It means viewers will be able to search and control content by voice.
This implementation also removes the need for users to ask for the Netgem TV skill for Alexa by name, meaning you no longer need to ask “Alexa, open netgem.tv, go to BBC One”. Instead you can just command “Alexa, go to BBC One”.
The skill also gives viewers a ‘search and play’ function for enhanced content discovery: for example ‘Alexa, search Killing Eve’ will return all the seasons and episodes.
Sylvain Thevenot, Managing Director, Netgem TV, has commented on the news stating: “Voice Control is rapidly becoming an integral part of how users interact with their devices. The Video Skill APIs represents the latest innovation to enable viewers to better engage with their TV content in an easier, faster and more efficient way. Endless searching and clicking is now kept to a minimum with fast voice control, and losing a remote control is now not an issue in any household.”
Users can use any Alexa-enabled device to switch between apps, live TV content, catch up players and remote control functionality.