Today’s home security landscape continues to embrace new technologies. If you want to keep tabs on who’s at your door, doorbell cameras from Amazon-owned Ring, Honeywell, Skybell, Arlo, and others are solid options. Homeowners who’d rather see the doorbell video directly on their TVs, however, can look to satellite provider DISH for another solution. The company recently announced a new integration with Google Nest that enables the video feed generated by any Nest camera, including the Nest Hello Video Doorbells, to be viewed on any connected TV powered by DISH’s Hopper pay TV platform. The enhanced functionality won DISH a BEST Award at the virtually held CEDIA Expo this year.
Prior to this latest integration, DISH Hopper users could receive an alert, via a static image in a pop-up window on screen, when there was motion sensed by a Nest Hello Video Doorbell. Hopper users can launch a live video stream through an on-screen menu, or by using voice prompts with the DISH Voice Remote. DISH has taken a bold step in integrating products from a third party – Nest, in this case – and subsequently increased the value of both the Hopper platform and Nest cameras. The Nest line continues to play a larger role in smart home security thanks in part to Google purchasing a stake in ADT over the summer.
“Seamless integration is the next step in the smart home evolution,” said Stuart Sikes, Interpret’s SVP of Research. “While Amazon and Google’s smart speakers have initiated integration of multi-vendor products, the tight integrations like DISH and Nest are offering will be table stakes for future home appliances. These integrations will first be accomplished by individual vendor partnerships, but eventually will just work, like plugging a new device into the home electrical outlet.”
Interpret’s Smart Home Matrix® research finds that the more smart products a consumer owns, the more they expect the products to be able to work together. The majority of consumers who own two or more smart home devices state that interoperability is important to their next purchase – a concern that device makers must more actively address in their customer communications.