Dejero Strengthens European Network

Dejero has signed a number of new European partners as part of its strategy to provide its connectivity solutions through rental companies to support the increased demand to deliver mission-critical live video and real-time data across multiple sectors. “As organizations come through the other side of the pandemic, many are re-evaluating their strategy, workflows and […]

Amazon Wants To Be Everywhere In The Home

Amazon’s acquisition of the mesh WiFi router startup Eero marks yet another effort by the retail giant to integrate its products and services into the home. The deal also indicates that it’s getting even more difficult to purchase or use technology that isn’t run by the “big five” tech companies: Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook.

NYT Launches Flash Audio Briefing For Alexa

The New York Times is pushing further into voice products for smart speakers. On Friday, the company announced that it’s launching a weekday flash news briefing called The New York Times Briefing for Alexa-enabled devices (hosted by Michael Barbaro, who is a busy man). It’s also debuting a weekly interactive news quiz from The Daily’s producers.

Hulu: Users Who Access Shows Through Alexa Watch 50% More TV

The streaming service struck a partnership with Amazon this fall to make Hulu available on the Echo Show, a tablet that’s powered Alexa.

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See It At CES: 3.0, 5G, IoT, Connected Cars

For broadcasters, January’s Consumer Electronics Show will be a chance to drum up interest in ATSC 3.0 and check in on products — especially connected cars, voice-enabled devices and the internet of things — that will define consumers’ experiences over the next year.

 

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Collins | Are You Ready For Voice-Activated TV?

Voice activation’s significance is reflected in the rapid adoption rate for the technology — by the end of this holiday season, 50% percent of all U.S. consumers will own a smart speaker. What’s important for television are predictions that, in the next two years, voice assistants will move from their current role, one in which they simply provide streamed audio, to one that includes providing video access.

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For Broadcasters, Voice Platform Still A ‘Black Box’

Massive consumer adoption of smart speakers has prompted broadcasters to consider the prospect of adapting their content to voice. But even Amazon concedes “it’s still day one” for broadcast’s moves on the platform.

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Small Heartland Media Has Big Digital Goals

Heartland Media may have just 11 stations in smaller markets, but it’s already flying its flag on both the OTT and voice platforms. Lisa Bishop, Heartland’s chief digital officer, says its strategy is driven by growing an audience on as many platforms as it can, even if monetization there remains frustratingly elusive.

Cameras Now For Google’s Digital Assistant

The virtual assistant is being offered to owners of the Nest Cam IQ in a free update rolling out today. The move comes just two weeks after Nest moved back under Google’s direct control after spending nearly 2 1/2 years as a separate company owned by the same parent, Alphabet Inc. The $300 Nest Cam will give Google another potentially valuable earhole in its battle with Amazon and Apple to build digital command centers in people’s home.

Why We May Soon Be Living in Alexa’s World

Next to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, Amazon’s voice assistant may be turning into the third great consumer computing platform of our era.

Voice UI Is The Future. But When?

Propelled by what we can legitimately call The Alexa Movement, voice is now perceived as the future of the User Interface. But we need numbers: How many of us continue to use Alexa (or Siri, or Google assistant) after the novelty has worn off? What do we use it for? This will help us understand the likely actual future of Voice UI.

Apple Launches HomePod Voice Speaker

After missing the critical holiday shopping season, Apple Inc has jumped into the voice speaker wars with the HomePod smart speaker, a device that will use its Siri voice assistant and compete against offerings from Amazon and Google.

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Behind The Gadgets, It’s Amazon Vs. Google

Both companies usually shun conventions like CES, preferring to debut gadgets at their own press events. But these tech giants have built an imposing presence here this year as they work to weave their voice-operated digital assistants more deeply into our personal lives.

Marketers Racing To Reach Voice Audiences

As brands increasingly seek to understand the Internet of Things, marketers are keying in on how Amazon and Google will dominate connected devices in 2018. That’s why Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home — with their rapidly expanding sets of AI skills and services — will be completely unavoidable for the 180,000 expected attendees at this week’s annual CES in Las Vegas.

What’s On Center Stage At CES? Your Voice

As the annual CES gadget show kicks off in Las Vegas this week, manufacturers are expected to unveil even more voice-controlled devices — speakers and beyond — as Amazon and Google make their digital assistants available on a wider array of products.

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On Tap For TV At CES: 3.0, Voice, Gadgets

How the new television transmission standard will impact stations and their competitive opportunities will be rop of mind for broadcasters at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show. Also of interest will be the continuing disruption of media, particularly TV, the growth of virtual home assistants and more.

View: News’ Future Is In AI, Voice

BBC’s Trushar Barot says the news industry needs to make artificial intelligence an industry priority. Users are becoming increasingly comfortable with voice as a means of interacting with their technology, he argues, and now is the time to experiment with new apps and skills on voice platforms, invest in R&D there and foster industry-wide forums and collaborations on this front. 

Amazon Dominates Burgeoning Digital Voice

eMarketer estimates Amazon Echo has a 70.6% share f the voice-enabled digital assistant marketplace,followed by Google Home (23.8%) and everyone else (5.6%).

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More Disruptors For TV’s Attention

Modern marketers face the struggle of ever-fragmenting ways of getting in front of consumers. Television needs to accept that reality. Its advertisers need to use it in concert with other platforms, particularly social, and that will inevitably siphon off some of its advertising revenue. But TV still has the power to play that orchestrating role if it’s not too belligerent or myopic to pick up the baton.