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 […]

Amazon launches new 4K UHD Fire TV device

Amazon has launched of its Fire TV streaming device featuring support for 4K Ultra HD video, HDR and Alexa voice-enabled remote. The device, which Amazon says is 40% more powerful than the existing Fire TV Stick, will retail for US$69.99 (€59.53) in the US. The new device, which will begin shipping to US customers on […]

Amazon and Microsoft to add voice assistant compatibility

Amazon and Microsoft have announced plans to add compatibility between their respective voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, later this year. Microsoft hailed the deal as a “first-of-its-kind collaboration” that will offer more choice, value and access to both personal assistants. Consumers will be able to access Cortana on Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, Echo […]

EE TV launches Amazon Alexa voice control

EE TV has launched voice control through the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices, giving its TV customer the ability to ask for information about what is on TV and to record shows. The move makes the BT-owned outfit the first UK service provider to provide an Amazon Alexa skillset on its set-top boxes. Users […]

Viacom launches Daily Show on Amazon’s Alexa in the UK

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is launching a spin-off digest of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for Amazon Alexa users in the UK. Customers that use Amazon’s voice control service will be able to access a Daily Show Flash Briefing, featuring daily new snippets from the Comedy Central late night talk show. UK fans […]

BBC works on voice-activated kids content

The BBC’s Research and Development arm has been working on prototype projects with BBC Children’s that make use of voice user interfaces. Revealing details of the collaboration in a company blog post, BBC R&D said it had created two software prototypes – one that runs on Amazon’s Alexa platform and one on Apple’s iOS. “The […]

YouView taps Amazon’s Alexa for voice controls

YouView is piloting Amazon’s Alexa voice service in a bid to bring voice controls to its connected set-top boxes.  YouView claims to be one of the first developers worldwide to work with the new Alexa Video Skill API, and said it aims to make it easier for viewers to interact with YouView’s content and apps. Ultimately, […]

Amazon’s Alexa helps out with Eurovision Song Contest discovery

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has developed a new Eurovision Song Contest-related skill for Amazon’s Alexa voice service, allowing users to discover and listen to Eurovision winnwers of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices. The Eurovision feature, developed jointly by the EBU’s Technology and innovation and media departments, allows users in the UK, Germany, Austria […]

New Amazon Fire TV Stick launches in the UK

Amazon has started to ship its new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote built-in to customers in the UK for the first time. Amazon claims that the new device is 30% faster than the previous version of the Fire TV Stick, and has been redesigned with a quad-core processor and “the fastest Wi-Fi of […]

Amazon expands Fire TV and Alexa with TV, DVR deals

Amazon is opening out its Fire TV interface and Alexa voice control functionality with new TV and DVR deals that have been announced ahead of CES. TV and display manufacturers Seiki, Westinghouse Electronics and Element Electronics have announced a new line of 4K ultra HD smart TVs, called Amazon Fire TV Edition. These sets are […]