Four Sky TV voice tricks that are REALLY useful – grab your remote now

Browsing through your Sky TV guide or recording menu can be a bit tedious.

The often nebulous listings can take a long time, especially if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for.

Idris Elba starred in a handy how-to YouTube video about Sky's voice control

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Idris Elba starred in a handy how-to YouTube video about Sky’s voice controlPhoto credit: sky
This is where the voice button is located on various Sky remotes

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This is where the voice button is located on various Sky remotesPhoto credit: sky

Fortunately, there’s another option (that is, if you’re using Sky Q).

Your Sky Q remote comes with a microphone that you can bark into to choose what you want to watch next.

How to use Sky Q voice control

To try it yourself, you need to press the talk button while speaking clearly into the microphone.

This button is located just below the Sky button on your Sky remote.

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When you’re done speaking, release the talk button.

Your Sky Q box will process your request and you will see your voice command on the TV screen.

Before using voice control, make sure your Sky Q Touch Remote / Sky Q Remote is paired with voice control.

Your Sky Q box must also be connected to the internet.

Sky Q voice control commands

Here are some of the best voice commands to use with your Sky Q remote.

What should I see?

Sky can show you personalized TV recommendations if you’re not sure what to watch.

Just say “What do you want me to see” into your Sky Q voice remote.

Seek

Search for specified movie – “[Movie title]”

Search for specified program – “[Programme title]”

Look for content whose stars indicated the actor – “[Actor name]”

Search for content directed by a specific director – “[Director name]”

Search for movies within a specific genre – “[Movie genre]”

Search for sports content within a specific genre. Genres include Football, F1, Rugby Union, Cricket and Rugby League -“[Sport genre]”

Search specific channel – “[Channel name]”

Search for movies with a specific star rating – “[x] Star Movies” “Movies Rated [x] Stars”

Search for content with a specific image format. The picture format includes SD, HD and Ultra HD – “[Picture format]”

Search for sports, teams or competitions – “[Sport Name]”, “[Team Name]”, “[Competition Name]”

launch apps

Start an app by saying the app name or a launch command.

  • “Netflix”
  • “Open YouTube”
  • “Latest news”
  • “Spotify
  • “What’s the weather like?”

Play your recordings

Play recorded or downloaded content.

  • “Play Peppa Pig”
  • “Keep watching Coronation Street”

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