You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

How Media Companies Are Embracing the Amazon Echo Show’s New Video Flash Briefings

Amazon started to ship its new Echo Show this week, and a number of media companies have been quick to jump on the bandwagon with optimized content for the device. The Echo Show combines a 7-inch touch screen with a voice-controlled smart speaker, offering all of the same features as the classic Amazon Echo combined with the ability to display photos and video.

One of the key features benefiting from this update is the Flash Briefing, the customizable playlist of news updates that can be requested with a simple voice command like “Alexa, tell me the news.” Echo Show owners get to see videos as part of their Flash Briefings — and media companies have already started to produce video flash briefings for the Echo Show, as well as bring additional videos to the device via dedicated Alexa skills. Here are some of them:

CNN is producing a dedicated morning video flash briefing hosted by CNN’s “New Day” anchors Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota. The network also updated its Alexa skill with video features, offering access to news clips minutes after they air on TV.

Bloomberg is doing video flash briefings for the Echo Show, and also updated its Alexa Skill to include access to a live feed of Bloomberg TV, stock charts, market summary videos, and more.

CNBC’s video flash briefing promises news updates and market commentary throughout the day. The network also updated its Alexa skill to offer access to videos of Jim Cramer’s “Cramer Remix” show.

People Magazine will release an entertainment news-heavy video flash briefing with host Jeremy Parsons at 7 a.m. ET every weekday morning.

NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has started to make a video recap of Fallon’s opening monologue available as a video flash briefing.

Echo Show owners can customize their video flash briefings in the Alexa App on their phone or directly on the web under Settings > Flash Briefing. Regular skills, including those offering access to additional video content, can be added to the device through the Alexa mobile app or the Alexa website as well.

More Digital

  • Hulu With Live TV Full Channel

    Hulu Hikes Price of Live-TV Bundle to $45 Monthly, Drops VOD Plan With Ads to $6

    Hulu wants to drive more customers to its ad-supported streaming package — lowering the official price from $7.99 to $5.99 per month — while it’s trying to turn a profit on the live-TV bundle with a price hike. Starting next month, Hulu With Live TV will increase by $5 per month, rising from $39.99 to [...]

  • patreon logo

    Patreon Now Has Over 3 Million Patrons, Expects to Pay $500M to Creators in 2019

    Membership services platform Patreon now has more than 3 million patrons who pay to support any of its over 100,000 creators every month, the company announced Wednesday. It’s also on track to pay more than $0.5 billion to creators this year. Patreon’s business is growing at a healthy rate. Payouts have been nearly doubling year-over-year [...]

  • YouTube TV

    YouTube TV Expanding to Cover Entire U.S., No International Launch Plans Right Now

    Soon, virtually anyone in the U.S. will be able to subscribe to YouTube TV, Google’s $40 monthly over-the-top internet television service aimed at cord-cutters. First launched in five cities in April 2016, YouTube TV has been available in the top 100 markets in the U.S., covering around 85% of households, for about a year. Starting [...]

  • BTF Media, Vince Gerardis Pact Sign

    NATPE: BTF Media, Vince Gerardis Pact for Six Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

    MIAMI — BTF Media, producer of breakout series “Hasta Que te Conocí” and “El Secreto de Selena,” is teaming with Vince Gerardis, a co-executive producer with George Martin on “Game of Thrones,” on a six-project co-production alliance. Spearheaded at BTF Media by founder-partner Ricardo Coeto, the agreement takes in the development and co-production of the [...]

  • Bob Bakish Variety Cover Story

    Viacom Has Acquired Pluto TV Streaming Service for $340 Million

    Viacom has acquired Los Angeles-based video streaming service Pluto TV for $340 million in cash, both companies confirmed Tuesday. “Today marks an important step forward in Viacom’s evolution, as we work to move both our company and the industry forward,” said Viacom CEO Bob Bakish in a statement. “Pluto TV’s unique and market-leading product, combined [...]

  • Bob PittmanVariety Entertainment Summit at CES,

    iHeartMedia Bankruptcy Plan Approved, CEO Bob Pittman's Contract Renewed

    A U.S. court has approved the bankruptcy plan of iHeartMedia, the biggest radio broadcaster in the U.S., which will shave down its crushing debt load and separate iHeartMedia from Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings. The company said chairman and CEO Bob Pittman and Rich Bressler, president, COO and CFO, have extended their contracts by four years. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content