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TVs get Nuance’s speech controls

Nuance Communications Inc. is getting into the television business.

The Burlington company, a leader in speech-recognition software, has a deal with Panasonic Corp. to add its Dragon TV speech-control technology to Panasonic’s Viera TV line.

Panasonic has begun shipping sets with Dragon TV to Europe; it has not said when similar sets will be available in the United States.

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Dragon TV uses microphones built into the TV to capture the voice of a user. A processor can understand and respond to oral commands. A user can change channels, speaker volume, or other settings by talking.

Many TV makers are expected to add similar features this year.