Seven Star Digital STBs now support Amazon Alexa through MyBox kits
MUMBAI: Multi system operator (MSO) Seven Star Digital’s existing set top boxes (STBs) supports Amazon Alexa through MyBox Alexa Kits. STB manufacturer MyBox Technologies has developed an Alexa kit for STBs that will enable Seven Star Digital customers to voice-control their TV and home through Alexa.
Existing customers of Seven Star Digital can just plug in the MyBox Alexa Kit to their existing MyBox set-top-box to access Alexa on their STBs. Customers can purchase these kits from their local cable operator at affordable prices. The kit comprises of a push-to-talk Bluetooth remote and a USB hub integrated with Wi-Fi & Bluetooth dongle. Customers can simply push-to-talk to Alexa from the mic button on the remote. The kit will allow them to voice-control their TV to change the channel or adjust volume.
The kit will also enable customers to access thousands of Alexa skills and features ranging from checking weather, answering questions, viewing recipes, listening to music, booking cabs or even ordering food. In addition, customers can also control their smart home appliances with simple voice commands. This voice-first experience will be complemented with visual display cards on the TV screen.
Seven Star Digital Directors stated, “The TV viewing experience is actually going to change after Alexa getting integrated on cable TV STB. It will create stickiness of viewing cable TV.”
Seven Star Digital CTO Mahadesh said, “It’s a very good move, Cable Industry is going through a revolution and Alexa will play a major role in that.”
MyBox Technologies MD Amit Kharbanda said, “We at MyBox are proud to be the pioneers of this offering to our esteemed partners Seven Star Digital. Our vision of being at the center of this smart digital entertainment convergence has a high resonance with this product augmentation that we are offering. MyBox believes this Alexa offering would enable the acceptance of voice technology and give an USP to the pay-TV operators. Above all the sustenance and proliferation of this shall advance our footing in this rapid digital evolution.”
“Our vision is for Alexa to be everywhere that customers want to interact with her. We simplify building voice-forward devices with Alexa built-in by providing hardware manufacturers with the support of Alexa Voice Service (AVS) APIs, hardware kits, software tools, and documentation,” said Amazon India Country Manager, Alexa Skills and Voice Services Dilip RS.
“The MyBox Alexa Kit will bring the most popular Alexa capabilities and access to over 30,000 skills to Seven Star Digital customers. We hope that customers will enjoy the ease of using voice commands for TV viewing, accessing information and controlling their smart home through Alexa.”