Amazon is working hard to improve the Alexa capabilities and with the today’s update, Alexa will be able to record DVR using voice commands. This new feature will allow Alexa to start recordings, launch an app, and carry out playback commands. Amazon also confirmed that multiple Dish TV operators like Dish, Verizon, TiVo, and DirecTV are working to build Alexa skills.
DISH customers love the convenience that our Alexa compatibility brings to their home entertainment. 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.
– Niraj Desai, DISH vice president of product management
Users will need to use commands like “Alexa, record the Mariners game,” and their TV provider will start the recording. Amazon also has improved the launcher capabilities so the users can use commands like “Alexa, launch Prime Video,” to launch a specific app or service.
Some TV providers supported many of these commands but at the end, it all boils down to one thing, whether developers will work to support new features or not. Amazon can, at most, add new features but it’s developers who have to make sure that their apps or skills support the new features.