Netflix Gets ‘Framed’ by Google Nest Hub

In the battle to bring Netflix to connected devices in the home other than the television, portable media players and desktop computers, Google has licensed the subscription streaming behemoth to its line of Nest and Nest Max smart picture displays and speakers.

Netflix subs can now stream content through the Google Home or Assistant app, which then appears on the 7-inch Nest or 10-inch Max displays. Google reportedly outbid Amazon’s Echo Show for the initial streaming rights. Key to the distribution deal is the fact Nest users also have access to YouTube and Google Photos, among other features.

Nest devices also offer Ultrasound sensing, which allows the display to show text and content in larger format when the user is far away and smaller when closer.

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Nest and Max also offer users access to Hulu, CBS All Access and Dish Network’s Sling TV. Amazon Echo Show affords users streaming access to Prime Video, Hulu and other third-party streaming services marketed via Amazon Channels.

Dish Brings Google Nest Hello Doorbell to Hopper DVR Platform

Dish Network Dec. 20 announced that its Hopper and Wally DVR receivers now support the Google Nest Hello Video doorbell. When the doorbell rings, Nest Hello sends on-screen notifications directly to the television.

Dish is the first pay-TV provider to integrate a Google Nest device into its ecosystem with the Device Access program. The Nest Hello announcement is the first in a series of Google Nest integrations coming to the Hopper platform.

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“Google Nest on Hopper is about giving our customers added choice and control over their home environment — with the subtle on-screen alerts delivered by the Nest Hello, customers are better equipped to hit pause and take action right away,” Rob Sadler, director of product management, said in a statement. “This is just the beginning of a powerful relationship with Google Nest and their vast portfolio of products.”

After pairing their Google Nest account with their Dish Hopper or Wally receiver, customers will receive on-screen notifications, including an image, when their Nest Hello has been pressed.

In 2018, Dish introduced the ability for Google Assistant to control its Hopper receivers. It expanded that capability earlier this year, with the introduction of the Google Assistant-enabled Dish Voice Remote.

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The Nest Hello feature is available to all broadband-connected Hopper and Wally receivers beginning today. Support for Joey (all clients) will begin rolling out in the following weeks.

Nest joins Dish’s suite of smart-home control options, including the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Josh.ai.

The whole-home Hopper platform claims to lead the industry in DVR features and functionality. The Hopper 3 boasts 16 tuners, two terabytes of DVR storage, live and on-demand 4K compatibility, PrimeTime Anytime, AutoHop and integrated apps Netflix, YouTube, YouTube Kids, Pandora and Amazon Prime Video, among others.

Voice-control capabilities through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and the DISH voice remote give customers easier access to their favorite programming. Hopper (all generations) gives customers access to live, on-demand and recorded content on Dish’s online streaming app, Dish Anywhere.

Amazon Eyeing Added Alexa Revenue Opportunities

For years now Amazon has been attempting to put voice-activated Alexa software in every home via its Fire TV streaming media players and Echo speakers and earbuds.

Now the e-commerce giant wants to increase monetization of original content distributed through Alexa.

Amazon reportedly commands 30% in revenue from every third-party device incorporating Alexa software. The company would like to increase so-called “skill revenue” from content delivered via Alexa that includes music, video, news and podcasts.

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The company has partnered with Spotify for music and is eyeing news and other informational-type content that would be sold through Alexa.

Amazon generated about $1.4 million in Alexa “skill” revenue in 2019 — about 25% of the forecasted $5.5 million, according to The Information, which cited sources familiar with the situation. “Skill” revenue refers to monies generated by add-on features applied to Alexa software from third parties.

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For example, Amazon just introduced its first celebrity voice, Samuel L. Jackson, where consumers — for 99 cents — can hear Jackson’s voice on select commands. Google Assistant offers actress Issa Rae and singer John Legend to their voice-activated Nest devices.