one of those annoying, stream everything, haven’t paid for cable in 2 years, people. So, while I may not ever take advantage of something like this integration, I still think its pretty neat and yet another way Amazon is distancing itself from the competition.
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