Direct-to-home satellite TV provider DISH unveiled Thursday its new Voice Remote, featuring voice recognition and clickable touchpad, designed to help viewers navigate, search for and select content on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes.

The diminutive remote, which measures 5.59 (L) x 2.25 (W) x 1.02(D) inches, is said to be about half the size of a traditional remote control, and was designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.

The DISH Voice Remote will “interpret natural language, populating search results based on program title, actor or genre, and building contextual searches to narrow options, as desired,” the company said.

Voice commands can also be used to control basic functions of the receiver, including recording and changing channels.

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The DISH Voice Remote features two touchpad modes: default displays a blank touchpad allowing navigation tasks, while the numeric mode illuminates a keypad when channel or password entry is preferred.

In addition to accepting spoken commands, the remote has a dual-function touchpad and a RF4CE remote control finder. The entire remote is backlit and it will operate via the power of two AA batteries for up to 4-6 months before the batteries will need to be replaced.

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It also offers universal control features with learning capability in order to operate up to two IR devices (TV/AUX models).

DISH said it will make the Voice Remote available for purchase by new and existing Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers for a $30 retail price via its direct line call-in line 1-800-333-DISH or by visiting

By Greg Tarr


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