That's what's supposed to happen.
When you press and hold the microphone, it makes a chirp, and the light at the top of the remote turns blue
When you let go of the button, the remote makes a multitone chirp.
You will also get a blue light and a very different tone if the remote does not get a response from the set-top box that it (thinks that it) is paired to. (To test/experience this on a working setup, unplug power from the set-top box and press the Mic button on the remote.)
At the very least, when you press the Mic button on the remote, you should see some sort of on-screen response, even if you have Voice Control disabled in your Privacy settings. If voice commands are not working, you should also see an on-screen error message.
If you are not seeing any response, it's possible that you may have gotten your remotes mixed up. The easiest way to fix this is to reset the remote back to defaults (by entering setup code 981) and then redo the process of pairing and programming the remote.
You can also run into strange problems if the batteries in your remote are running low. To check this, go to Settings / Remote Settings.
It’s always been kind of hit and miss but recently it doesn’t seem to recognize anything I say at all. Not sure if I’ve dropped the remote too many times and damaged the mic or if it’s a software issue. Anyone else experience this?
Thank you for posting your concerns to the community.
I use the voice search often too. It's a very convenient option to use and very intuitive. We have not heard of this specific issue as of yet.
Are there any other Ignite TV users in the community who are experiencing similar issues with the voice search?
It is just one Ignite box. The other box works fine. Yes, I have unplugged it and plugged back in.. I have restarted it. I have even unplugged the modem and plugged it back in.
Another thing that has started to happen (on this box only) is that I turn on the TV and it comes on and then after 5 or so seconds, the sound goes off. I need to turn the TV off and back on again and it is fine.
Thanks for your reply! If you’re having trouble with your Ignite voice remote, one of the first things you should do is check the battery level. Use voice commands and say ‘Battery’ or ‘Remote settings’ in to your voice remote. The battery life will appear on your screen.
Or you can do it this way:
Note: If your LED blinks red five times when pressing any button, this indicates that your battery power is extremely low and the AA batteries should be replaced as soon as possible as this can prevent the remote from functioning properly.
If you're still experiencing issues, you might need to re-pair or re-program your remote to work with your Ignite TV box, your TV or other devices. Once you’ve unpaired your remote, you’ll need to re-pair/re-program it. Click here for step by step instructions on how to do this.
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Feel free to check out the Troubleshooting the Ignite TV Voice Remote article. 🙂
Thanks. battery is fine. I did all you mentioned including pairing and replacing the batteries just in case but no change.
So, you are insinuating it is the remote and not the Ignite box?
What about the second issue with the sound not matching the lips?
In order to fix the audio sync issue, I'll need to know how the audio is setup as there's a couple potential reasons for audio to be out of sync.
How do you have the audio set up in your home? Are you using a sound bar or home entertainment system? Is it connected via HDMI or an optical cable? Are you using ARC? Or is it simply directly connected to the TV via HDMI?
Is the sound arriving early or is it coming in after it should?
Please let me know so that I can offer a solution. I encountered a similar issue on my own personal TV at home and was able to resolve it, so I'm familiar with this particular issue.