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New Deals Suggest Traditional Media Moving Deeper Into Podcast Space

Hollywood is increasingly making waves in podcasting, signaling a growing turn to the medium.

iHeartMedia’s September 13th moves to acquire Stuff Media (at the tune of a speculated $55 million) highlight its desire to expand in the podcasting realm.

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At the same time, it has recently been announced that Endeavor is launching a new division, Endeavor Audio, specializing in everything from podcast development to production and monetization. Its recent moves include a series of crime podcasts deevloped by Law & Order creator Dick Wolf.

This is all set against a background where podcasts and podcast advertising are set to expand heavily by 2020. It has been estimated that ad revenues will double by 2020 from $314 million in 2017 to a projected $659 million. In this context, Hollywood’s traditional players are preparing to ride the wave.

Rather than merely using podcast space for advertising film and television properties, they’re shifting into using podcasts for original content. As Endeavor Audio marketing head Lisa LaCour has confirmed:

“The business of audio is just starting to form… we’re starting to venture more into original content. The company determined that podcasting and audio storytelling in general is a big opportunity to continue the growth.”

It is complicated to predict what the podcasting space will look like over the next few years, but we can expect a greater incursion into the space by major players ready to make the investment.

Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish appear on The Breakfast Club to Address Katt Williams

Hilarious response from Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish on the Katt Williams interview that went viral on V103’s Frank and Wanda show. When asked how she felt when Katt attached her she said she wondered if she may have F’d Katt’s man. Kevin clears up the figures Katt Williams gave on how much he made. This is the most serious we’ve ever seen Kevin.

New RIAA Report Highlights Streaming Driving 75% of Music Industry Revenue

The Recording Industry Association of America released a report that highlights the full extent of the streaming revolution’s impact on the music industry–streaming is more profitable than digital downloads, licensing deals, and physical CDs combined.

US Music Industry Revenues

Streaming constitutes a variety of services from Spotify and Tidal to video services like VEVO and digital radio broadcast, constituting $3.4 billion in 2018 so far.

With 1 million new subscribers per month, growth is small but steady. Digital download revenues were down this year by 27%, while physical purchases were down by 41%, trends amplified by the comparable rise in streaming.

US Music Industry Streaming Revenues

The RIAA commented on the report:
“The music streaming economy presents myriad new opportunities, but also its share of challenges too… According to Nielsen, more than 70,000 different albums were released by mid-year. Finding an audience amongst an extraordinary range of music choices, competing for the user’s attention against other entertainment options on the ubiquitous smartphone, and being prominent on dozens of different digital platforms is … critical for success.”

One other notable bright spot has been the reemergence of vinyl as a growing medium.

Peace One Day Teams Up with iHeartMedia and 23andMe to Help Spread Messages of Peace on Peace Day – Friday, September 21 at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

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IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMERS AND OTHER ARTISTS COME TOGETHER TO SHARE SPECIAL MESSAGE IN SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

LAS VEGAS – September 21, 2018 – Peace One Day, the non-profit that established an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on September 21 via a United Nations resolution, announced today that it will team up with 23andMe, the leading consumer genetics company; and iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in America which also has a greater reach in the U.S. than any other media outlet to raise awareness of Peace Day today, September 21 and encourage peaceful action and celebration throughout the world. Nearly a billion people are already aware of Peace Day worldwide, a day where all people put their differences aside and let the power of music bring the world together.

The iconic iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place this weekend, September 21 and 22, at the Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will kick off the unique collaboration for Peace Day with multiple Peace One Day activities taking place throughout the weekend from both the main Festival stage today Friday, Sept. 21 and The Daytime Stage on Saturday, Sept. 22.

iHeartMedia and 23andMe will bring together today’s top artists including iHeartRadio Music Festival performers Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Kygo, Logic, Sam Smith, 5 SOS, Belly and others, as well as Nick Jonas, Troye Sivan, Dinah Jane and more, who will lend their voices to an original Peace Day piece – written by American singer-songwriter, poet and record producer Mike Posner – urging others to make peace and put their differences aside this Peace Day. A powerful video montage of these diverse artists rallying together as one for world peace will debut on the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival stage tonight, opening night, in conjunction with World Peace Day and later be released to the public with the support of iHeartMedia’s unmatched array of multiplatform assets, reaching hundreds of millions of people across the U.S.

“The Peace One Day mission is incredibly powerful and we celebrate the scientific fact that we are more alike than we are different,” said Tracy Keim, VP Consumer Brand for 23andMe. “We are 99.5% genetically identical. It’s only 0.5% that makes us different – in our DNA. Today is about collectively focusing on what connects us, which can lead to greater understanding and compassion, ultimately bringing us closer to achieving Peace One Day.”

“Collectively, we as humans have the opportunity and the responsibility to create a more peaceful world,” said Posner. “It says a lot about iHeartMedia, 23andMe, and Peace One Day for seizing that opportunity.”

“Together, we want to challenge people to step outside their comfort zones. True to 23andMe’s roots in hard science, we are more similar than different — and instead of focusing on the zero point five percent that separates us, let’s celebrate the fact that we are all the same and find a way to make peace with each other,” said Gayle Troberman, CMO of iHeartMedia. “This on-stage moment at this year’s Festival represents the artist community coming together to deliver a very powerful message at the right time and at the right place— the biggest gathering of artists from different genres playing together on one stage, celebrating music, not just their own genre of music. And we will use our massive audience across the nation to help spread this important Peace One Day message.”

Additionally, attendees of The Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival will be invited to record their own messages of peace at the 23andMe interactive podcast sound booth.  Select messages from the recording sessions will be integrated into a specially-produced Peace Day episode of the popular spit podcast — an iHeartRadio and  23andMe podcast that explores how DNA testing gives us a new perspective on who we are and how we are all connected.  The special Peace Day spit episode will be hosted by Bobby Bones, iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated radio personality and No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, and will feature an open discussion with Mike Posner and Jeremy Gilley, the founder of Peace One Day, about the importance of the Peace One Day mission and how each of us is connected.

“I’ve been a Peace One Day ambassador for over 10 years and I’ve seen first-hand the impact the day has around the world,” said actor and ambassador Jude Law. “It’s been an honour to help raise awareness and manifest action on the day. I’m delighted that iHeartMedia and 23andMe are supporting Peace One Day this year, it’s a wonderful collaboration.”

Join iHeartMedia, 23andMe and PeaceOneDay.org in inspiring people everywhere by sharing acts of peace this Friday, September 21 and beyond using #PEACEDAY.

Tickets and further information about the iHeartRadio Music Festival can be found at iheart.radiomusicfestival2018.com.

About 23andMe

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by MIT Technology Review in its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and featured as Fast Company’s #2 Most Innovative Health Company in 2018. 23andMe has millions of customers worldwide, with more than 80 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe, Inc. is located in Mountain View, CA. More information is available at www.23andMe.com.

About Peace One Day

Founded in 1999 by Jeremy Gilley, Peace One Day is a non-profit organisation that successfully led the campaign which resulted in the unanimous adoption by United Nations Member States of the first ever ‘Peace Day’ – an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date: 21 September. Peace One Day’s track record demonstrates a unique ability to achieve remarkable brand partnerships and penetration that include some of the most famous multinational corporations, A-list celebrities and political influencers on the planet.

In 2016 it is estimated that 2.2 billion people were exposed to the Peace Day message, 940 million were fully aware of the day, resulting in around 16 million behaving more peacefully (McKinsey & Co).

Peace One Day has held major music celebrations, from London’s Wembley Arena (Elton John) to Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Akon). Since 2007, Peace One Day’s efforts in Afghanistan have led to the immunization against polio of over 4.5 million children, due to Peace Day agreements in the country.

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Urban Alternative Format Initiative Awarded 1.3 Million by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced grants totaling $1.3 million for three public media stations to implement Urban Alternative formats to connect with young, multicultural audiences.

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The grants to KPVU (Houston Metro), WNSB (Norfolk, VA), and KUVO (Denver), will support their transitions to new locally customized formats using Hip Hop and R&B. The format borrows from the popularity of Urban contemporary music while remaining true to public radio’s values, ensuring thoughtful lyricism and storytelling.

“CPB is committed to partnering with stations to develop innovative ways to expand and grow the next generation of public media audiences,” said CPB Vice President for Radio Erika Pulley-Hayes. “The Urban Alternative format is a way for stations to capitalize on the growing appeal of this art form and build new connections with musicians and millennials in their local communities.”

Chicago Public Radio first launched the Urban Alternative format on its Vocalo signal in 2015 and has since seen growth in audiences, mobile app downloads, membership and online and in person engagement. CPB recognized the format’s early potential and funded research by Paragon Media Strategies in Chicago and four other U.S. markets in 2016. The research demonstrated the format’s potential for national appeal. Informed by the research, CPB invited stations to apply for grants to create a more contemporary sound and develop deeper connections to local multicultural communities.

The three stations will also work with Paragon Media Strategies to test and refine the format in their individual markets. Paragon will conduct research to identify the music mix that has the greatest local market appeal and assist the stations with launch plans, implementation and iteration over a two-year period.

Participating stations include:

KPVU, licensed to Prairie View A&M, is in the Houston metropolitan area, a top-10 radio market and the fourth largest U.S. population center that has the most equitable distribution of the nation’s major racial and ethnic groups.
WNSB, a mixed format station licensed to the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors in Virginia, has a coverage area population that is over 40 percent diverse.
Dual-licensee Rocky Mountain Public Media in Denver will leverage Urban Alternative content across platforms, including KUVO-FM and HD, KRMA-TV, and Denver Open Access Media, a local partnership broadcasting at 100 watts.

KPVU Contact:
Marquis Lofton
Program Director, KPVU
(404) 447-5573

Michael B. Jordan as First Global Men’s Face of Coach

Coach Announces Michael B. Jordan As First Global Men’s Face Of Coach

Coach Announces Michael B. Jordan as First Global Men’s Face of Coach

Coach today announces actor and producer Michael B. Jordan as the first global face of the Coach menswear business. His partnership with Coach will include global advertising campaigns for men’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance, beginning with the Spring 2019 season. The partnership will also include special design projects with Creative Director Stuart Vevers and philanthropic endeavors with the Coach Foundation

Founded in New York more than 75 years ago, Coach began as a men’s accessories brand and has built its reputation on leather innovation and craftsmanship. Today, it is a global fashion brand defined by a free-spirited attitude rooted in New York City.

Jordan, a star who is redefining Hollywood standards as a leading man and producer, creating opportunity and empowering the careers of others, is also a long-time friend of the brand and shares Coach‘s belief in the modern American Dream and values of optimism and inclusivity. “I’m honored to be joining the Coach family and have so much respect for Stuart Vevers’ vision,” said Jordan. “I’m looking forward to jumping into the creative process and exploring fashion through a different lens.”

“Michael is cool and authentic, and he really embodies the Coach guy,” said Vevers. “I’ve had the chance to get to know Michael over the last couple of years. He always looks great in Coach, so it felt really natural to build our relationship.”

Amazon Announces New Echo Devices—Add Alexa to Every Room

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All-new lineup of Echo devices make it  even easier to add Alexa to more places in your home

New Echo companion device lets you add  rich bass to enhance your existing Echo music experience

Control compatible lights, fans,  coffee makers, and more with the new Amazon Smart Plug

SEATTLE—Sept. 20,  2018—Today Amazon introduced a new lineup of Echo devices, an Echo companion  device, and a new Amazon Smart Plug, making it even easier to bring the features  and convenience of Alexa to any room in the home. 

New Echo devices  include:

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  • All-New  Echo Dot: The easiest way  to bring Alexa into your home, now with a new speaker for louder and crisper  sound, an updated fabric design, and still only CDN $69.99.
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  • All-New  Echo Plus: A simple way to  start your smart home with a built-in Zigbee hub, plus an upgraded speaker and  a new design, and still only CDN $199.99.
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  • All-New  Echo Show: Powerful speakers,  a stunning 10-inch HD display, and a built-in smart home hub, plus all the  glanceable features customers love about Alexa for CDN $299.99. Read the press  release in the press room.

New Echo  companion and smart home devices include:

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  • Echo  Sub: Add deep, rich  bass to music playback on Echo devices for CDN $169.99.
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  • Amazon  Smart Plug: Control compatible  lights, fans, coffee makers, and more for CDN $34.99.

“We want you to  have access to Alexa everywhere—in your kitchen, in your living room, in your  office, and more,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Today,  we’re excited to expand the number of ways that customers can add Alexa to  their homes, so they can use Alexa to make their lives more convenient and easy.”

New Echo Devices—Access Alexa  Everywhere in Your Home
All-new  Echo Dot—Now with a New Design and More  Powerful SoundStill Just CDN $69.99
The next-generation Echo Dot features a new fabric design and more  powerful sound—and it is still the best way to add Alexa to any room. With an  all-new curved shape and fabric finish, Echo Dot is available in Charcoal,  Heather Grey, and Sandstone, letting customers easily mix and match. The new  Echo Dot plays music louder with richer sound, all in a compact design. Put an  Echo Dot in every room to ask for information or the weather, play your favourite  music in a multi-room music grouping, set timers and alarms, and control  compatible smart home devices.

All-new Echo PlusNew Design, Upgraded Sound, Built-in  Smart Home Hub and More Ways to Control Your Smart HomeStill Just CDN $199.99

With its built-in Zigbee smart  home hub, the all-new Echo Plus makes setting up compatible smart home devices  easy. Just say, “Alexa, discover my devices” and Echo Plus will automatically  discover and set up compatible lights, locks, sensors, plugs, switches,  and more without the need for additional hubs or apps. Echo Plus now includes an embedded  temperature sensor, so you can set temperature-based routines using other smart  home devices. For example, when the living room reaches 20 degrees, Alexa can  send a notification to your phone and turn on a fan connected to a smart plug.

With Wi-Fi simple setup, you can automatically  connect compatible smart devices to your Wi-Fi network and Alexa in a few easy  steps. All you need to do is power on the smart device and it will recognize your  Wi-Fi network and Echo device. Wi-Fi simple setup is available with new  Echo devices and the new Amazon Smart Plug.

Echo Plus has a  larger 63.5mm Neodymium woofer and increased back volume so that the bass feels  stronger and the mids and highs are clearer. It also features an all-new fabric  design and is available in Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone.

Echo  Companion Devices—Enhance your Experience with Alexa
Echo Sub—Powerful Subwoofer for your  Echo—Just CDN $169.99
Echo Sub is the  first wireless Echo subwoofer for those who want to pump up the bass when  listening to music on their existing or new Echo devices. You can connect Echo  Sub to compatible Echo devices to create a 1.1 or 2.1 pairing for stereo sound.  Plus, with the equalizer feature you can adjust the bass, mid-range, and treble  of the pairing simply by using your voice. Just say, “Alexa, turn up the bass.”

Amazon Smart Plug—Just CDN $34.99
With the Amazon Smart Plug, you can use your voice to  control your lights, fans, coffee maker, and more. The Amazon Smart Plug is the  first Wi-Fi smart plug to use Wi-Fi simple setup, making it easier to start –  and expand – your smart home with connected devices. All you need is an  Alexa-enabled device like Echo, Sonos One, or even just the Alexa app on your  phone to get started. From there, easily set a routine that turns your lights  on at 6:00 a.m. and your lights off at 10:00 p.m.; and with multiple Amazon  Smart Plugs, you can control multiple outlets.

Availability
Echo Dot, Echo  Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Sub are available for pre-order starting today and  will start shipping next month.

Amazon Smart Plug is available for pre-order starting today  and will start shipping next month. 

The new devices announced today join  the Echo and Echo Spot to create the Echo family of devices.
 

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About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather  than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational  excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,  personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct  Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of  the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and  follow @AmazonNews.

 

Amazon Introduces the All-New Echo Show

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Features  powerful speakers, a stunning 10-inch HD display, a 5 MP camera, and a built-in  smart home hub

Just  ask to stream videos from Prime Video, browse your favourite websites, and  enjoy Alexa skills

With  the Ring video doorbell, you can easily see and talk to anyone at your front  door

Stay  connected to friends and family around the world with Skype calling, Alexa calling,  and Drop In features

SEATTLE—Sept. 20, 2018—Today Amazon announced the all-new Echo Show. The  device features an immersive 10-inch HD display with crisp and bright visuals,  a built-in smart home hub, and a powerful speaker system that delivers deep bass  and stereo sound—available for CDN $299.99.
 
“Customers tell us they love the convenience of being able to ask Alexa  to show them things,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa.  “Today, we’re making the voice-first, visual Echo Show experience better in  every way by adding even more experiences to delight our customers—a dynamic  and vivid display makes watching videos even more enjoyable, new speakers for  music and music videos (coming soon), two-way doorbell video calling (coming  soon), simple set-up and control of smart home devices, Skype calling to  friends and family (coming soon), and all-new visual features.” 

New Design and Improved Audio
The all-new Echo Show features  a vibrant 10-inch HD display that shows colourful, fresh, and compelling  visuals. So when you ask Alexa to show you the weather, watch a video or pull  up your shopping list, the experience is even more delightful. The  screen is complemented by dual, side-firing 2 inch Neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator and Dolby  processing to deliver expansive sound with deep, powerful lows and crisp highs,  perfect for listening to your favourite music. Just ask to play  Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn, Radioplayer, and more. 

Video Doorbell and Built In Smart  Home Hub
Coming later this year, the all-new Echo Show will have a two-way talk  feature that works with Ring doorbell cameras. When the doorbell rings or  motion is detected by the security camera, just say “Alexa, answer the front  door” to see and talk to whoever is there without having to open the door.  Additionally, you can now have Alexa play a chime and make an announcement when  someone rings your Ring doorbell camera. You can also use Alexa Routines to  play custom announcements when the front door camera detects movement or  someone rings the doorbell.

With a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, Echo Show makes it simple to  start your smart home. Just say, “Alexa, discover my devices” to automatically  discover and setup compatible light bulbs, plugs and switches without the need  for additional hubs or apps. Once set-up, ask Alexa to turn on the lights or  use the touch-screen to turn devices on and off.

Even More Calling Options
The all-new Echo Show has a built-in, 5MP camera that supports  high-definition video calling and is great for hands-free calls to friends and  family who have an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Use Drop In on supported  Echo devices in the playroom, or check in on the living room to see if the dog  is behaving.

Coming soon, customers can connect with even more friends and family  around the world through support for Skype voice and video calling. Just say,  “Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype” to reach Jimmy wherever he uses Skype.

“Skype calling with Alexa will allow customers to use their Echo  devices to communicate hands-free with the hundreds of millions of Skype  customers around the world,” said Gaurav Sareen, Corporate Vice President,  Microsoft. “This new experience makes it even easier to connect with friends  and family and we can’t wait for customers to try it out.”

Simple  Shopping
Staying on top of your weekly shopping  is easy with Echo Show. Simply ask, “Alexa, reorder coffee” and she will help  you order your favourite blend. Need to build a list, just say “Alexa, add  bananas to my list”. And, if you’ve got an important order on the way, Alexa  will let you know when it’s arriving, just say “Alexa, where’s my stuff.”

Built-in Web Browser
Echo Show has a built-in web browser that can be opened by saying,  “Alexa, open Silk” or “Alexa, open Firefox.” Once open, you can use the  on-screen keyboard to type a URL and visit your favourite website. And, like  other browsers, you can bookmark your favourite websites for easy access.

Skills for the Screen
With thousands of skills available on the all-new Echo Show and  counting, Alexa is always getting smarter. Now you can meditate with Headspace,  track flights with Kayak, or play Would You Rather? with your family. Just say,  “Alexa, help me get started with skills.” 

Pricing and Availability
Echo Show is available for only CDN $299.99. Echo Show will also have  an accompanying stand that will allow you to tilt the Echo Show to adjust the  viewing and camera angles for only CDN $39.99. Both are available for pre-order  starting today at www.amazon.ca/echoshow and will begin shipping next month.

The all-new Echo Show joins the all-new family of Echo devices  announced today. To learn more, visit the press  room.

About  Amazon
Amazon is  guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus,  passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term  thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations,  Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire  tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered  by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Alexa is Now Even Smarter—New Features Help Make Everyday Life More Convenient, Safe, and Entertaining

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Alexa now knows how to do millions of things, including new capabilities across Routines, Music, Smart Home, Home Monitoring, Alexa Calling, Amazon FreeTime on Alexa and more

All new Alexa features begin rolling out to select new and existing Echo devices in the coming months

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 20, 2018– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Alongside a new lineup of Echo devices, Amazon today introduced new Alexa features that help make life even more convenient, safe, and entertaining. New capabilities include entertainment features like left-right stereo pairing, TIDAL, and Amazon Music New Release Notifications; productivity features like email management, step-by-step cooking, and location-based Routines; smart home and home monitoring features like Alexa Guard, Hunches, and Local Voice Control; and FreeTime on Alexa features like kid-focused Routines, podcasts, new skills, and more.

“The Alexa service is always getting smarter, whether you’re using the Echo you bought three years ago or an Echo Show you buy tomorrow. We have thousands of engineers and scientists inventing on behalf of customers, and today we’re excited to introduce even more features to help make customers’ lives simpler, safer, and more convenient,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “Soon customers will be able to manage their email, easily secure their home, watch the shows they love on Echo Show, and make their daily routines more productive—all just by asking Alexa.”

“Over the past year we’ve made incredible scientific advances in Alexa’s Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). We have applied deep neural networks to advance Alexa’s ability to detect challenging acoustic phenomena such as whispered speech and anomalous events like glass breaking; made breakthroughs in combining transfer learning and deep learning to teach Alexa new languages and capabilities faster; improved contextual understanding and added memory to help customers discover skills and ask follow-up questions more naturally; and used active learning and unsupervised learning to improve foundational wake word detection, speech recognition, and natural language understanding,” said Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist, Amazon Alexa. “We’ve only scratched the surface of A.I.-powered inventions and we’ll continue to invent ways to make Alexa more useful for our customers.”

Make Your Home Smarter and Safer

Alexa Guard

Alexa can help keep your home safe when you’re away with Alexa Guard–just say, “Alexa, I’m leaving” to activate Guard. When you enable Guard, Alexa can send you Smart Alerts about the sound of glass-breaking, smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide alarms detected in your home. Alexa can also intuitively turn lights on and off to help deter intruders using Away Lighting and can integrate with alarm systems from Ring and ADT to keep your home safe. This feature will be available on select Echo devices later this year.

Hunches

As you interact with your smart home, Alexa learns more about your day-to-day usage and can sense when connected smart devices such as lights, locks, switches, and plugs are not in the state that you prefer. For example, if your living room light is on when you say “Alexa, good night,” Alexa will respond with “Good night. By the way, your living room light is on. Do you want me to turn it off?” This feature will be available later this year.

Frustration Free Setup

We want to remove the frustration of connecting new smart home devices to Wi-Fi by making it as simple as plugging them in. As a first step toward realizing this vision, we’re rolling out Wi-Fi simple setup so customers can connect smart devices to their Wi-Fi network and Alexa by simply using their voice or scanning a barcode on the back of their smart device using the Alexa app. Wi-Fi simple setup is initially available with new Echo devices, the new Amazon Smart Plug, and AmazonBasics Microwave. Additional devices will be added in the future.

Local Voice Control

When there’s an internet outage, or if you’re in an area with unreliable internet connection, Local Voice Control allows you to still use your voice to control lights, plugs, and switches that are connected to an Echo device with a built-in smart home hub, such as the all-new Echo Plus or all-new Echo Show.

Video Doorbell

In the coming weeks, Echo Show devices will have a 2-way talk feature that works with Ring and August doorbell cameras. When the doorbell rings or motion is detected by the security camera, just say “Alexa, answer the front door” to see and talk to whoever is there without having to open the door. Additionally, Alexa will be able to play a chime and make an announcement when someone rings your Ring and August doorbell cameras. You can also use Alexa Routines to play custom announcements when the front door camera detects movement or someone rings the doorbell.

Alexa Makes Your Life More Convenient

New Alexa Routines

Customize your daily routine more than ever before through adding location-based Alexa Routines that trigger when you leave or arrive at home or work. Plus add timed delays in between Alexa Routine actions; add time-limited music—great for white noise or sleep sounds; and add temperature and motion based Alexa Routines that trigger when the temperature in a room is too high or too low, or when motion is detected.

Location-Based Reminders

You can set reminders to trigger when you leave or arrive at home or work. Simply say, “Alexa, remind me to take the chicken out when I get home,” and when you arrive, Alexa will automatically speak the reminder and send a notification to your phone.

Cook with Alexa

Cooking with Alexa makes Echo devices even more useful in the kitchen. Simply ask Alexa for step-by-step cooking instructions from Kitchen Stories, Allrecipes, Epicurious, Food52, TheKitchn, and SideChef. Say “Alexa, let’s start cooking,” and Alexa will walk you step-by-step through your favorite recipe.

Multi-step Requests

Ask Alexa to do multiple things at once within one request. For example, add several items to your shopping list by saying “Alexa, add bananas, paper towels, and cat food to my shopping list;” or turn the Echo volume up and start a playlist by saying, “Alexa, play Pandora at volume 8.”

Email Integration

If you need to manage your personal inbox but aren’t able to sit with your computer or smartphone, all you need to do is ask Alexa to check and reply to email through Gmail, Outlook.com, and Hotmail.com. Simply link your email in your Alexa app and say, “Alexa, do I have emails from Sarah?”

Whisper Mode

Gone are the days of waking up your spouse or partner to ask Alexa for the weather in the morning or turn your alarm off. Whisper Mode is a new feature that allows you to whisper to Alexa, and she will whisper her response back to you.

Even More Calling Options

Skype voice and video calling with Alexa will allow customers to connect with the hundreds of millions of people using Skype around the world. Just say, “Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype” to quickly connect with Jimmy anywhere he uses Skype.

Built-In Web Browser

Echo Show now has a built-in web browser that can be opened by saying, “Alexa, open Silk” or “Alexa, open Firefox.” Once open, you can use the on-screen keyboard to type a URL and visit your favorite website. And like other browsers, you can bookmark your favorite websites for easy access.

Alexa Makes Life More Entertaining

New Music Service – TIDAL

Later this year, global music streaming platform TIDAL will be available on all Echo devices. This service leverages the new Music Skill API also announced today. Learn more about the developer benefits of the new, self-service Music Skill API: www.developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/

Left-Right Stereo Pairing

With the new left-right stereo pairing feature, you can connect two of the same, supported Echo devices for stereo sound.

Amazon Music New Release Notifications

With Amazon Music’s New Release Notifications, customers will soon be able to ask Alexa to follow their favorite artist, and receive notifications on their Echo device or within the Amazon Music mobile app when an artist releases a new album or track. After asking to hear the new album or track, customers will also be surprised to hear some of their favorite artists’ voices delivering the message themselves on their Echo.

Overlapping Groups

With overlapping groups, you can add one Echo device to several multi-room music groups. For example, the Echo in your kitchen can be included in both the “Kitchen” group for daily listening, and the “Downstairs” group when you’re having friends over on the weekend.

Preferred Speaker Setup

Set your preferred speaker for music playback in your Alexa app—be it an Echo device, a third-party AVS speaker, or a multi-room music group. When you want to play music in that space, simply say “Alexa, play rock music” and it will stream from your preferred speaker.

New Video Services for Echo Show

Integrations with Fire TV Recast, Hulu, and NBC will make live TV viewing and on-demand streaming available on any Echo Show. Simply say “Alexa, watch Good Morning America” to watch the news with your morning coffee, or “Alexa, tune to ESPN on Hulu” to catch up with your favorite sports team. Click here to learn more about the new Echo Show.

Skills and Games for the Screen

Tens of thousands of skills are available on the all-new Echo Show, including many visually enhanced experiences. You can get up to the minute stock information and news updates at a glance with CNBC, quickly check your Capital One balance, play Who Wants to be a Millionaire or turn anytime into story time with the Amazon Storytime skill.

Visual Alexa Blueprints

With the new Greeting Card Blueprint, you can create and share personalized greeting cards to celebrate birthdays, friendships, and other special occasions.

All-New FreeTime on Alexa Features

Kid Routines

Parents can now easily set Routines with FreeTime on Alexa using a set of simple pre-configured Alexa Routines. For example, parents can enable the Good Night Routine in the Alexa app, and when parents or kids say, “Alexa, good night,” Alexa will offer a parent-customized goodnight message, tell them an interesting fact, turn off the lights, turn on the night light, and start sleep sounds or white noise. After School, Bed Time, and Good Morning Routines can also be customized with white noise timers, smart home controls, music, personalized Alexa messages, and more.

Kid Podcasts

Kids already love listening to Audible through FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa, and soon FreeTime Unlimited customers will have over 1,000 Audible books available to enjoy. To offer even more content, using Amazon FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa, kids can listen to popular kid and family podcasts, including Brain’s On from American Public Radio, Story Pirates from Gimlet Media, and Ear Snacks from Andrew and Polly. These podcasts offer educational and age-appropriate news, stories, and more.

Kid Activity Skills

New FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa skills like Train Like an Avenger and Animal Workout help get families active and moving together, all while using their imagination. Plus new skills like Oregon Trail, Star Wars Missions, and Animal Rescue offer fun and educational content.

Learn more about FreeTime Unlimited on Alexa: www.amazon.com/FreeTimeUnlimited

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Amazon Introduces Fire TV Recast, a DVR That Lets You Watch and Record Live Over-the-Air TV at Home and On Your Mobile Devices—All With No Monthly Fees

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Watch on all of your Fire TV streaming media players, Fire TV Edition TVs, or Echo Show devices, and use the all-new Fire TV app to stream on compatible Fire tablet, iOS and Android devices

Use Alexa on Fire TV and Echo Show devices to search for shows, browse and schedule recordings, change over-the-air live TV channels, and control playback

Place Fire TV Recast anywhere in your home—with advanced technology that automatically optimizes bandwidth on your local network, Fire TV Recast delivers the most reliable video streams over Wi-Fi of any over-the-air DVR

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 20, 2018– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced Fire TV Recast, a new companion DVR that lets you easily watch, record, and replay free over-the-air TV programming on Fire TV, Echo Show, and on compatible Fire tablet, iOS, and Android devices. Connect Fire TV Recast to a HDTV antenna (sold separately) for instant access to free over-the-air TV content available in your area, such as live shows, local news, sports, and more from channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW – all with no monthly fees.

“We are focused on making Fire TV an easy way to watch all the entertainment you love, whether it’s through streaming video services, cable and satellite providers, or even local broadcast stations,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Amazon Fire TV. “Now with Fire TV Recast, we’ve made it simpler to find, watch, and record live over-the-air TV at home and on your mobile devices.”

Place Fire TV Recast and a HDTV antenna anywhere in your home, and all of your compatible devices will automatically connect, giving you immediate access to local over-the-air TV programming. Available in two models, Fire TV Recast allows you to record up to four shows at once, and stream to any two compatible devices at a time. Advanced wireless technology automatically optimizes the use of bandwidth on your local network, delivering the best HD picture quality possible—even when streaming across multiple devices in a congested Wi-Fi environment.

In addition, you can now take your over-the-air shows with you on-the-go. Use the all-new Fire TV companion app for Fire TV Recast to watch live and recorded content over Wi-Fi or when connected to a cellular network. Mobile streaming for Fire TV Recast is available on all compatible mobile devices with no extra monthly charges or subscription fees.

When connected to a Fire TV streaming media player or a Fire TV Edition TV, your favorite live, recorded, and streaming content is all in one place. You can use the ‘On Now’ row to view what’s currently airing, or the Channel Guide and ‘DVR’ tab to search for live shows, manage recordings, and view up to two weeks of programming. Plus, live TV listings from Prime Video Channels and PlayStation Vue are integrated directly into your ‘On Now’ row and Channel Guide—right alongside your local over-the-air content.

Even easier with Alexa

With Alexa on Fire TV or Echo Show, it’s easy to control Fire TV Recast with your voice and quickly get to the programs you want. Use your voice to change the channel, search for your favorite live TV shows, schedule, cancel, browse, delete recordings, and more – try “Alexa, open Channel Guide,” “Alexa, play ‘The Voice,’” “Alexa, show my recordings” or “Alexa, tune to NBC.” Plus, since the Alexa service is always getting smarter, Fire TV Recast is going to get even better over time.

“After extensively testing Fire TV Recast, I found it to be a great way to compliment my existing home entertainment setup,” said Patrick Moorhead, Principal Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “In addition to filling gaps in existing cable and streaming packages, I think customers are going to be excited by the simplicity, as well as the unique ability to stream everywhere, not just on your home TV.”

Getting started is simple

To set up Fire TV Recast you need a HDTV antenna and access to the Fire TV app on a compatible Fire tablet, iOS, or Android device. During setup, the Fire TV app helps you discover the place in your home with the best reception, and walks you through the channel scan process. Once Fire TV Recast is set up, you can watch, record, and replay live over-the-air TV on any Fire TV streaming media player, Fire TV Edition TV, Echo Show, or compatible Fire tablet, iOS or Android device.

Availability

Fire TV Recast is available for pre-order in the United States beginning September 20 and will begin shipping on November 14. It is available in two models: a 2–tuner model with 500GB of storage that allows you to record up to 2 shows at once and holds up to 75 hours of HD programming for $229.99, and a 4–tuner model with 1TB of storage that allows you to record up to 4 shows at once and holds up to 150 hours of HD programming for $279.99. Fire TV Recast does not require any additional monthly charges or subscription fees. Coming soon, you will be able to expand the built-in storage of your Fire TV Recast by connecting an external hard drive to the USB port on the back of the device.

For more information visit amazon.com/firetvrecast.

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