Alexa's ability to control DVRs will improve in the near future. Amazon announced today that it has updated its Video Skill API so Alexa can now start recording, launching an app, or running playback commands. Several set-top box manufacturers have already committed to updating or building Alexa capabilities with these features, including Dish, Verizon, TiVo, and DirecTV. Amazon says some have already experimented with these new features.
Users can say things like "Alexa, draw the Cubs game," and the set-top box will schedule a shoot. You can also tell the wizard to launch certain apps or services, such as "Alexa, start Netflix." Finally, they can say "Alexa, pause" without having to explicitly name their name. Top box. Some users were formerly able to use these commands, but the developers of those skills had to do extra work on their end to make it work. Now, other developers can implement it more easily. We can all scream at Alexa, even if our set-top box maker does not want to do any extra work. Anything that makes interacting with Alexa less painful is cool to me!