Dumb Tech: Comcast Voice-Activated Remote Declares the ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ an ‘Obscenity’


So, you settle in with your voice-activated Comcast remote control and decide you want to watch a few episodes of that wonderful old classic, The Dick Van Dyke Show. Only instead of taking you to your favorite old sitcom, the Comcast remote scolds you for using foul language when you ask for the show.

That’s right, Comcast thinks you are cursing at its remote when you say, “Dick Van Dyke.”

No dicks or dykes, for Comcast, apparently.

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The remote is a wonder of technology, granted. It can fast forward, rewind, change channels, and search for movies and TV shows to beat the band, and all you have to do is speak to it.

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Unless you are a Dick fan.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Two users have confirmed to THR that the remote gets snippy when asked to play episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show. “Sorry, I cannot handle commands with that type of language,” it responds. Commands for “Dick Van Dyke” are now able to be completed after the problem was discovered, according to an Xfinity spokesperson: “We want to provide our customers with a best-in-class voice control experience that is also safe and appropriate for every member of the family. Last month alone, our customers issued 700 million voice commands, and when issues like this arise, we work to address them quickly.”

I guess the Comcast remote won’t help you at all when you are trying to get around at the Playboy channel!

Is there still a Playboy channel?

Anyway, Comcast did update its system to allow the search for Mr. Van Dyke’s many captivating works.

But, as THR notes, there is no word on other great films such as, Dick Tracy, Moby Dick, and Fun With Dick and Jane.

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