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Com Hem trials smartwatch-controlled TV

January 5, 2016

Nordic triple-play operator Com Hem has developed a trial application for smartwatches, giving users control of their TV from their Apple or Android watch. The app turns the smartwatch into the remote control, enabling users to pause a TV show or switch channels.

The app is a result of Com Hem’s continuous efforts to find new ways to enhance the TV experience for its customers.

“The growing interconnectivity of multiple devices and screens brings new opportunities for how we consume television. At Com Hem we are constantly looking at how consumer needs are evolving, and we are investigating how wearables can enhance the television experience to make it more fun and simple. This trial is part of that effort,“ revealed James Lowther, acting Commercial and Product Director at Com Hem.

In the beta version of the app, developed for the TiVo platform, the viewer can browse between channels, view programme information and also use the watch as a remote control. In the Android version of the app, the viewer can also select a channel through voice command.

“We are still in the development stage but we believe wearables can make controlling your TV easier and more convenient. This is a prototype; if there is an interest among our customers, we will launch a live version,” Lowther confirmed.

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