BBC opens testing of its own voice assistant

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The British public broadcaster BBC has announced that its Beeb voice assistant is now available for testing for the first time. This was reported in the official blog.

To experience the Beeb beta, you need to live in the UK, own a Windows 10 device, and connect to the Windows Insider early testing program. The next step, the BBC promises, will be an open beta testing assistant.

Broadcasting Corporation needs beeb so that users can use their voice queries to find the programs they are interested in, which would be difficult to find using a regular search in the huge BBC content catalog.

By hosting content primarily on its own digital platforms, the BBC retains exclusive access to user preference data instead of posting it to YouTube or Apple Podcasts, sharing this valuable information with American IT giants.

However, users are increasingly using voice assistants to search, and the corporation fears that the absence of such a service in its ecosystem will lead to an outflow of the audience.

Currently, Beeb has a small set of functions: you can ask it to turn on one of the BBC radio stations, podcasts or music mixes, as well as read the weather forecast or news. In addition, Beeb can tell jokes and share interesting cognitive facts.

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