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Dish Network is quietly putting Android TV in hotel rooms

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p Late last week, TechHive received a tip about a mysterious streaming device called the Evolve, built by LG and bearing a Dish Network trademark.

It turns out this device is not a satellite-streaming hybrid for living rooms, but an Android TV box for the hotel industry: a set-back box in industry parlance, since they're designed to be mounted to the back of a flat-screen TV where they're out of sight.

The Dish Evolve combines live TV and Chromecast capabilities into one device, which mounts behind hotel room televisions and connects to a central satellite receiver box.

Dish soft-launched the Evolve earlier this year, and is expanding it throughout the United States, but a spokeswoman declined to name participating hotels.

This wouldn't be the first attempt at putting Chromecast capabilities in hotel rooms.

Last year, Sonifi started offering a Chromecast-powered system that integrates with existing hotel TV platforms.

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