DirecTV adding voice search to Android, iOS apps this summer
DirecTV is integrating voice search technologies into its applications for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, promising to make it easier for subscribers to find programming they want to watch.
DirecTV Senior Vice President Tony Concalves told The Verge that DirecTV Voice, coming this summer, will pair natural language speech recognition technologies with the firm's existing personalized recommendations tools and "trending" list to improve content discovery. The subscriber's iOS or Android-enabled device will connect to the DirecTV box via in-home via Wi-Fi connection or over cellular radio when outside the home. To activate the service, the user taps the microphone button within the DirecTV app, says something to the effect of "What's on HBO tonight?" or "Show me Will Ferrell comedies," and the app generates a list of applicable showtimes and on-demand offerings, complete with metadata like Rotten Tomatoes scores and plot synopses.
From there, subscribers in front of their television can use their mobile device as a remote control and begin viewing. Users who are away from home can set recordings of upcoming programs or bookmark a recommendation for later on-demand viewing.
DirecTV said it is working with Nuance Communications to develop the DirecTV Voice service. Nuance's signature Dragon speech recognition software powers search and dictation services across multiple iOS, Android and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) apps and services. Its software is reportedly integrated into Apple's Siri voice recognition tool as well.
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