DirecTV Bringing Voice Search to Mobile Apps

With so many channels and programs to sift through today, holding the traditional TV remote has become a protracted experience for many viewers who enjoy surfing the tube. But, as with all technologies, there’s always room for improvement. Simplifying the search capabilities for its subscribers through the service’s corresponding iOS and Android apps, DirecTV has …   Read More

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With so many channels and programs to sift through today, holding the traditional TV remote has become a protracted experience for many viewers who enjoy surfing the tube.

But, as with all technologies, there’s always room for improvement.

Simplifying the search capabilities for its subscribers through the service’s corresponding iOS and Android apps, DirecTV has announced the forthcoming addition of voice search functionality.

“DirecTV is far from the first to bring voice search to TV, but as I saw during a private demo in DirecTV’s New York offices, the company’s approach avoids many common pitfalls,” explains Matthew Moskovciak of CNET.

Natural language commands like “find the Lakers game” or “search for comedies with Adam Sandler” worked without needing to say a specific cue phrase, such as “Xbox, Bing” or “Hi, TV.” The service also recognized the speaker’s voice very well, translating her words into text search queries without a hiccup.

Voice search will be added to DirecTV’s smartphone apps later this summer as a software update.

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