clear
Wednesday April 25th, 2018 10:11PM

Roku to chime in with voice-controlled assistant

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Roku plans to add a voice-controlled digital assistant to its streaming TV players in an attempt to catch up with Google, Apple and Amazon.

Roku's voice capabilities are currently limited to performing search requests and launching apps. The assistant will be able to field broader requests about video, music and other tasks tied to entertainment.

Still, that's a much narrower scope than the assistants already available from its bigger rivals in the battle to build digital command centers in people's homes. Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa can perform tasks and control appliances that have nothing do with entertainment.

Roku could fall even further behind before its assistant reaches homes. Although it was announced Wednesday, the assistant won't be released until this fall as part of a software update.

By the time that its assistant comes out, Roku hopes to have an array of agreements to license its software to the manufacturers of smart speakers, sound bars and other audio devices.

Roku also announced its plans to wirelessly connect its video players with sound systems Wednesday, expanding upon the partnerships that it already has forged with television manufacturers during the past five years.

TCL will be the first manufacturer to design a sound system tied to Roku's video players. More details about that device will be released next week when Roku and other technology companies gather for a major electronics show in Las Vegas.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Entertainment, AP Online TV News, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News, AP Technology News
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ginobili's pass a 3-pointer; Popovich 5th in coaching wins
Aldridge scores 29, Ginobili's pass goes in for 3-pointer, Popovich reaches milestone in Spurs' 100-91 win over Knicks
9:25AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Roku to chime in with voice-controlled assistant
Roku plans to add a voice-controlled digital assistant to its streaming TV players in an attempt to catch up with Google, Apple and Amazon
9:17AM ( 16 minutes ago )
Pro-government rallies in Iran after days of protest, unrest
Iranian state media airing footage of pro-government demonstrations after week of protests, unrest over poor economy
9:17AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Jessica Chastain: 'Major change is coming' to Hollywood
Hollywood's first awards show of the new year included a visit from Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot and a promise from Jessica Chastain that "major change is coming" to how women are treated in the industry
7:09AM ( 2 hours ago )
10 Things to Know for Today
Among 10 Things to Know: North Korea reopens cross-border communications with South Korea; 2 Democrats to be sworn in as senators, narrow GOP majority; Winter storm forecast to dump snow from Florida to Carolinas
6:00AM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Koreas reopen key communication channel
The Latest: South Korea says 2 Koreas restore key communication channel at border village
2:02AM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
College Football Playoff TV ratings rise on return to Jan. 1
With the semifinals back New Year's Day, ESPN viewership for the College Football Playoff was the highest it has been since the first season of the postseason system four years ago
4:55PM ( 16 hours ago )
NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on 'Today'
NBC News says Hoda Kotb will replace Matt Lauer as co-anchor with Savannah Guthrie of the first two hours of the 'Today' show
2:24PM ( 19 hours ago )
Documentary on actress-activist Rose McGowan coming to E!
Actress and activist Rose McGowan will be the subject of a new documentary TV series on E!, with the first part of "Citizen Rose" on Jan. 30
12:58PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Online TV News
New Year rally pushes global shares higher
Global shares gain as Europe tracks China-led advance in Asia
8:20AM ( 1 hour ago )
Winter storm threatens to dump ice, snow across South
Brutal winter weather that's brought subzero temperatures to parts of the U.S. is now threatening to dump snow and ice across areas of the South from Florida to the Carolinas that rarely see frozen flurries, much less accumulation
8:13AM ( 1 hour ago )
Winter storm forecast to dump snow from Florida to Carolinas
Brutal winter weather that's brought subzero temperatures to parts of the U.S. is now threatening to dump snow and ice across parts of the South from Florida to the Carolinas that rarely see frozen flurries, much less accumulation
6:20AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Business
Trump throws full US support behind protesters in Iran
The Trump administration is throwing the full weight of the United States government behind the protesters taking to the streets of Iran
5:59PM ( 15 hours ago )
US calls on Iran to unblock social media sites amid protests
The Trump administration is calling on Iran's government to stop blocking Instagram and other popular social media sites as Iranians are demonstrating in the streets
1:31PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Technology News
Pro-government rallies in Iran after days of protest, unrest
Iranian state media airing footage of pro-government demonstrations after week of protests, unrest over poor economy
9:17AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Trump warns Palestinian Authority it may lose US aid money
President Donald Trump is threatening to cut off U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority and acknowledging that the Middle East peace process appears to be stalled.
9:00AM ( 34 minutes ago )
Kentucky lawmakers to attend anti-harassment training
Kentucky lawmakers must attend anti-harassment training one day after the House speaker temporarily stepped aside while investigators probe a secret sexual harassment settlement signed by four Republicans
8:59AM ( 34 minutes ago )
Trump boasts of 'nuclear button' but doesn't really have one
President Donald Trump is boasting that he has a bigger and more powerful "nuclear button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un _ but the president doesn't actually have a physical button
8:58AM ( 36 minutes ago )
Study: Young male migrants fuel rise in violence in Germany
A study funded by the German government finds that the influx of mostly young, male migrants led to an increase in violent crime
8:57AM ( 36 minutes ago )