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You've been able to search Sky Q by speaking for quite a while now, but Sky has just added more voice features to the mix. Namely: voice control.

This lets you control almost all functions with your voice, so you don't have to lift a finger. OK, you have to hold down one button, but then it's all your vocal chords doing the work.

Excited? You should be. Here are five things you need to know.

1 Start a show

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Even if you know what you want to watch, loading it can be a tiresome process. You have to head to the Sky Q menu, find the relevant section, scroll through the shows... But not with voice control.

Just say "Play 'The Walking Dead'," for example, and it will. No scrolling and no wasted time, which means more time for watching zombies. And that's always a good thing.

2 Change channel

It works with live TV too. Getting bored of 'Antiques Roadshow'? Maybe you want to watch the new series of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' instead?

Just say "change channel to Sky Atlantic" and it's done. No more antiques (unless you count Larry David, that is – he's certainly a treasure of some kind), but lots more laughs.

3 Jump about within the show

Missed the beginning of a show? No problem – voice control lets you skip back.

Say "skip back 30 seconds" or "watch from the start", and it'll do your bidding. Now that's what we call control.

4 Menu options

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You can head to different sections of the Sky Q menu, too. Just say "go to Sky Store", or "go to Sky Sports".

One more neat feature: you can change your accessibility settings. Say "turn on audio description", and it's done. And all without interrupting your viewing.

To carry out these tasks, you'll need the Sky Q touch remote – that's the one with the slightly iffy touch-sensitive pad. So if you've jettisoned it in favour of the old-style push buttons one, better dig it out of the drawer.

5 Other new features

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Voice control lands as part of a software update that's rolling out in the coming weeks. It has a couple more tricks up its sleeve.

Like a new Favourites menu for the EPG. This lets you collect your favourite channels and store them in the same place, in whichever order you like, for easy access.

The second? A dedicated UHD section, where all the 4K content will live. This is only for the Sky Q 2TB box (known as Sky Q Silver when it launched), as the other model can't handle 4K.

4K is a resolution with four times as many pixels as high definition, making for a much sharper image. Sky offers sports like Premier League football, films and select TV shows in the resolution, with more content being added all the time.

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