In honor of the opening day of Major League Baseball launched the Internet radio TuneIn TuneIn Live, a subscription-based radio service exclusively for Alexa-enabled speakers. Amazon Echo owners can ask Alexa to stream play-by-play broadcasts of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL games, in addition to news content and radio talk shows. All you have to do is just say "Alexa, play the Giants game" or "Alexa, turn ESPN on" and you'll hear news, shows or the big game in no time. Not sure if you will like the service? Interested parties can enjoy a free seven-day trial. At the end of the week, TuneIn Live costs $ 4 a month. Amazon Prime subscribers can save a bit of money as their subscription to TuneIn Live costs only $ 3 a month
"There's such a time-honored connection between live radio and sports, especially baseball," Tony Archibong, TuneIn vice president for Sales and Business Development said in a statement. "Being the first language service provider to offer Alexa our premium content, and to be able to offer our extensive portfolio of live sports, breaking news and current talk radio on time for Alexa customers to open, we could not be more excited. "
According to TuneIn, the company has 75 million users around the world. Given how many Alexa-enabled devices there are in the world today, there will certainly be some overlap between TuneIn users and Echo device owners. TuneIn is already a standard Alexa service that allows users to listen to free radio stations, play podcasts and much more.
In terms of viewership, TuneIn is still far behind Spotify, with 1
TuneIn Live will initially only be available to Alexa users in the US. As of now, those who own Google Home devices will be banned, even though TuneIn's free service does include Google Assistant Smart Home speakers. There is still no news on if and when TuneIn Live will arrive on these Google devices.