Amazon Echo is now available in the Benelux

The BBC will bring services to other smart speakers too

The BBC will bring services to other smart speakers too

When it comes to smart speakers, the BBC is actively embracing the future.

This new feature works with a number of music streaming services, including Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio.

The BBC is a big producer of audio content, with 10 national radio stations, six regional stations, and 40 local stations across the UK.

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BBC content can already be accessed through skills for RadioPlayer and TuneIn.

Amazon Echo will begin to ship new regions as well, enabling customers to experience Amazon Music Unlimited with the power and simplicity of natural voice controls in English, powered by Alexa, Amazon's cloud-based voice service.

The BBC skill is available to download and enable now.

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According to the BBC is also allows the corporation to introduce a number of pop-up stations to cover events, festivals, and genres without too much hassle. Today, we're making sure audiences can find what they love from the BBC on any device they use, through one single and easy-to-use service. Just ask Alexa to wake you up at a certain time to a song or radio station of your choice, and you'll be grooving into your day.

Alongside other Echo devices, the new feature is likely to be put to use on the Echo Spot, due out December 19, which Amazon bills as a smart alarm clock.

Since first launching in the USA in October of 2016, Amazon Music Unlimited has expanded to the UK, Germany, Austria, Japan and more, transforming music streaming with the ability to just ask Alexa to play music by voice and creating the most natural listening environment for millions of subscribers. Both Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant have BBC News briefings, and the aforementioned interactive drama from BBC R&D.

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