An update to the BBC’s Alexa skill rolling out from today lets listeners pause and resume podcasts and on-demand programmes seamlessly between their Alexa device and the BBC Sounds mobile app and website.
The update means listeners can now listen to a podcast on their phone using the BBC Sounds app while out and about and then resume from the same place on Alexa once back at home.
In a blogpost Kate Goddard, Voice and AI Product Manager at BBC Design and Engineering, explains: “You can easily find BBC Sounds radio stations, podcasts and on-demand programmes simply by saying the name of the station or show. For example, say “Alexa, ask the BBC to play six music” or “Alexa, ask the BBC for Woman’s Hour”. You can also ask for any of BBC Sounds Music Mixes like “Handpicked by 6 Music” or “The Takeover Mix”.”