BBC and Microsoft partnered to see how the iPlayer service might use voice as a controlling mechanism

BBC partnered with Microsoft to develop its iPlayer streaming service. One experimental feature the the two companies worked on together allows a user to access their account and browse content using voice commands.

When a user goes to access their account by voice, the service acknowledges the person speaking and asks them to say their specific paraphrase—essentially a vocal password. During this process, the service also listens for other voices in the room. If the iPlayer detects younger members of the family in the room, the service lists more family-friendly shows rather than programs the user typically watches alone. When a user accesses the menu, they can use voice as a remote and request the iPlayer to go to a particular show by first saying, “BBC,” followed by the show.

BBC created the voice control as an internal experiment and has not yet announced any plans to release the tool to the public.

BBC iPlayer Voice

BBC partnered with Microsoft to develop its iPlayer streaming service. One experimental feature the the two companies worked on together allows a user to access their account and browse content using voice commands.

When a user goes to access their account by voice, the service acknowledges the person speaking and asks them to say their specific paraphrase—essentially a vocal password. During this process, the service also listens for other voices in the room. If the iPlayer detects younger members of the family in the room, the service lists more family-friendly shows rather than programs the user typically watches alone. When a user accesses the menu, they can use voice as a remote and request the iPlayer to go to a particular show by first saying, “BBC,” followed by the show.