Forget Alexa, Siri, and Cortana – DIRECTV’s Voice Control beats them all!

All of a sudden talking is big. We’ve reached this critical mass with Alexa, Google, Siri, Cortana, and all those other voice-command bots that it seems like talking to your mobile device has become the norm. It’s funny because we talk to people less than ever, preferring to text or use social media to communicate with our fellow humans.

Voice control may be the new hotness everywhere else, but it’s old hat to DIRECTV. You may not have realized it, but you’ve been able to use voice search for your satellite system for years! I first blogged about it back in 2013, and if you haven’t seen our full review, it’s worth a look.

All you need is your cell phone, the DIRECTV app for smartphones, and a networked DIRECTV receiver. You probably already have all those things. You can search using your TV screen, you can even change channels by voice. That’s more than you can do with most voice control systems.

I don’t use this feature much, but when I am doing a lot of searching, I use it heavily especially since my streaming box has a similar feature. I find it incredibly useful.

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Stuart Sweet
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