Sky Q gets Voice search, Facebook video and a revamped user interface

posted on Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 by Steve May

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From today, Sky Q subscribers can use voice search to find movies and TV content. The long awaited feature was added with a firmware update that also brings additional personalization features.

Voice Search is activated by the microphone icon on the right hand side of the Q’s Bluetooth remote. Film titles, sports, genres, stars and TV shows titles are in the vocabulary, Sky has also enabled title search via movie quotes - although the accuracy can be a little hit and miss.

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Alongside voice search, the My Q section becomes the new Sky Q homepage. This puts personalisation and recommendations centre stage in the user experience. The Continue Watching section allows viewers to pick up where they left off with recorded shows.

There’s also more social integration, with Facebook videos now viewable via the box. You'll need to use the My Photos App on Sky Q to sign into your Facebook profile to see photos and videos

The service is also stepping up its UHD content offerings, with the debut of Formula One in 4K. From Practices to Grand Prix, all the action will be iavailable n 2160p resolution.

Upcoming dramas, including Guerrilla and Riviera, will also be shown in UHD alongside new film releases, including the Ghostbusters reboot and X-Men Apocalypse. The broadcaster will also show 124 Premier League games in UHD this season. 

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Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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