Sky Q update adds Disney+ voice search, Voice Guidance

posted on Thursday, 1st April 2021 by Steve May

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Disney+ is being incorporated within Sky Q’s voice and text searches, as part of a raft of feature improvements to the platform. The new updates also bring accessibility improvements for the visually impaired. Firmware rolls out from today, and will be with all customers before the end of April.

Over the coming month, movies and series from Disney+, including its general entertainment brand, Star, will begin to appear in broader voice and text searches. Ask for Soul or WandaVision using the Sky Q voice remote and users will land on a dedicated Show Centre.

TheSky Go experience also gets a boost with a new ‘Continue Watching’ rail that picks up where you left off, and the introduction of ‘Sky Channels’ and ‘Browse by Category,’ This follows the introduction of Sky Go as an iOS widget.

Voice Guidance  Screen Sky q

The new update also introduces a new accessibility feature, called Voice Guidance, which makes navigating Sky Q’s TV guide, menus, Show Centres, collections, and on-screen messages easier for subscribers with visual impairments.

The feature is activated by saying ‘Voice Guidance’ into the Sky Q voice remote. Once initiated, the user gets spoken descriptions of the menu they’re navigating, making it easier to reach shows and recordings.

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. There’s also a new High Contrast Mode, British Sign Language zone (BSL Zone) featuring on demand content and entertainment from BSL.

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.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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