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You can now voice-control your Fetch set-top box with Google Home

Posted: 22 January 2018 7:07 pm


Piff the remote away and channel surf with nothing but the power of your voice.

Support for Google Home has been growing steadily since the smart speaker arrived on Aussie shores late last year, and it's no surprise why: Google is pushing its Google Assistant technology hard, announcing that a raft of new devices will soon be compatible with the virtual assistant at this year's CES.

Latest to throw its hat into Google's ring is the Internet TV service Fetch. Today the company revealed that its Fetch set-top boxes can now hook up with Google-Assistant-powered devices like Google Home and Google Home Mini, allowing users to control them through the power of their voice alone.

Assuming you own both a Google Home speaker and a Fetch box, you simply need to pair the two devices together by saying "OK Google, talk to Fetch", link the relevant accounts through the Google Home mobile app and start barking orders at the little black box beneath your TV.

Currently, Fetch supports voice commands for changing channels, searching for TV shows, setting recording schedules, controlling live playback and launching apps. Support for searching for shows within streaming services like Netflix is still in the works, though, so you'll have to use the ol' remote to get your Black Mirror on.

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