Roku Bowing Voice Search in the U.K.

Roku April 24 announced it will soon make its enhanced voice search feature available to Roku users in the United Kingdom.

The software enables users to use their voice to find entertainment to watch. The new feature will be available for Roku players through the Roku mobile app, and for the Roku Streaming Stick+ through the remote control. Roku OS 8.1 will begin to roll out through a software update beginning May 1.

Enhanced Voice Search allows for more natural language understanding and can search for movies, shows, actors and directors, or even launch streaming channels, in a more conversational tone.

“We want to get our customers to the show they want to watch quickly,” Lloyd Klarke, director of product management at Roku, said in a statement. “Enhanced voice search makes it even easier for our users to find new movies and TV shows to watch.”

The Roku mobile app, available for iOS and Android, acts as a remote, streams media from a mobile device to the TV, includes a keyboard and offers features like voice search and private listening. In addition, Roku OS 8.1 will enable private listening for up to four devices concurrently for all Roku players.

Separately, Roku announced the addition of live and linear news content to The Roku Channel. The ad-supported channel now offers access to ABC News Live, in addition to Cheddar, People TV and others.

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