Every time you use Google Assistant or Google you end up with countless ads on Facebook and other websites. Google is forcing us to give them their information so they can sell ads. I agree with others that I liked how it worked before.
You do realize that the older voice search also used the internet to give you weather & provide information regarding programming? Everything on the internet tracks what you do, Facebook, Microsoft/Bing, Amazon, Google - the only way to avoid it is to stop using a smartphone & the internet completely - but it won't make any difference - your information is already out there, not much you can do about it. (try doing a search of your name & see what comes up in seconds, none of us have any privacy anymore)
Non voice remotes that don't connect to the internet are still available for those that don't like the new features (Dish has already said you can't revert back) or just disable it like the reps said. Companies add new features all the time without asking their customers & you can't do much about it (remember the fuss about Windows 10?).
If you really are concerned and choose to leave Dish over this, be prepared to have your new provider make changes to their equipment whenever they want as well.
I do not have a Google Assistant so this is definitely a step backward. Should have a choice! Very unhappy with DISH. New and improved is not always better.
You say you care about privacy as much as google, that scares me because google does not care about privacy at all. They share info with anyone who will pay for it. Are you saying you now do the same or you have always done that?
Please just put my hopper back the way it was, we switched to dish because we thought that after over 20 years with direct tv and they didn't give a crap about customers that the dish people did care about customers. Boy were we wrong. I guess we should have just stayed with direct tv.
I hate that Dish didn't give us an option to retain the previous voice remote. I do not want Google Assistant and the previous voice remote commands worked fine. Give us an option or I'll start looking for alternatives to Dish. Just ridiculous that you forced Google on us so you could make extra money from that company.
As someone else mentioned if you would have done some market research with your customers you would have found there's a large percentage that don't want Google Assistant.