If you had one wish to improve your television viewing experience, what would it be?
If you replied, “A channel that shows nothing but repeats of The A-Team 24 hours a day”, then well done, you are correct.
But a good second wish would be “a Foxtel remote that features a Netflix button and is also voice-activated”.
Sadly, the A-Team channel remains a dream. Happily, the magical one-stop Foxtel-Netflix voice remote is very much a reality, as new Foxtel IQ box users discovered last month when the remotes were delivered to their homes, shiny and new and ready to deliver a whole world of sedentary entertainment.
Foxtel has not unrolled its full Netflix functionality as yet, but it looks like subscribers to a combined Foxtel-Netflix service will be able to access the Netflix app onscreen in much the same way as users of Fetch boxes, Apple TVs or smart TVs can now – with Netflix’s determination to achieve world domination gaining it the privilege of a dedicated button.
The voice activation feature is even more exciting, as it could mean the days of finger RSI from channel surfing could be over. And the days of channel-surfing laryngitis could be just beginning.