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Alexa Expands to Video Providers Through Added Skills Kit Feature

Video service providers and Alexa skills developers can now take advantage of new video features, enabling Alexa device owners to consume video content through voice commands.

The Video Skill API is available at the same top level that Alexa uses to build video experiences on Fire TV. This means your customers can open their favorite app and then use their Amazon Echo or other Alexa device to issue commands like “Alexa, find comedies,” “Alexa, tune to HBO,” or “Alexa, play episodes of Modern Family.” Customers can see the commands fulfilled instantly on their preferred streaming video devices.

The Video Skill API also includes a mechanism to enable catalog ingestion for improved accuracy and session management for request targeting based on real usage. The API offers simplified logic to handle requests to any one of potentially multiple video skills that a customer has set up, so your customers can make simple requests like ‘Alexa, Play Manchester by the Sea,’ and Alexa will know what to do.

Full announcement: Amazon Enables Video Providers to Control Content with the Video Skill API – a New Addition to the Alexa Skills Kit


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