Atlantic Broadband melds Amazon Alexa, TiVo

Atlantic Broadband has added Amazon Alexa voice control functionality to its TiVo-powered video platform. The addition is intended to allow ...

Atlantic Broadband has added Amazon Alexa voice control functionality to its TiVo-powered video platform.

The addition is intended to allow Atlantic Broadband TiVo customers with an Amazon Alexa voice assistant device to issue hands-free voice commands from anywhere in a room ("far-field") without the need for a remote control. The functionality includes pause, rewind, fast-forward, channel changes, and the ability to open streaming apps like Netflix via voice commands.

Alexa uses a natural language speech recognition system to deliver commands when paired to the TiVo unit.

"This new Amazon Alexa integration with our TiVo-powered video platform combines ease of use with powerful functionality to dramatically elevate the in-home TV entertainment experience for our customers," said Heather McCallion, vice president of products and programming for Atlantic Broadband. "Today we're able to deliver even greater value to our customers through innovative virtual assistant technology."

Atlantic Broadband launched TiVo's gateway platform in 2013. The following year, it integrated Netflix into its video platform. Last summer, Atlantic Broadband introduced a new user interface for the TiVo platform.

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