A future version of BBC iPlayer could use voice recognition to listen to who’s in the room before suggesting programmes to watch, and may even ‘hear’ if the kids have gone to bed before offering adult programming.

BBC’s next-generation version of the on-demand streaming TV service is working with Microsoft in order to see how to integrate voice technology into its product for user interaction. In a blog by BBC’s Head of Digital Partnerships, Cyrus Saihan, he describes an experimental version of iPlayer that “uses artificial intelligence to allow individuals to sign into BBC services using their unique voiceprint and to talk to their TV to select what they want to watch”. Read more…