What are the benefits of Video Skills?
Video Skills can enable users to control their viewing experience with their voice. For example, when a user asks Alexa for a movie name or TV show, the Alexa service will find the most appropriate Video Skill which offers that content, surfacing it to the user. Furthermore, Video Skills enable voice control for a variety of features, such as play/pause next episode, volume control and turning a device on/off.
It is also important to bear in mind that this technology is still in its infancy. Amazon are constantly introducing new features for Video Skills. For example, a new ‘Live’ tab in the Echo Show should soon be able to display TV channels that are broadcasting right now. As Amazon continues to enrich the features of Video Skills, content providers will be able to offer an improved user experience.
If a provider already has a Video Skill, FX Digital has created APIs that are easily reusable, making transferring content from Alexa to Fire TV a seamless process. Due to the way FX Digital creates Video Skills, using internal APIs and content-caches, serving content to both Video Skills and Fire TV simultaneously becomes a seamless process.
From a development perspective there are similarities between creating apps for Fire TV and building Video Skills. This makes it quicker and easier for FX Digital to create both a Fire TV App and Video Skill simultaneously or in phases.