The innovation won't be arriving for a little while, but Dish feels confident that the option will arrive in the first half of the year. So long as your Hopper is connected to the internet, you can use natural voice commands to go to individual channels or bring up movies on-demand by saying "go to AMC" or "Find Game of Thrones." You can also search for content via genre or by star, simply by bellowing Matt Damon's name into the ether.Click here to catch up on the latest news from CES 2017.
At the same time, Dish is also revealing Dish Music, a service that lets you play music from various streaming services via the Hopper. If you have multiple DVRs in different rooms of your home hooked up to audio equipment (or your TV), then you can use them as a multi-room audio setup. The product is compatible with a wide range of audio services, including iHeartRadio, Tidal and Amazon Music, among others. In addition, if your home theater speakers are DTS Play-Fi enabled, then they're instantly compatible with the new offering. If you own a Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVR, then you'll be able to access the new feature at some point in February 2017.
Bringing multi-room audio to your DVR is a canny move by Dish, simply because it makes its product more valuable at the expense of alternatives. After all, why go out and spend big bucks on an expensive new multi-room audio gear if you can just wire another Hopper up to your bedroom TV's speakers?