Nuance Powers Orange TV's Mobile App

Nuance Communications' Dragon TV voice technology is powering the Orange France Orange TV experience with its mobile app for Android and iOS, delivering the first voice-enabled trans-service IPTV experience in France.

Orange TV customers will be able to find shows, movies, and other content by speaking into the app on their smartphones or tablets.

Orange TV's new voice interface lets subscribers find live, on-demand, or recorded content, all through Orange TV's mobile app that lets users speak, search, and discover content on the set-top box, as well as content accessible from the mobile app itself. They can even search and discover movie and show titles by genre and record and navigate the program guide by voice.

"The connected and digital home should make life simpler, not more complex. In pursuit of a powerful and yet intuitive experience for our subscribers, we've integrated Dragon TV to deliver an incredibly human way to find and access content. It completely changes the way our subscribers engage Orange TV and marks a first in France for a truly unique digital TV experience," said Christian Bombrun, vice president of marketing entertainment and digital services at Orange France, in a statement

Nuance's Dragon TV leverages deep learning and natural language understanding to create a conversational interface for consumers. Further, Dragon TV's platform is optimized for the digital TV ecosystem, able to recognize names of actors, shows, and movies in both French and English.

"Voice provides service operators and manufacturers an opportunity to transform the traditional TV interface and open doors for subscribers to explore new movies, shows, and other content recommendations otherwise buried in cumbersome on-demand and program guides," said Kenn Harper, vice president and general manager of devices and ecosystem at Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "Seamless voice access to TV content drives more value for both the operator and consumer. Consumers get a new modern interface that in turn helps drive better monetization for the operator."

Dragon TV allows service operators and manufacturers to integrate and deliver a seamless user experience for smart and connected TVs that leverage mobile applications as a digital remote. Nuance's embedded and cloud-based technologies can be deeply integrated right on a remote, TV, or set top box, fully customizable across more than 40 languages, and is extensible across the Internet of Things ecosystem for a fully voice-enabled connected home experience.

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