Espial said its cloud-based “Elevate” video platform has added voice support following an integration that makes its managed offering for cable operators and other service providers compatible with all Amazon Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show.
The integration enables consumers with those Amazon products to search, discovery and control live TV, VOD and DVR-recorded content with their voice.
Espial’s Elevate platform was derived from Espial’s acquisition of Arris’s Whole Home Solutions business last year. Espial introduced a managed, turnkey IPTV service for operators under the Elevate brand in July.
Espial’s cable operator customers include MCTV; Easton Utilities; HBC (Hiawatha Broadband Communications of Minnesota); Ritter Communications; Shaw Communications; WideOpenWest; Buckeye Broadband; EastLink; Comporium; Consolidated Communications; Service Electric Cable TV, and NOS, a Portuguese service provider.
MVPDs such as Dish Network and Layer3 TV have also integrated their services with Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices.