Rovi Corporation is partnering with Nuance Communications Inc. “to further accelerate voice-activated discovery and guidance applications for cable service providers and consumer-electronics manufacturers.”

Nuance has licensed and will be integrating Rovi’s entertainment data with Dragon TV (Nuance’s voice-and-language-understanding platform for set-top boxes and connected TVs) to provide TV makers and cablecos access to Rovi-indexed content for TV shows, movies, and cast and crew details — just by speaking.??

But that’s not all: Nuance and Rovi are developing a new app they say “marries Dragon TV with Rovi’s innovative guide technology,” resulting in the ability to speak to change the channel; and to browse, bookmark and search for content on both live and on-demand programming.

"Consumers love that today’s cable services and program guides offer so many options for shows, movies, content, information widgets and more. But without an easy way to access and discover that content, today’s digital living room experience is lost," says Michael Thompson, senior vice president/general manager at Nuance Mobile. "By integrating Rovi’s data as part of our Dragon TV platform, people will ultimately be able to lean back and speak to instantly find and discover the shows and content they want."??

Adds Corey Ferengul, executive vice president/Product Management and Strategy at Rovi, "Consumers want easy to use and simple ways for discovering entertainment that doesn’t require a remote control with as many keys as a keyboard. Voice brings?this capability.”

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