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Alexa and Flash Briefings

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:46 pm
by astrotutor
Hi,
I've got a Pi3 running Alexa without too many difficulties. It does throw errors occasionally but it's a bit of fun.
Has anyone got the flash briefings to work so that the News works? I've used the app on my phone and also through the alexa.amazon.com website. All are switched on but Alexa says otherwise. Is this something that the Pi version cannot do?
Cheers
Robert

Re: Alexa and Flash Briefings

Posted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:19 pm
by Beagle1
I have this problem too but with a pi2 - did you find a solution?

TIA

Sandy

Re: Alexa and Flash Briefings

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:59 pm
by tlacuache
I think I'm having this same problem as well. Alexa's working fine, for the most part: I can ask her what the weather is and what time it is and that sort of thing. Every time I say "flash briefing," though, it just goes silent, then when I log in via SSH I see in alsamixer that the volume has been turned down to 0.

Re: Alexa and Flash Briefings

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:20 pm
by SynAckFin
If you are in the UK then it might be because AVS is only supported in the US.

See this thread at the amazon developer site. https://forums.developer.amazon.com/que ... a-app.html

Re: Alexa and Flash Briefings

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:21 pm
by tlacuache
As for myself, I'm in the U.S.

Re: Alexa and Flash Briefings

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:10 pm
by tlacuache
After some more debugging with the console and alsamixer open while it's trying to play the flash briefing, it is actually connecting and playing the content from NPR, etc. It's just that immediately after she says "Here's your flash briefing" it immediately turns the master volume down to zero. If I force it back up during playback I can hear it going. I don't know what part of the process is changing it...