Alexa's ability to control DVRs will improve in the near future. Amazon today announced that it has updated its Video Ability API so that Alexa can start recordings, launch an application or execute playback commands. Several decoder manufacturers already have Alexa skills, such as Dish, Verizon, TiVo and DirecTV. They will be updating their skills, says Amazon, and some have already been experimenting with these new features.
Users will be able to say things like "Alexa, record the game Cubs" and the decoder will plan a recording. They can also tell the assistant to start specific applications or services, such as "Alexa, start Netflix". Finally, they can say "Alexa, pause", without having to explicitly name their upper box set. Some users have been able to use these commands before, but the developers of these skills had to do additional work to make it work. Now, other developers can implement them more easily. We can all scream in Alexa, even if our decoder creator does not want to do an extra job. Everything that makes interactions with Alexa less painful is great with me!