After a several years of TV-centric home automation tech demos at CES, Echostar got serious and recently unveiled “Sage” – their “secure” take on the space and presumably targeted to
siblings partners like DISH and overseas providers, versus selling direct to consumers à la Staples Connect or Smarthings.
EchoStar is planning on expanding its set top range firmly into the smart home with the new Sage home controller and device ecosystem. [...] The box itself contains ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth Low Energy and WiFi radios. [...] With a single push the UI would pop up onto the screen and shrink the TV picture into the top right quarter. [...] The back end architecture is all based on the existing Sling infrastructure that EchoStar already has in place, and there are plans to add the Sage tag to other Dish products.