Voice Search is everywhere these days. Google's expanding its Search app to pull contact information, Glass is controlled via voice commands, and iOS's Siri is now integrated with the Chevrolet Sonic. With the latest update to the DIRECTV app, customers can now use voice search to find out what's on television.


What's new in this version:

  • Just talk as you would to a person and the app finds what you’re looking for.
  • Search for programs by mentioning title, channel, keyword, actor, time frame, genre and more.
  • Switch to TV mode to see your dialogue and search results on your TV screen. HD DVR (HR24+) required. Your phone and HD DVR must be connected to same Wi-Fi network.
  • See personalized recommendations as soon as you switch to TV mode.

I'll admit, I scoffed at first, but this update actually makes sense. My biggest qualm with cable and satellite television, aside from the excessive commercials, is the amount of time spent searching. This latest update does its best to fight this problem. If traditional media wants to remain competitive, reducing the effort to find content is a great place to start. Of course, lowering prices wouldn't hurt either. At least the app's free. Hit up the widget below.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • michael interbartolo

    what would be nice is since the phone(app) and the DVR could be on the same network is if the app could change channels for you based on voice commands.

    • Derek Duncan

      the tablet app can do this

      • michael interbartolo

        interesting I didn't realize that. course my tablet has been busted for a few months. will have to try on the kids tablet. thanks for the heads up.

    • Vanessa

      It can do this if you connect your phone to the same WiFi as the STB. Just say "tune to HBO" or whichever channel you'd like.

  • Chris

    I'm sorry but anyone who watches "The "real" housewives" needs to just kill themselves...