Why does Cortana respond to TV conversations?

  1. Posts : 83
    Windows 10

    Why does Cortana respond to TV conversations?

    For example, I had the TV going, someone said "Thank you" (not preceded with Hey Cortana), Cortana opened up and said "No problem". This happens all the time.

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  2. Posts : 13,971
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint

    Why does Cortana respond to TV conversations?
    Maybe because Cortana can hear them? Or maybe because there's built-in phrases that are recognized? Maybe the microphone is aimed at or too close to speakers? Maybe the mic is not noise-cancelling, picks up background noise in the room? I don't have a need for Cortana so those are merely guesses.
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  3. Posts : 83
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    No doubt the microphone is picking up the TV dialogue, but the point is no one on TV is saying the wake phrase, "Hey Cortana".
    Last edited by JeffL; 15 Apr 2021 at 14:26.
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  4. Posts : 42,874
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Cortana has changed a lot from 1903 to 20H2.
    In 20H2 there seems to be nothing in Settings for Cortana = no Hey Cortana option. (Searching for Cortana -> no results).

    In the app as it now is, there's a Settings option, and it refers to the 'wake' word as 'Cortana'.

    Now just how confusing can MS get?

    Actually that takes you to this in Settings:
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