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Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Echo hit 28 new markets

Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Echo hit 28 new markets

When it comes to smart speakers, the BBC is actively embracing the future.

The Washington Capitals became the first professional sports team to unveil an Alexa Skill for Amazon's voice-controlled speaker market.

The Alexa Skill gives access to live and on demand content from the BBC's 10 national, 6 United Kingdom nations and 40 local radio stations as well as BBC World Service Radio.

As such, the BBC has promised more from the Skill as time goes on - with the aforementioned interactive drama, 'The Inspection Chamber', being one example.

In addition to streaming weekly new releases, subscribers can also enjoy unlimited, ad-free streaming of thousands of personalised stations and playlists designed for a wide range of artists, genres, moods, occasions and activities.




The skill is freely available from Amazon, and anyone with an Alexa-enabled device just needs to ask her for the radio station or podcast that they want. They'll be taken straight to the live show or the latest episode of the podcast, where they'll also be able to ask for "Previous" episodes in the full back-catalogue.

Other commands that work include: "play", "pause" and "resume".

Matthew Postgate, chief technology and product officer at the BBC, said: "Smart speakers are an exciting new way of interacting with audio content".

The Capitals Flash Briefing is a popular method of delivering news through short audio messages that update daily featuring John Walton, radio voice of the Washington Capitals.

Since first launching in the U.S. in October of 2016, Amazon Music Unlimited has expanded to the UK, Germany, Austria, Japan and more, transforming music streaming with the ability to just ask Alexa to play music by voice and creating the most natural listening environment for millions of subscribers.


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