Fights over the remote are about to get a lot louder.
Comcast has introduced a voice-controlled TV remote for some of its Xfinity cable TV customers. Users can search for shows, channels, movies, TV recordings and on-demand programs with their voice.
Customers can change the channel after they press a blue button on the remote and say “Watch ESPN,” for example. They can also set up a recording with their voice, search for movies based on popular quotes or ask “What’s trending?” to see what TV shows are popular.
Searching for shows or movies with a traditional remote can be difficult, and cable providers and streaming companies believe voice search will make it easier. Amazon.com, for example, offers a voice search with its Fire TV streaming device. Roku, another streaming device seller, began offering voice search last month.
The Associated Press