Amazon is rolling out another major update for Alexa / EchoDot which once implemented will allow you to record your upcoming TV series and Movies over voice. These Video Skill API include support for recording, launcher, and state reporting, and coming soon for video service providers such as DISH, Verizon, TiVo, and DIRECTV.
Customers will be able to find and consume video content without invoking a specific skill. Through the Video Skill API, Alexa is aware of the video devices and services your customer has or subscribes to. You create skills that connect your applications directly to Alexa’s video capabilities so that customers can control your content—without lifting a finger.
In simple words, using these APIS, Service providers will be able to manage, launch apps on their TV, and also navigate through their interfaces. The skills can also persist for the time the customers are engaged with the TV, and they can pause whatever is on the TV without invoking a skill. Its similar to how we turn on or turn off smart devices.
Companies like DISH, Verizon, TiVo, and DIRECTV are already creating experiences using the Video Skill API to voice enable their customers’ video experiences.
“DISH customers love the convenience that our Alexa compatibility brings to their home entertainment,” said Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management. “With Amazon’s updates to the Video Skill API, DISH has the ability to deepen our Alexa integration and continue working toward providing our customers with a completely Hands-Free TV experience.”
“By integrating with Amazon’s Video Skill API, TiVo is making it even easier to control entertainment with your voice,” said Ted Malone, VP of Consumer Products and Services, TiVo. “Simply ask Alexa to change the TV channel using either the channel name or number. Pause, fast forward or rewind any of your live TV, DVR recordings and popular Internet streaming services.”