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  1. User-specific flash briefing content

    The current flash briefing content (per provider) is a 'one size fits all approach'. Everyone gets the same NPR briefing, for example.

    There are many use-cases where user-specific information could be very powerful in the flash briefing, often in concert with interactive skills. Some examples:


    • A sport team skill that (in the flash briefing) reminds you of your game time this weekend (or of changes), without you ever having to touch a calendar


    • A retailer skill that (in a flash briefing) advises of significant deals, relevant to your buying history or explicit 'watch list'.


    I think this would take flash…

    159 votes
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    13 comments  ·  Flash Briefing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Thanks a lot for posting this request. Your request has been received.

  2. Allow Flash Briefings to use SSML

    Right now Flash Briefings won't parse SSML in their preamble, error message, or text output. This means content written for a custom skill (for example) cannot be used for Flash Briefings, and any output that could be massaged to sound correct will instead come out sounding wrong.

    55 votes
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    Received  ·  8 comments  ·  Flash Briefing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Volume leveling

    Users frequently need to increase or decrease volume across the different news sources in a Flash News briefing. It would be wonderful if Echo had a volume leveling similar to some TVs that can level the volume between commmercials and regular programming.

    36 votes
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  4. Flash Briefing: add video support

    I have some Flash Briefings for local news. The news providers are creating video, and then ripping the audio out for the Flash Briefing version. It would be great to be able to use the video in the Echo Show.

    Bonus points for using the video asset for the audio / non-video Echo devices.

    14 votes
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  5. Deleting of feeds for flash briefings

    Allow full disable/deletion of old/defunct feeds for flash briefings.

    9 votes
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  6. Make Flash Briefings testable in test simulator

    Right now the Alexa test simulator tab (in both the old and new skill consoles) refuses to play Flash Briefings. This, combined with the fact that things like echosim.io also won't play Flash Briefings, means it's impossible to do a live test of the content your flash briefing is serving from an anonymous account.

    7 votes
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  7. Selectable number of episodes played by Flash Skills

    The developer console defaults to playing the last 5 installments of a Flash Briefing, unless we set the number separately in our RSS feed. This number should be configurable within Alexa, without requiring changes at the RSS level. (And the default for Daily briefings should be one, right?)

    4 votes
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  8. Flash briefing skills need to have detailed error messages

    Make error messages more detailed, when the skill's feed is incorrect.

    4 votes
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  9. Change Analytics from UTC

    Would like to be able to change the Time Interval from the default UTC to my time zone so that playback times are accurate for where I am.

    3 votes
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  10. 3 votes
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  11. Allow Flash Briefings to connect to any port

    There's no reason Flash Briefings should be confined to ports 80 and 443, as webservices can (and do) run on any almost any port. This restriction causes serious limitations for (among others) people trying to run multiple services on the same EC2 node.

    3 votes
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  12. Enable RSS Feed rename

    I had to rename a feed. I now cannot publish any more as it says "The rename or deletion of a published feed is not supported".

    How can I publish the feeds under a new name?

    2 votes
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  13. 2 votes
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  14. Let us delete old RSS feeds - impossible to get certified with them

    Every time i submit my UK skill for certification, I get the error that one of my three RSS feeds has 7+ day old content. Yes, I know this: there are 2 dead feeds. I would delete them if I could but Amazon will not allow us to delete old feeds. The default feed which is updated daily works fine. It's live in my US skill in fact. But Amazon is declining my skill update because the old feeds are not updated. Yet you won't let me delete the old defunct feeds. This puts me in an impossible loop. Please…

    2 votes
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  15. Support location for fresh briefing

    One can build super cool local fresh briefing with the support.
    To get location information, either by prompt question or device location

    2 votes
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  16. Daily auto update of Flash Briefing feed file

    Is it possible to have an daily auto update JSON feed for a Flash Briefing, whereby one has 365 feeds prebuilt, one for each day, and Alexa pulls the applicable feed file based on day stamp or other attribute?

    2 votes
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  17. Japanese Words In an English flash briefing skill.

    I need to find a way to get Alexa to correctly pronounce Japanese words in an English language flash news skill (about sumo). Would it be possible to make it so that when Alexa encounters Hiragana and Katakana in an English text stream, she pronounces them using Japanese pronunciation rules?

    2 votes
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  18. Volume Normalisation on Echo devices

    I frequently need to increase or decrease volume across the different news sources in a Flash News briefing. It would be great if Echo devices had a volume leveling similar to Amazon Music that can level the volume between commmercials and regular programming.

    1 vote
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  19. Permit changing the name of flash briefing feed

    We'd like the ability to delete individual feeds, but if we can't do that, at least let us change the name of the feed... we published a feed that we just wanted to change the capitalization of the title, and we couldn't... so...
    1. allow us to delete feeds
    2. allow us to rename feeds
    3. allow us to change capitalization

    1 vote
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  20. authenticate during flash briefing

    We want to be able to provide updates on the user's investment balances, but in order to do so the user usually needs to enter a PIN so we can access their account-linked data.

    1 vote
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