Telstra TV gets voice commands via Google Assistant integration

Brodie Fogg 9 November 2018 NEWS

Voice commands are available for 11 content partners, including Netflix and SBS On Demand.

If you're a Telstra customer with an interest in home automation, Telstra TV's latest feature will allow you to integrate your favourite streaming apps into your smart home ecosystem.

As of today, Telstra's spin on the popular Roku streaming box supports Google Assistant integration so you can hook link it up with your Google Home or Google Home Mini and begin navigating the labyrinthine libraries of Netflix, Foxtel and more with the power of your pipes.

At launch, there are 11 content partners that support Telstra TV's Google Assistant integration:

  • Foxtel Now
  • Netflix
  • Stan
  • BigPond Movies
  • 7plus
  • 9now
  • Tenplay
  • ABC iview
  • SBS On Demand
  • AnimeLab
  • DocPlay

There's a whole list of voice commands over on Telstra's website but the basics are what you'd expect: "Hey Google, turn on Telstra TV," "Hey Google, search for Stranger Things on Telstra TV," "Hey Google, pause Telstra TV, resume Telstra TV..." so on and so on.

Using the voice-activated universal search has you speaking to Google Home, which will speak to Telstra TV for you, which will then speak to your preferred streaming platform. It's a crowded conversation.

The announcement comes just a day after Fox Sports announced its new sports streaming platform Kayo, which will be available on Telstra TV amongst other devices. Telstra tells us there's no voice assistant support for Kayo just yet. Granted, the app is still in its beta with a full release expected in the next few weeks.

Telstra TV is available on select NBN and ADSL plans

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