Alexa now supports multi-room playback via BBC Sounds. Listeners using Alexa-enabled smart speakers can now listen to BBC Sounds on numerous Alexa devices at the same time.
Alexa now supports multi-room playback via BBC Sounds
We know this is something our listeners have been wanting for a long time, and we’ve worked hard with Amazon to make it happen, said Aniruddh Dimri, Head of Product at BBC Sounds.
If you have a device group or speaker group configured in your Amazon Alexa app, you can enter the group name when playing material from the BBC Sounds skill, and the content will be played on all devices in that group.”
“Plus, we’ve been innovating over the last year to improve the BBC Sounds experience on Alexa, so there are now many things you can do with live radio on your Alexa-enabled devices,” he continued.
The BBC Sounds talent is the only Alexa service in the UK that allows you to restart a live radio show you’re listening to, so if you miss the start of The News Quiz, you can quickly go back to the beginning by saying, ‘Alexa, ask BBC Sounds to restart’.”
“Also unique to the BBC Sounds skill is the ability to rewind live radio, either to a specific time, if for example, you want to catch an 8 am chat on Lauren Laverne’s breakfast show, you can say ‘Alexa, ask BBC Sounds to rewind to 8 am’, or by a certain amount of time, so if you’ve missed the beginning of an interesting interview on the Today programme, you can say, ‘Alexa, ask BBC Sounds to rewind 15 minutes’.
You can also pause live radio and restart listening from where you left off, as well as fast forward your rewound stream. “We want you to enjoy your favourite radio shows in a way that complements what you’re doing,” Dimri added.