EE TV Gets Amazon Alexa Integration

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While the tech is far from ideal (users must remain with range of Alexa for it to work), it is yet another of the abundant innovations made recently in using technology to improve mobility assistance. By closing or ignoring this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

EE TV has integrated Amazon's Alexa digital assistant with the EE set top box, via Amazon Echo or Dot, so that subscribers can issue voice commands to control programming.

EE TV, which launched in 2014, is based on a set-top box developed by Netgem.

For instance, the query "Alexa, ask EE TV what's on tonight?" results in Alexa offering up a choice of three programmes, now limited to UK Freeview (free to air) channels. The skill works whether EE TV is switched on or in standby mode. (AMZN) is opening up development for Alexa to outside developers for the first time.

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Customers can link EE TV to their Alexa account by enabling the EE TV skill via the Alexa app.

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"Skills that make customers' lives easier, either by helping them keep track of things or do something easily, can become a daily habit that customers want to use regularly", Amazon said in a statement.

"This is much more natural, and an experience that will get even better in future", said Alexa Skills Kit's General Manager Fabrice Rousseau of the update. Amazon's APIs are also recognized as being accessible for video services.

"EE continues to push the boundaries with its TV service", noted Paolo Pescatore, Vice President, Multiplay and Media, CCS Insight.

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