Using The Google Assistant With Dish TV
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A Better Entertainment Experience
Do you ever get tired of endlessly scrolling through channels? Do you want an easier way to channel surf with your new Dish TV system?
Dish has partnered with Google to make most of their television systems compatible with the Google Assistant software.
With Google Assistant activated on your television, you’ll be able to use voice commands to control the channel it’s on, the settings, and anything else that your television can do.
It also has a few bonus features that allow you to manipulate all of your smart devices. You can use it to keep track of your daily chores, and you can even ask questions when you need a little bit of information.
Overall, it makes your entire entertainment system one cohesive unit, and it makes your life a lot easier.
To activate Google Assistant, you’ll have to have a couple of things. Obviously, you’ll need to have Dish set up at your house.
Here’s what else you’ll need:
- A Google Assistant Remote
- A Television
- An internet connection
- Any smart devices that you want to sync with Google Assistant
Pairing It With Your Receiver
If you pair your Google Assistant remote with your receiver, you send signals to pretty much any smart device that you have in your house. Your devices will have to be compatible with Google Assistant, but most recent models are. So, you don’t have to worry.
First, you have to hit the SYS Info button that’s mounted on your receiver. That will open it up for your remote to connect to it.
After you’ve done that, just press the SAT button that is found on the side of all Google Assistant remotes.
That will complete the connection, and all you have to do is hit the back button to start watching television.
Pairing It With Your TV
You can use the Google Assistant remote with just your television by connecting it directly to your television system. It will function a lot like an old universal remote, but you’ll have access to voice commands.
To connect it, just press the HOME button two times. A number of tiles will appear on your television screen. Just pick the settings tile, and then find the TV Pairing Wizard option.
The TV Pairing Wizard software will take you through the rest of the steps. You just have to find your television’s brand with the provided list, and it’ll do the rest. Once you’re connected, you can start trying to test your remote to make sure it’s connected properly.
Using Voice Commands With Your TV
Just pairing the device won’t enable voice commands. You have to activate them, and you have to agree to a few EULAs.
To start the process, you just have to hit the button with a microphone on it. A list of options will appear, and you’ll need to select the voice controls option to move along any further.
After that, you just have to read the terms and conditions. Refusing to agree with the conditions will prevent you from using voice commands. So, you’ll probably want to agree.
You’ll also need to accept Google Assistant’s EULA. If you refuse to agree, you can still use text commands, but voice commands will remain disabled.
Finally, try out a few commands. That’s how you’ll know if you paired your remote properly.
Remember to make sure your internet is connected throughout this process. You have to have an internet connection to connect to Google Assistant.
Using A Smart Device
You don’t actually have to buy a Google Assistant remote. You can use your smartphone or tablet to control your television. However, you’ll have to make sure your device is compatible with the software, and the setup process is a little more complicated.
To start, you need to double-tap the HOME button on your Dish remote. This will bring up the options menu. Once you have the options menu up, select the settings tab, and choose the option that mentions controlling Google Assistant with a smart device.
You’ll be given a code after you follow that last step. Save the code, or you won’t be able to complete the connection.
Now, use your phone to sign-in on the Google Assistant app. If you don’t have it downloaded, you’ll have to go do that.
Select your smart device from the list that’s on your screen, and you’ll be prompted to make a second decision. Choose the Dish tab.
You’ll need to input your activation code after choosing your devices. Once you’ve done that. Press the button with a picture of a pencil on it on your receiver, and select done with your device.
Once you’ve done that, you can toggle your device on and off from your receiver, and you’re ready to start using it for your television.
It’s easier to just use a Google Assistant remote, but turning your phone into a remote can be extremely convenient in the long run.
Google Assistant removes the need for you to search around for a remote, and it turns your television into a more useful device. If you pair it with a smart device, you’ll get even more use out of it.
It’s not complicated to do if you have a Google Assistant remote, and Dish sells them at all of their locations. However, you can also use a smart device, and that’s an interesting option if you’re willing to go through the lengthy setup process.
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