Today EE announced a pretty big new feature that is now available for their EE TV set-top box.
That new feature is the addition of Amazon Alexa into the set-top box, the first time that such support has been added to such a product in the UK.
With this support, you will be able to ask Alexa for information on the programmes that are currently on, and set recordings without having to think about picking up the remote.
You will need an Amazon Alexa-compatible device to take advantage of it, such as the Amazon Echo or the Echo Dot.
If you have that, you simply need to add the new EE TV skill to your Alexa system over the Alexa app.
Once you have finished, Alexa will be able to provide you with information on specific programmes from any Freeview channel on the current day, or the following day, provide you with up to three programme recommendations from the Freeview Picks service and set recordings remotely.
On top of all that, your EE TV box can even be in standby mode while you are doing all of those commands.
EE aims to expand this in the future, as was explained by Fabrice Rousseau, the General Manager for Alexa Skills Kit EU who said:
“Customers can now ask Alexa to find things to watch and record the shows they want—no remote required. This is much more natural, and an experience that will get even better in future.”
We will update you as things progress.