Sky has pushed out a long-awaited update to Sky TV subscribers
Sky has rolled-out a major update to its Sky Q hardware today.
The blockbuster software update enables the long-rumoured voice search functionality, as well as a swathe of new personalisation options for your homepage.
Sky first teased the ability to search for shows using your voice during the launch of Sky Q, back in November 2015.
In late November 2016, it promised the long-awaited feature would ship to customers in "early 2017". And now, it's finally here.
Following the latest software update, Sky Q owners can press and hold the dedicated voice button on the side of the bluetooth Sky Q touch remote – and simply say what they're looking for.
Sky Q users can ask their next-generation set-top box to take them to movies, like "Zootropolis", or television seasons by saying the name of the show, like "Billions".
Press and hold the Voice Search button, then ask for movies from your favourite director
Best of all, you don't even have to be that specific – with customers able to ask for the new "Liverpool game" to be taken to the next Premier League fixture.
Sky has also programmed some nice Easter eggs into the new functionality.
For example, movie buffs can search the Sky Cinema catalogue using some of cinema's most iconic quotes, including “Say hello to my little friend” and “I'll have what she's having".
It's also possible to narrow your searches using other criteria, including asking for "something new", a specific film genre, the age of the movie – or even it's star rating.
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Like rival devices including Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, customers can also filter their options by actors and directors.
So, Sky customers can ask for "films with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone" or "movies directed by Edgar Wright".
The latest software update also sees Sky make a dramatic change to the Sky Q homepage.
Sky has tweaked the main menu – making the My Q tab the new Sky Q homepage.
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To bring more personalisation and advice on the best new shows, the revamped My Q page will now carry recommendations based on household viewing as well as top new series from all channels across Sky Q.
And the Continue Watching section will allow customers to pick up where they left off from an episode in a series.
Sky Q has also shaken-up the menu order – with Recordings and TV Guide now only a swipe away on the new My Q homepage.
This should temper some of the complaints that Sky buried the TV Guide tab in the Sky Q menu, prioritising its own curated tabs over the traditional EPG that most customers still favoured.
The new Sky Q update also brings the ability to watch Facebook videos within the My Photos application.
Voice Search is only compatible with the bluetooth touchpad remote control
Customers can use the My Photos App on Sky Q to sign into their Facebook profile and see their latest photos and videos on the big screen.
Sky brand director of TV and content products, Luke Bradley-Jones said: "'May the force be with you' with your new voice search.
"Just ask Sky Q to 'show me the money' by pressing the side of the touch remote, making it even easier and faster to find, discover and watch the TV you love."
Sky is working on a number of new features for its Sky Q hardware set for release later this year.
Then UK broadcaster has teased that voice control and sports restart are in the pipeline for a future update.
And in 2018, Sky will launch Sky TV without the need for a satellite dish, bringing Sky to millions more homes.