The latest update is the arrival of the ROXi music service on the platform. For those who aren’t aware, this app is designed to bring a healthy mix of unlimited music streaming, games based around tracks and artists, radio stations, and most excitingly of all, Karaoke.
Using the ROXi app that dropped overnight into the My Apps tab on their set-top box, Sky customers can now listen to over 55 million songs, challenge their music knowledge with interactive music trivia games or enjoy hundreds of playlists curated by celebrities like such as Robbie Williams and Sheryl Crow.
While some of these features were already available to Sky Q viewers thanks to Spotifiy app, ROXi has some unique capabilities too, including the Karaoke and quiz components, which you won’t be able to do with any of the other offerings in the My Apps tab. Or, if you’d rather not click your way around the menus on Sky Q, you can simply say “Open ROXi” or “launch ROXi” into your Sky Q voice remote.
The arrival of ROXi marks the first time the music entertainment experience has been available on any hardware other than ROXi’s own dedicated Music Entertainment Console. If you’ve been looking to try the service, it means you won’t have to pay for a new gadget – as it’s already available in your living room.
Fraser Stirling, Group Chief Product Officer, said: “Having access to all your favourite apps on the big TV screen is more important than ever, as we use our televisions for everything from entertainment to fitness. ROXi is the latest in a line of brilliant services to be added to Sky Q, so you can get music, games, online video, education and TV all in one place.
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Sky said it redesigned the menu to allow customers to see more of the content they like. The homscreen now displays more television shows, films, online video, podcasts, music and games recommended based on what is popular with Sky customers, live events taking place, and customers’ viewing history on their box.
Voice search has also been improved with users now able to control more aspects of the device via speech commands. For example, saying “thrillers with Nicole Kidman” will bring up relevant suggestions of what to watch. You’ll soon be able to ask for entertainment themes too, such as ‘new shows’, ‘Halloween’ or ‘Christmas’.
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