Nordic TV-distributor 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 you to pause a TV show or switch channels.
“The growing interconnectivity of multiple devices and screens brings new opportunities for how we consume television,” explains James Lowther, acting Commercial and Product Director at Com Hem. “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.”
In the beta version of the app, developed for the TiVo-platform, the viewer can browse between channels, view program 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,” concludes Lowther.