April 25, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
DIRECTV is about to give you another reason to yell at your TV.
The company just detailed plans to add voice control to its smartphone app sometime this summer. Simply known as “Voice,” the new feature will allow subscribers to bark out channel choices and content searches using iOS and Android smartphones. Tablet versions are expected to follow at some point.
To use the Voice features, you’ll need a DIRECTV.com account, as well as the Genie DVR or the HR-24 set-top/DVR (or later)—with a web connection, of course. Our friends at Solid Signal have a detailed review of the upcoming function and say it’s very similar to using Siri on the iPhone. That’s not surprising, considering the Voice feature was developed in conjunction with Nuance Communications, the same company that powers Apple’s voice recognition application.
The new features will give users a choice to get results on the phone or the big screen, as well as options to schedule recordings and get programming suggestions.
DIRECTV’s Voice upgrade is expected to happen sometime this summer.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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