Sky Q Voice Control lets you change channel just by speaking

Sky is rolling out a new and enhanced Sky Q Voice Control feature that lets you control your TV simply be speaking aloud.

In a bid to usher in the smart home revolution, Sky is offering users the opportunity to use their voices to tell their Sky Q boxes what to do. As consumers grow increasingly comfortable with chatting to gadgets – à la Amazon’s Alexa – it’s no surprise that Sky is looking to take advantage of voice tech.

With the new Sky Q Voice Control, you can activate commands by speaking into your Sky Q touch remote.

For instance, you could say “change channel to Sky Atlantic”, which will prompt a channel switchover. You could also say “play Tin Star”, which will load that show from your own recordings. Once the show begins, you can say things like “skip back 30 seconds” or “watch from the start”, which should be quicker than manually doing it via the remote.

Some users will find the “turn on audio description” function particularly useful, as it won’t require any physical navigation to access the feature – just a voice command.

Speaking about the announcement, Sky’s Chief Marketing Officer Luke Bradley-Jones said: “Our customers already love Voice Search on Sky Q and we think they are going to love Voice Control even more.”

He went on: “You will be able to find your recordings, rewind an amazing goal to watch again or change channel all through a simple voice command. It’s a quicker, easier and more fun way to get to the shows, sports and films you want to watch.”

The new Sky Q Voice Control functionality will arrive on Sky Q boxes “over the coming weeks”, and adds to the existing voice search functionality that was launched earlier this year. According to Sky, this feature has proved especially popular, with Sky Q customers having made over nine million voice searches to date.

Sky is also introducing a number of other improvements, including a bespoke ‘Favourites’ menu in the TV guide, and a dedicated Ultra HD section within My Q for 2TB Sky Q box owners.

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