Two recent additions to the Flash Briefing Skill are Canada’s own The Weather Network and Global News. More proof that Canadian organizations are taking the Amazon Echo platform seriously and some possible foreshadowing that the Echo platform might soon officially launch in Canada.
Pelmorex Media Inc’s The Weather Network has two skills which can be added to Alexa’s Flash Briefing. Once added the The Weather Network National News (Canada) skill plays the national weather news hourly broadcast. The Weather Network National Forecast (Canada) plays the latest national forecast.
Corus Entertainment Inc’s Global News skill is also added as a Flash Briefing Skill which will play the latest Global News podcast containing breaking news & current Canadian news headlines; national weather forecasts & predictions, local news videos, money and financial news; sports stats and scores.
To add these skills: use either the Alexa app or web site. Open the left menu and choose Skills. Type in the keyword (Global News or Weather Network) in the search box. Choose Enable to add the skill. Once you’ve added the skill you can then select Manage in Flash Briefing to remove or change the playlist order.
Amazon has still not provided a date (yet) for an official release of Amazon Echo in Canada but Alexa-enabled devices can be purchased in the US and used in Canada with minor limitations.