Dish TV India unveils Android based Set Top Box, first ever ‘Alexa Built in’ smart kits

Dish TV India unveils Android based Set Top Box, first ever ‘Alexa Built in’ smart kits

Dish TV India Ltd today launched a complete range of smart devices, an internet enabled Android based HD Set Top Box and Voice enabled Alexa Built-in smart kit, thereby strengthening its technology product portfolio. The new technologically advanced offering – an internet enabled Android based HD Set Top Box ‘Dish SMRT Hub’ is available at a price of Rs 3999 for new subscribers and Rs 2499 for existing subscribers, according to the company statement.

The latest offering from Dish TV will eliminate the hassles of switching between linear TV and OTT apps, while aiming to combine the two through a single entertainment device.

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Commenting on the launch of these new products, Anil Dua, Executive Director & Group CEO, Dish TV India Limited, said, “We are delighted to launch the most advanced Android powered Set Top Box and the Alexa Built-in smart kit for Dish TV 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,” he added.

The Dish SMRT Hub is Android HD set top box 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 etc.”

With built-in Google Assistant & Chromecast and superior Dolby audio, the Android HD set top box extends the ultimate cinematic experience to viewers in the comfort of their homes, said it, adding that 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 allow 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 statement said.

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, will allow subscribers to access popular OTT Apps and thousands of Alexa skills on their existing set top boxes.

However, 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 Dish SMRT Kit comprising Wi-Fi dongle, a Bluetooth and a sleek looking Alexa-enabled remote control, will provide access to thousands of Alexa skills, the statement said.

Notably, DishTV has tied-up with HANDAN, who is manufacturing partner for DishTV, worked extensively on this project to bring in voice functionality in DishTV STB’s.