Nuance Powers Voice Capabilities for Philips Smart TVs

Nuance announced today that its Dragon TV solution is behind the new interactive voice capabilities featured as part of Philips TV's 2013 high-end Smart TVs product lineup. The announcement was made at the Nuance Mobile Forum in China.

China is one of the first markets to ship Philips' voice-enabled Smart TV experience. This marks Dragon TV's Asian debut with support for Mandarin Chinese.

Philips TV uses Nuance's Dragon TV's voice recognition to create an intuitive and conversational experience for consumers. By simply speaking to the Philips Smart TV remote, users can gain quick and simple access to movies, shows, and features that were once impossible to successfully access with a standard TV remote. Users, for example, can say, "Find movies with Zhang Ziyi," and Dragon TV will access and display the list of available options. Dragon TV lets people take advantage of connected TV content with voice-enabled Web search in Mandarin Chinese and English, while also offering bilingual support. Philips' new Smart TV models PFL8830, PFL8730, and PFL7730 featuring Dragon TV are now available in China.

"Voice has quickly become a high-demand interface for Smart TV interactions because of its simplicity; as humans, speaking is as intuitive as it gets," said Daniel Cheng, general manager of Nuance Greater China region, in a statement. "By working with customers such as Philips TV, we're driving a new ecosystem of connected TV experiences that make the digital living room an incredibly compelling space for content and entertainment."

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