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Today AT&T started to contact DIRECTV NOW beta testers (now called AT&T TV NOW) about an update to their Android TV powered beta box. (This is the box that will be used for AT&T TV when it launches.) According to the email the Android TV powered beta box now has expanded Google Assistant controls including changing your channel, turning on and off captions, along with finding something to watch all with using your voice.
AT&T’s streaming player has had Google Assitant since it launched but now AT&T has expanded the Google Assistant integration to include even more voice controls. It has been reported that this new box will be the backbone of AT&T’s new live TV streaming service AT&T TV. (Not to be confused with AT&T TV NOW as they are two different streaming services.)
Here are the features AT&T promoted in its email to beta testers today:
Control your TV with your voice
Find what to watch, change the channel, and turn on captions.1
Your home just got smarter
Dim the lights and set the temperature from the comfort of your couch.1
Ask the Google Assistant all the questions you want, like, “Is it going to rain tomorrow?”2
Here are some things to tell the Google Assistant:
“Tune to CNN” “Put on Ballers”3 “Turn on the captions”
1Additional third-party apps, services and equipment may be required. 2Google login required. 3HBO® subscription required to watch Ballers®.
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