Amazon has added a new option to the Alexa app that allows you to select your specific TV provider. Doing so enables Alexa to answer questions about your TV service. Questions about TV shows or networks will include times and channels that are available on your specific TV provider.
Asking “Alexa, what’s on TV” will give you a list of popular shows, along with channels and times, that are specific to your TV provider. If you have too many channels to keep track of, you can ask “Alexa, what channel is [TV network]” to hear the channel number of the network. If an SD and HD channel are available for the network, Alexa will list both and tell you which is which.
If there’s a specific show you want to watch, you can ask “Alexa, when is the next episode of [show]” to hear the channel and time for the next episode. Alexa will start by telling you when the next new episode will air but will follow up by also telling you when the next rerun will air, if one is available.
If you’re curious about what is currently airing on a specific network, you can ask “Alexa, what is on [TV Network] right now?” Alexa will tell you what is on now and then list off the next few programs and when they start. If you’re curious about what will air later, you can ask about programming for “this evening,” “tomorrow morning,” and other similar time periods.
The new TV provider option is located in the Alexa app’s Settings area under a “TV Schedule” menu item. There are currently 21 TV providers supported. The list includes cable TV services such as Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, and satellite TV services such as Dish and DirecTV.