Sky Q customers are being treated to a number of brand-new features and voice innovations over the next month along with some nice developments for Sky Go users as well. To start, movies and series from Disney+, along with the new, more adult segment, Star, will begin to appear in broader voice and text searches on Sky Q. Users will be able to use their Sky Q remote to voice search for Disney+ exclusives, such as Soul, WandaVision and The Mandalorian with your search landing you on a dedicated Show Centre.
Users will also see an improved Sky Go experience this month. The new ‘Continue Watching’ rail means you can pick up on the app where you left off on your Sky Q box and the introduction of ‘Sky Channels’ and ‘Browse by Category’ rails makes is more inline with what’s available on the Sky Q platform. The recent roll out of Sky Go as a widget on iOS also means you can also get to your favourite content directly on your home screen.
Sky will also be adding an impressive accessibility option to the Sky Q platform in the form of their new feature, Voice Guidance. With Voice Guidance, customers with visual impairments will find it much easier to navigate Sky Q’s TV guide, menus, Show Centres, collections, and on-screen messages.
You can start 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 get to your favourite shows and movies.
Voice Guidance works in tandem with Voice Search and existing Sky Q accessibility features and, along with High Contrast Mode and the Accessibility Remote, users should have greater independence when navigating Sky Q.
When it comes to improved personalisation, users will also 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+ 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.”
The updates will begin rolling out to customers from today, Wednesday 31st March and will be with all customers by the end of April.