Sky Q update makes voice control even easier

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
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Sky Q’s latest update makes voice control even easier, plus more new features

  • Easily find more of what you love with Disney+ voice search integration on Sky Q
  • Sky Go adds new rails to further enhance the viewing experience
  • Voice Guidance makes Sky Q more accessible for all customers

Sky Q customers are being treated to another raft of brand-new features and voice innovations, as the award-winning TV box rolls out its latest updates – as well as some great developments to Sky Go.

Sky Q Disney+ Screen

Over the next month, movies and series from Disney+, will begin to appear in broader voice and text searches on Sky Q. Simply search for Disney+ exclusives, such as Disney and Pixar’s Soul, or TV mega-hits like Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Star Wars’ The Mandalorian using your Sky Q voice remote to land on a dedicated Show Centre, your go-to for every available episode in one place. By just using your voice, you will be able to search for your favourite entertainment from Disney+ alongside the best of Sky, making it easier to find the content you love on Sky Q, without even having to search in the app.

You can also enjoy an improved Sky Go experience this month. The new ‘Continue Watching’ rail means picking up where you left off has never been simpler, and the introduction of ‘Sky Channels’ and ‘Browse by Category’ rails makes for an easier and more seamless experience for those who watch anywhere. The recent roll out of Sky Go as a widget on iOS means you can also get to your favourite content quickly and easily, without searching through your home screen.

As part of Sky’s commitment to making the TV experience even easier, Sky’s latest voice innovations make the service even more accessible for customers. With its new accessibility feature, Voice Guidance, Sky has created a more intuitive voice experience which will make navigating Sky Q’s TV guide, menus, Show Centres, collections, and on-screen messages much easier for customers with visual impairments.

Simply activate Voice Guidance by saying “Voice Guidance On” or “Voice Guidance Off” into your Sky Q voice remote. Once started, you will hear spoken descriptions of the menu you’re currently navigating, the option you’ve selected and how you can easily get to your favourite shows and movies.

Voice Guidance works in tandem with Voice Search and existing Sky Q accessibility features to make Sky Q even more accessible and enjoyable for all customers. High Contrast Mode, British Sign Language zone (BSL Zone) – featuring on demand content and entertainment from BSL – and the Accessibility Remote are all already available to give you greater independence when navigating Sky Q.

As Sky Q continues to add more voice destination pages, there are now more ways to use voice search to get to your favourite entertainment. You can find personalised recommendations with the recently improved “what should I watch?” voice command, showcasing the very best TV in one place, tailored to you based on everything you’ve watched and what’s trending from Sky, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, BBC and more. Looking for new home workouts? Try saying “Let’s Get Physical” to discover the latest fitness content from Spotify, Sky, YouTube, Fiit and more.

Fraser Stirling, Group Chief Product Officer, Sky, said: “Today marks another big moment for Sky Q as we roll out exciting new voice features. Integrating Disney+ into voice search means it’s now much easier to find more of what you love and adding voice guidance to our strong accessibility offering helps to create an even better experience for all Sky Q customers.”

These updates will begin to roll out to customers from Wednesday 31st March and will be available to all customers by the end of April.