All India Radio (AIR) is gearing up to establish a strategic partnership with Amazon to offer radio services over Echo devices with importance to Echo Dot. According to AIR Director General Fayyaz Sheheryar, their team is willing to work with Amazon to provide access to radio stations. However, it will take three to six months time for the deal and work to get completed.
After the official launch, you will be able to request Amazon Echo Dot and Echo to play AIR radio stations via Alexa. Sheheryar added that AIR is currently working to provide access to Virtual Private Network (VPN). The main purpose of the VPN is to offer interruption free broadcasting service to all locations in India.
He also revealed that the official website of the AIR is also being refreshed in such a way that it will provide a capability to play all stations across India. The mobile app will also be refreshed to incorporate over 20 live radio stations including the addition of HD radio channels.
Speaking on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Prasar Bharati, Sheheryar informed the gathering that AIR is doing a wonderful job in spreading news and entertainment all over the country. Moreover, the popularity of the medium among the masses is terrific.
The importance of the AIR increased considerably after it started to broadcast programs such as Mann Ki Bhaat. In addition to news bulletins, the All India Radio is involved in broadcasting current affairs programs to target both general and special audience.
Amazon recently released Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus smart speakers in India. The speaker works by establishing connectivity with the voice-controlled service Alexa. If you ask the speaker a query, Alexa will respond back with answers. However, we faced problems with music playback and you have to be specific with your commands. Alexa is emerging in India and will take at least six months for it to gain maturity.
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