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DTH News : Dish TV launches Android-based HD STB, voice-enabled smart kit
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MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) platform Dish TV has strengthened its technology product portfolio with the launch of an internet-enabled Android-based HD Set-Top Box (STB) and Voice-enabled Alexa Built-in smart kit.

Eliminating the hassle of switching between linear TV and OTT apps, the latest offerings from Dish TV India effectively aim to combine the two through a single entertainment device. This new technologically advanced offering – an internet-enabled Android-based HD STB ‘Dish SMRT Hub’ is available at a price of Rs 3999 for new subscribers and Rs 2499 for existing subscribers.

Dish SMRT Hub is Android HD STB which runs on Android TV operating system by Google. The devices are using Android TV 9.0 and have been designed to deliver best in class picture quality and sound to the viewers. It will also offer access to the Google Play Store and Google Assistant allowing the users to download and stream content from all popular OTT platforms. The new offerings from Dish TV India will support all popular OTT platforms like Watcho, Amazon Prime Video, ZEE5, Voot, ALTBalaji and YouTube.

With built-in Google Assistant & Chromecast and superior Dolby audio, the Android HD STB extends the ultimate cinematic experience to viewers in the comfort of their homes. A user can stream content from any device directly to the TV screen without any lag. Now Users can download thousands of apps and Play games right on their TV without needing an additional gaming console. Adding to the seamless experience, the Dish SMRT Hub further allows users to operate and control the device using simple voice commands. Available with native support for video content OTT platforms, the Integrated Google assistant converts this box into a smart home hub, enabling the users to control their smart homes with a single remote.

The Android-based STB will work on any television and support OTT platforms Watcho, ZEE5, Amazon Prime Video, Voot, ALTBalaji and YouTube to name a few.

Dish SMRT Kit – the voice enabled kit with a dongle and remote powered by Amazon Alexa are priced at Rs 1199 and available for existing DishTV subscribers. This allows subscribers to access popular OTT Apps and thousands of Alexa skills on their existing STBs.

The Dish SMRT Kit with Alexa-powered remote control will help users seamlessly bridge the gap between real-time TV content and best of engaging content available online. The super affordable Dish SMRT Kit comprising Wi-Fi dongle, a Bluetooth and a sleek looking Alexa-enabled remote control, provides access to thousands of Alexa skills.

These skills will help users to use voice as an intuitive and preferred mode of interaction on their STBs to book cabs, get latest news, information & recipes, set reminders for their favorite programs, get recommendations on trending programs, access their account details, register ‘call me’ request, discover movies, sports & music and also control smart home devices just through voice commands.

To get started, customers will need to set up the smart kits with their Amazon account. Once set up, customers can simply say – ‘Alexa, tell me the news’, ‘Alexa, what’s the cricket score?’ OR ‘Alexa, play the latest Bollywood songs’, to enjoy a voice-controlled experience.

Further, DishTV has tied-up with Handan, who is a manufacturing partner for DishTV. Handan has worked extensively on this project to bring in voice functionality in DishTV STBs.

Commenting on the launch of these new products, Dish TV India Executive Director & Group CEO Anil Dua said, “We are delighted to launch the most advanced Android powered STB and the Alexa Built-in smart kit for DishTV customers and this is a significant milestone for Dish TV India. The Dish SMRT Hub is a customized device which allows users to have uninterrupted video streaming and access to TV content. It is capable of delivering superior viewing experience owing to its immersive features like in-built Google Assistant, Chromecast and myriad other smart features. The Dish SMRT Kit is a big add-on to our current STB’s and with this, our customers can enjoy the ease of using voice commands for accessing information through Alexa for all their needs. With these launches, DishTV is making a strong statement of providing best-in-class technology and experience to its customers.”

Recently, Dish TV India Limited had also introduced SMRT Stick, allowing users to stream content from OTT services through Dish TV STB. Additionally, focusing on premium short format content, the company forayed into OTT space earlier this year by launching its own OTT platform, ‘Watcho’. With this DishTV takes another step towards providing entertainment across linear and online sources on any screen for customers across all segments.

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