SK Broadband launches AI IPTV service
A voice-controlled artificial intelligence (AI) Internet protocol TV (IPTV) service has been unveiled by South Korea’s SK Broadband.The SK Broadband IPTV B tv set-top box has been integrated with affiliate SK Telecom’s AI platform NUGU – with the resultant service named B tv x NUGU.
The voice search function even allows customers to search for a programme without knowing the name of the programme, the IPTV operator claims. “After the search results come out, customers can perform additional searches until when they find the content they want,” an SK Broadband official told the Korea Times. A search could first select all films of a particular genre, then refine that search to select only free content, and then narrow it still further to select only those starring a particular actor, for example.
“Previously, users could search for certain words only using the voice search service, but the new service enables more complicated searches by natural language,” said Youn Seug-am, head of media at SK Broadband, adding that the company will continue to develop its natural voice processing ability. Voice search options provided by B tv x NUGU include weather, sports results, horoscope, dictionaries and Wikipedia. SK Telecom hopes the development will help drive the number of customers using NUGU in their homes.
Overall, the company is targeting a monthly figure of five million NUGU, including those using its AI navigation system T Map x NUGU.
Other smart devices at home, including air conditioners and air purifiers, can also be controlled by the box.