Staying up to date with the latest SBS News bulletins will soon be possible by simply asking 'Alexa'.
When Amazon's home-based voice service launches on February 1, it will allow the SBS News audience to listen to audio bulletins on request.
Amazon Alexa works as an in-home virtual helper, similar to Apple's Siri and Google Assistant, where users can ask questions and receive answers or access to media on request.
Those wanting to stay up to date with SBS News can set it as their default in Alexa's flash briefing.
Then if the user asks: "Alexa, what's the news?" they will hear the latest SBS News audio bulletins.
The service is available via Alexa-enabled devices, such as Amazon Echo speakers.
The move reflects SBS’s ongoing commitment to provide audiences with greater access to quality, in-depth news and current affairs.
“SBS delivers the highest quality, most trusted news for all Australians across television, radio and digital platforms," Director of News and Current Affairs Jim Carroll said.
"We’re seeing growing engagement with SBS audio content as audiences seek to stay informed at home and on the go and our new skill for Alexa provides yet another way to access the latest updates from SBS News at the touch of a button or by voice command.”
The new SBS News mobile app for iOS and Android launched in December along with changes to the popular SBS Radio app - which have provided users with greater access to multi-lingual news updates and podcasts on the go.
Frequently asked questions:
How do I set up SBS News for Amazon Alexa?
Amazon Alexa should come with SBS News already set up for you. If not, it’s easy to add SBS News to your Flash Briefing via this link.
You can also do this manually by going to alexa.amazon.com or opening the Amazon Alexa app on your phone (Android or iOS).
Then, go to Settings > Flash Briefing and click Get more Flash Briefing content. You can then search for SBS News and click Enable Skill to add it to your Flash Briefing.
How do I ask Alexa for the news?
Simply ask “Alexa, what’s in the news” or “Alexa, play my flash briefing” to hear the latest news from SBS.
What is a flash briefing?
Flash briefings give users a quick audio update on request. By requesting a news flash briefing, listeners will hear a short bulletin of the latest news and updates from SBS.
How often are the SBS News bulletins updated?
The SBS News bulletins are update three times each day during the week and twice each day on weekends to ensure listeners are kept up to date with the latest local and international news throughout each day.