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Amazon adds Brazilian Portuguese to Alexa, launches Echo products in Brazil

Amazon has announced the expansion of its Alexa AI assistant to Brazil with the introduction of Brazilian Portuguese. The company will also bring its Echo Dot and Echo Show 5 smart speakers to the country on October 8, followed by the launch of Amazon Echo on November 8. This is part of a significant move into Brazil […]

Vizio improves Alexa functionality

Budget TV maker Vizio has announced additional support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant across its SmartCast TV range.  Previous Alexa capabilities available allowed viewers to perform basic functions such as powering their TVs on or off, changing inputs and playing or pausing video via a nearby Amazon Echo device. The new update allows more content-focused […]

BBC unveils plan for Alexa-rivalling Beeb voice assistant

The BBC is developing a voice assistant to rival Amazon’s Alexa, the broadcaster has revealed. The public service voice assistant – which is being developed with the working title ‘Beeb’ – has been created by an in-house team. It will launch next year and will understand British regional accents – a common problem for voice […]

Netgem integrates Amazon Alexa Skills

Internet TV streaming service, netgem.tv has announced the integration of the Amazon Alexa Video Skill APIs into its TV boxes. For users in practical terms this implementation now means that they no longer need to ask “Alexa, open netgem.tv, go to BBC One”. Instead users can say “Alexa, go to BBC One”. The skill for […]

Alexa to launch on LG TVs

Amazon Alexa, the AI assistant that launched with the Amazon Echo smart speaker in 2015, will be available on LG Smart TVs in North America later in May. The update will come to sets in Europe and Asia at a later date. It was previously announced in January that Alexa would come to ThinQ AI […]

BBC R&D launches new interactive drama for Amazon Alexa

BBC Research and Development has launched a new interactive drama for Amazon Alexa, based on English novelist BS Johnson’s experimental 1969 work The Unfortunates. The drama is a reworked version of a BBC Radio 3 play starring Martin Freeman and listeners can access it for free by asking Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to ‘enable The Unfortunates’. It […]

Netgem TV launched in UK with Freeview Play and Amazon

Netgem has launched its Netgem TV offering in the UK, featuring content from partners including Freeview Play and Amazon Prime Video. Netgem TV, which aggregates a range of content, providing access to ‘skinny bundling’ offerings and other services, is currently available on Netgem’s own branded devices, including its recently launched SoundBox device. In addition to […]

Amazon launches Alexa and Amazon Prime Music in France

Amazon has launched its Alexa and Echo voice-enabled assistants in France, with TV technology provider Netgem named among the companies that will integrate the technology in their devices. The launch of Alexa means that French customers will be able to purchase Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot voice-controlled speakers, while French developers will be able […]

BBC launches Amazon Alexa voice service

The BBC has launched an Amazon Alexa skill for Echo devices – its first full voice app for voice-controlled smart speakers. The app makes the BBC’s full range of live radio stations and on-demand podcasts available to Amazon Echo and Alexa users for the first time, with users able to access these by asking for […]

UKTV launches voice-enabled search on Amazon Fire TV

UKTV has claimed it is the first UK broadcaster to make its on-demand programming available to find through voice-enabled universal search on Amazon Fire TV. Viewers can now find UKTV shows by speaking into their remote control for compatible Alexa voice-enabled models of the Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick. Once detected, the Amazon […]

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