Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: New Releases on Netflix
Description: This is a flash briefing that shows the new releases on Netflix. When the user says “What’s in the News”, it will give the list of new movies on Netflix that are released this week. Using this Flash Briefing, Amazon Alexa customers can enjoy the latest Netflix series. This unofficial flash briefing is not associated with Netflix.
Real world use: So, I enabled this Alexa skill for my own use. I actually stream through Hulu and Amazon Prime these days more than Netflix, but Netflix is still a great place to catch up on old series, Netflix originals, or older movies. However, I feel that I’d stream through Netflix more if I only knew what was recently added. The Netflix interface is not great for revealing its latest golden nuggets. You’d think Netflix would’ve fix that by now, but, it is what it is.
This particular skill has already proven useful in a couple instances. It reads off the most recently added content, which is extremely useful to me – and probably will be useful to many of you. However, it should be noted that it will read off both streaming and DVD-only content and not give you any sense of the difference. For example, today it told me that “A Dog’s Purpose” was available, but a quick search on Netflix showed that it was DVD-only.
The other caveat is that this skill only works as a Flash Briefing component. You can’t just ask Alexa for what’s new on Netflix, you have to add it to your daily flash briefing and invoke Alexa to give you the news. Until this gets fixed, I’ve added it to the very top of my Flash Briefing so I can get that information first and then tell Alexa to stop – if that’s all the information I wanted.
So, there’s some potential here – but a couple annoyances (to me) that need to be fixed.
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