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GetPlayableItems Directives (VSK Echo Show)

When users ask Alexa to play movies, TV shows, recordings, etc., using criteria such as VideoName, ActorName, or GenreName, the VideoContentProvider API sends GetPlayableItems directives to your Lambda.

The expected response from your Lambda is a GetPlayableItemsResponse, as shown in the following diagram.

GetPlayableItems Directive and Lambda GetPlayableItemsResponse

Utterances for GetPlayableItems

Alexa sends a GetPlayableItems directive to your Lambda when users say the following utterances.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

Watch breaking bad

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

Watch sean connery

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

Watch comedy

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

Watch star trek

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

Watch a movie

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

Watch breaking bad season two

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

Watch breaking bad episode five

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

Watch breaking bad season two episode five

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

Watch james bond

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

Watch seahawks

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

Watch soccer

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

Watch n. b. a. league

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

Watch soccer game

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

mets / joue / lance / pars [VideoName] sur [AppName]

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

regarde un film avec [actor]

mets un film avec [actor]

joue un film avec [actor]

pars un film avec [actor]

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

regarder un [GenreName]

regarder une [GenreName]

mets un [GenreName]

mets une [GenreName]

joue un [GenreName]

joue une [GenreName

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

regarde [title]

mets [title]

joue [title]

pars [title]

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

regarde un film

mets un film

joue un film

pars un film

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

regarde la saison [x] de [title]

mets la saison [x] de [title]

joue la saison

[x] de [title]

pars la saison [x] de [title]

regarde [title] saison [x]

mets [title] saison [x]

joue [title] saison [x]

pars [title] saison [x]

joue la saison [x] de [title]

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

regarde l'épisode [x] de [title]

mets l'épisode [x] de [title]

joue l'épisode [x] de [title]

pars l'épisode [x] de [title]

joue [title] épisode [x]

mets [title] épisode [x]

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

Same as fr-FR

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

Not supported

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

Regarde le [team]

Regarde le match de [team]

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

Not supported

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

Mets [league]

Joue [league]

Regarde [league]

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

Not supported

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

mets / joue / lance [VideoName] sur [AppName]

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

regarde un film avec [actor]

mets un film avec [actor]

joue un film avec [actor]

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

regarder un [GenreName]

regarder une [GenreName]

mets un [GenreName]

mets une [GenreName]

joue un [GenreName]

joue une [GenreName

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

Regarde [title]

Mets [title]

Joue [title]

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

regarde un film

mets un film

joue un film

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

Regarde la saison [x] de [title]

Mets la saison [x] de [title]

Regarde [title] saison [x]

Mets [title] saison [x]

Joue [title] saison [x]

Joue la saison [x] de [title]

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

Regarde l'épisode [x] de [title]

Mets l'épisode [x] de [title]

Joue l'épisode [x] de [title]

Joue [title] épisode [x]

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

Regarde l'épisode [x] de la saison [x] de [title]

Joue l'épisode [x] de la saison [x] de [title]

Mets l'épisode [x] de la saison [x] de [title]

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

Not supported

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

Regarde le [team]

Regarde le match de [team]

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

Not supported

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

Mets [league]

Joue [league]

Regarde [league]

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

Not supported

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

ich möchte [VideoName] gucken

spiel [VideoName]

spiel watchlist ab von [VideoName]

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

spiel [VideoName] (mit [ActorName]) auf [AppName]

streame einen film mit [ActorName] auf [AppName]

streame einen [ActorName] film auf [AppName]

streame eine serie mit [ActorName] auf [AppName]

streame eine [ActorName] serie auf [AppName]

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

spiel eine [GenreName] [MediaType] auf [DeviceType] ab

spiel eine [GenreName] [MediaType] auf [AppName] ab

[GenreName] [MediaType] schauen

spiel einen [GenreName] [MediaType]

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

ich möchte [VideoName] gucken

spiel [VideoName]

spiel watchlist ab von [VideoName]?

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

spiel einen [MediaType]

spiel [MediaType] aus der/meiner watchlist

streame den [MediaType] [VideoName] auf [AppName]/[Device] spiel trailer von [VideoName]

spiel die neueste folge von [VideoName]

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

spiel [VideoName] [Season] [Season_Numer]

spiel [VideoName] [Season] [Season_Numer] auf [AppName]

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

spiel die [Episode_Number] [Episode] von [VideoName]

spiel [VideoName] [Episode_Number]

spiel von [VideoName] [Episode] [Episode_Number]

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

spiel [Season] [Season_Numer] [Episode] [Episode_Number] von [VideoName]

spiel [VideoName] [Season] [Season_Numer] [Episode] [Episode_Number]

spiel die [VideoName] [Season] [Season_Numer] [Episode] [Episode_Number] auf [AppName] ab

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

Not supported

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

spiel [SportsTeam] [Event] auf [AppName]

[SportsTeam] [Event] anschauen/ansehen

das [SportsTeam] [Event] auf [AppName] anschauen/ansehen

spiel das [SportsTeam] [Event] auf meinem [Device]

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

spiel das [Sport] [Event] auf meinem [Device]

das [Sport] [Event] ansehen

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

spiel [SportsTeam] [Event] auf [AppName]

[SportsTeam] [Event] anschauen

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

spiel das [Sport] [Event] auf meinem [Device]

das [Sport] [Event] ansehen

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

[VideoName] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [AppName] पे/पर/में [VideoName] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

[ActorName] का/की/के movies को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [ActorName] का/की/के movies चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [ActorName] का/की/के [GenreName] को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [ActorName] का/की/के [GenreName] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [ActorName] का/की/के [VideoName] को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [ActorName] का/की/के [VideoName] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

[ActorName] का/की/के/वाला [GenreName] की [VideoName] को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [ActorName] का/की/के/वाला [GenreName] की [VideoName] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

[GenreName] [VideoName] को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [GenreName] [VideoName] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

star trek देखो/देखना/देखिए

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

[VideoName] movies चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

[VideoName] का/की/के [SeasonNumber] को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [VideoName] का/की/के [SeasonNumber] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [VideoName] का/की/के [SeasonNumber] को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [VideoName] का/की/के [SeasonNumber] [SeasonNumber] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

[VideoName] का/की/के [EpisodeNumber] को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [VideoName] का/की/के [EpisodeNumber] चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

[VideoName] season one episode one चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play करो

[VideoName] season एक का episode एक चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play करो

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

[CharacterName] का/की/के/वाला movies चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [CharacterName] का/की/के/वाला movies को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो Watch [CharacterName] movie [VideoName]

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

[Sport/League/Seam] games चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [Sport/League/Seam] के games को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

[Sport/League/Seam] games चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [Sport/League/Seam] के games को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

[Sport/League/Seam] games चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

[Sport/League/Seam] के games को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

[Sport/League/Seam] games चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो [Sport/League/Seam] के games को चलाओ/बजाओ/लगाओ/play/देखो

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

metti / trasmetti / riproduci / fammi guardare / fammi vedere + [VideoName] (+ da/su [DeviceName])

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

guarda un film con [ActorName]

metti un film con [ActorName]

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

guarda una [GenreName]

fammi vedere una commedia

mostra mi una commedia

metti una commedia

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

guarda star trek

fammi vedere star trek

mostra star trek

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

guarda un film

metti un fim

trasmetti un film

riproduci un film

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

guarda [VideoName] stagione due

metti [VideoName] stagione due

riproduci [VideoName] stagione due

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

guarda [VideoName] episodio cinque

metti [VideoName] episodio cinque

riproduci [VideoName] episodio cinque

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

guarda [VideoName] stagione due episodio cinque

metti [VideoName] stagione due episodio cinque

riproduci [VideoName] stagione due episodio cinque

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

guarda [CharacterName]

fammi vedere un film con james bond

mostrami un film di james bond

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

riproduci la partita del [SportsTeam]

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

not supported

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

trasmetti la partita della [League]

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

not supported

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

[VideoName]を再生して [VideoName]を[AppName]で再生して [AppName]で[VideoName][MediaType]を再生して

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

[ActorNameName]が出ている[MediaType]を再生

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

[AppName]で[GenreNameName][MediaType]を再生[AppName]で[GenreNameName]を再生

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

[VideoName]を再生して [VideoName]を<AppName]で再生して [AppName]で[VideoName][MediaType]を再生して

[MediaType]を再生して

[ActorNameName]が出ている[MediaType]を再生

[Anaphor][MediaType]を流して

[AppName]で[GenreNameName][MediaType]を再生

[AppName]で[VideoName][MediaType]を再生して

[ChannelName]の[MediaType]を再生

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

[VideoName]の[Season][Season_Number]の

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

[Episode_Number][Episode]を再生

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

[Episode_Number][Episode]を再生

[VideoName]の[Season][Season_Number]の

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

[SportsTeam]の[Event]を[AppName]で見せて

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

[SportsTeam]の[Event]を[AppName]で見せて

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

[SportsTeam]の[Event]を[AppName]で見せて

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

[SportsTeam]の[Event]を[AppName]で見せて

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

tocar/assistir/reproduzir [VideoName] no/na [AppName]

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

assistir [ator]

colocar [ator]

coloque filmes com [ator]

encontre filmes com [ator]

me mostre filmes com [ator]

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

assitir [GenreName]

assistir programas de [GenreName]

programas de [GenreName]

colocar [GenreName]

por favor reproduzir [GenreName]

reproduzir programas de [GenreName]

colocar um programa de [GenreName]

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

assitir jornada nas estrelas

colocar jornada nas estrelas

reproduzir jornada nas estrelas

você pode passsar jornada nas estrelas

por favor reproduzir jornada nas estrelas

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

assistir um filme

colocar um filme

nós podemos assistir um filme

ver um filme

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

assistir [title] temporada [x]

colocar [title] temporada [x]

reproduzir [title] temporada [x]

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

assistir [title] episódio [x]

colocar [title] episódio [x]

reproduzir [title] episódio [x]

reproduzir o [title] episódio [x]

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

assistir [title] temporada [x] episódio [x]

colocar [title] temporada [x] episódio [x]

reproduzir [title] temporada [x] episódio [x]

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

Not Supported

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

assisitr [SportTeam]

assitir o/a [SportTeam]

colocar no/na [SportTeam]

colocar o jogo do/da [SportTeam]

me mostre o jogo do/da [SportTeam]

mostre o jogo do/da [SportTeam]

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

assistir [Sport]

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

assistir [League]

colocar [League]

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

not supported

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Feature Sample Utterances Expected Response
Watch [title]
Required for certification

pon interstellar

reproduce interstellar

ver interstellar

The requested media plays. If there are multiple matches for the content, the user is prompted to select the desired media.

Watch by actor
Required for certification

pon salma hayek

reproduce salma hayek

Either media with the actor plays (through an algorithm that selects the best match for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch by genre name
Required for certification

pon comedia en netflix (Not supported without AppName)

Either media from the requested genre plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by franchise [title]
Required for certification

pon star wars

reproduce star wars

Either the top recommended result for the requested franchise plays, or the user is presented with a list of matching franchises.

Watch by media type
Optional

pon la película*

reproduce la película*

Note: Not supported in es-ES or es-US

Either media matching the non-title request plays (through an algorithm that selects a recommended video for the user), or a list of results is presented to the user.

Watch [title] with season number
Optional

empieza la segunda temporada de los rompecorazones

comienza la segunda temporada de los rompecorazones

reproduce la segunda temporada de los rompecorazones

The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with episode number
Optional

pon el capítulo final de los serrano

The correct season is identified by the user's last-watched episode. The last-watched episode in the series plays, if the episode wasn't completed. If the last-watched episode was completed, the next unwatched episode plays.

Watch [title] with season and episode number
Optional

pon el segundo episodio de la primera temporada de anabel

reproduce el cuarto episodio de la temporada tres de águila roja

The content corresponding to the requested season and episode plays.

Watch by character name
Optional

reproduce algo con james bond

Either media matching the character name plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports team
Optional

ver el partido del real madrid

Either media matching the sports team plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of media results.

Watch by sports type
Optional

reproduce el partido de fútbol en mi televisor

ver el partido de fútbol en mi tele

ver el partido de fútbol

Either media matching the sports type plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports league
Optional

pon el partido de la a. c. b. en mi tele

ver el partido de la a. c. b. en mi televisor

Either media matching the sports league plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Watch by sports event
Optional

ver el partido de fútbol

Either media matching the sports event plays (through an algorithm that selects recommended media for the user), or the user is presented with a list of results.

Handling GetPlayableItems Directives

Alexa does the work of parsing the user's utterances and determining the intent, which Alexa then packages up into a GetPlayableItems directive. However, it might be unclear what the user wants to play, so Alexa sends you the requested content so you can do lookups for the item to play.

The response your Lambda sends should include basic identifying information about the playable content. Depending on your response, Alexa does the following:

  • If your Lambda returns just one item in the response, Alexa sends a GetPlayableItemsMetadata directive to initiate playback.
  • If your Lambda returns multiple items in the response, Alexa sends a GetDisplayableItemsMetadata directive to display search results.

The GetPlayableItems directive is identical to GetDisplayableItems, except for the header name. The GetPlayableItems directive is used when the user asks to play content on the device. Having separate directives for play and search allows for greater transparency around user intent. 

The following general guidance shows how to perform the search in different scenarios:

Video Names: For example, "Play Interstellar."

When a user includes the video name in the utterance ("Play Interstellar"), Alexa sends a GetPlayableItems directive with all the relevant video names found in your catalog, with catalog IDs included in the externalIds field. You should favor the content based on the IDs sent to you along with the videoNames, select the one that can be played, and then return that item.

Genres/Actors: For example, "Play a comedy movie" or "Play an action movie with Tom Cruise"

In the instance where a video name is not present and some other slot, such as genre and/or actor, is present, Alexa sends a GetPlayableItems directive. In these cases, you should perform a search using the entities sent in the directive.

For example, for an utterance like "Play an action movie," you receive {mediaType: MOVIE, genreName: COMEDY} in the GetPlayableItems directive. You can search based on this information and return an identifier for a comedy movie. 

Similarly for an utterance like "Play an action movie with Tom Cruise," you receive {mediaType: MOVIE, genreName: ACTION, actorName: Tom Cruise}in the GetPlayableItems directive. You can search and return an identifier for a movie that matches this criteria.

After you return the identifier in your response, Alexa sends a GetPlayableItemsMetadata directive to fetch additional metadata.

GetPlayableItems Example

The following is a sample GetPlayableItems directive. In this example, the media title (Manchester by the Sea) is explicitly identified by the user.

{
    "directive": {
        "header": {
            "correlationToken": "dFMb0z+PgpgdDmluhJ1LddFvSqZ/jCc8ptlAKulUj90jSqg==",
            "messageId": "9f4803ec-4c94-4fdf-89c2-d502d5e52bb4",
            "name": "GetPlayableItems",
            "namespace": "Alexa.VideoContentProvider",
            "payloadVersion": "3"
        },
        "endpoint": {
            "scope": {
                "type": "BearerToken",
                "token": "access-token-from-skill"
            },
            "endpointId": "videoDevice-001",
            "cookie": {

            }
        },
        "payload": {
            "entities": [
                {
                    "type": "Video",
                    "value": "Manchester by the Sea",
                    "externalIds": {
                        "gracenote": "MV000000099001"
                    }
                }
            ],
            "contentType": "RECORDING",
            "locale": "en-US",
            "minResultLimit": 8,
            "maxResultLimit": 25,
            "timeWindow": {
                "end": "2016-09-07T23:59:00+00:00",
                "start": "2016-09-01T00:00:00+00:00"
            }
        }
    }
}

Payload Descriptions

The following table describes the payload for a GetPlayableItems directive.

Payload Descriptions
Field Description Data Type
entities
required

A list of entity objects to search. The relationship between different entity types should usually be interpreted as an AND operation. For example, if the request contains {genreName = "Comedy," actorName ="Tom Hanks"}, it implies that the search result should contain Comedy movies/TV shows with Tom Hanks.

However, if the request contains multiple entities of the same type, such as {videoName = "Interstellar," VideoName = "Interstellar Wars"}, then you can consider this as an OR operation and can search for all the entities in the directive. If in doubt, assume that the top entity within the type (videoName in this case) is the most relevant.

Let's say you have another request with {mediaType = "MOVIE', genreName = "Comedy," actorName ="Tom Hanks," actorName = "Tom Hanks}. This is assuming that there are multiple actors named Tom Hanks. In such cases, you can search for movies with all the actors in the request and then filter based on the Comedy genre to return all the search results.

Alexa does not rank the entities today because Alexa does not have a way to know what the user wants to play when there are multiple matching entities.

entities with a type: Channel contain identifying data for a television channel. For example:

 {
  "type": "Channel",
  "value": "PBS",
  "externalIds": {
      "gracenote": "MV000000099001"
  },
  "entityMetadata": {
      "channelCallSign": "KBTC",
      "channelNumber": "123"
  }
} 

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List
type
required

Entity types for video content. For a list of video content entity types, see Entity Types.

Examples: MediaType, video, Actor, Genre, Franchise, Season, Episode

String
value
required

The value of the entity. For channels, the name of the channel.

Examples: Interstellar, PBS

String
externalIds
optional
A map of external identifiers for this entity; key is the provider, value is the id. / Identifiers for this Entity, unique within the scope of this endpoint

Examples: key = gti, value = SH000000012

Object
Gracenote
optional

The external Gracenote identifier.

Example: SP0000000666661

String
contentType
optional

ContentType specifies the content category to be searched. Note that this is different from MediaType in the entities. MediaType specifies the type of media to search for, such as, Movies, or TV shows, and so on. So if the users are interested in browsing recorded movies, they would say something like Show me recorded movies. In this case, the mediaType will be set to MOVIE, while contentType will be set to RECORDING. Similarly, when the users want to Browse live tv content, they would say something like Show me whats on now, and, in this case ,the contentType will be set to LIVE."

Examples: RECORDING, LIVE, ON_DEMAND

Enum
locale
required

The locale for the user that should be used to get displayable information for the search results. A locale in the same format specified for languages in in the Network Working Group Best Current Practice 47 (BCP-47). If you receive an unrecognized locale, default to en-US.

Examples: en-US, en-GB, de-DE

String
minResultLimit
required

The minimum number of results to return in this call for which a pageToken is accepted. If you return less than the minResultLimit field along with a pageToken to fetch more results, then Alexa does not consider the pageToken to fetch the new items and only displays whatever Alexa received.

For a pageToken to be considered for fetching more results, the number of items have to match at least the value in minResultLimit. However, the number of items can be more than minResultLimit up to a max of maxResultLimit. If the number of items is more than the maxResultLimit, Alexa discards the items after the maxResultLimit.

Example: 8

Integer
maxResultLimit
required

A limit to the maximum number of results to return. See description of minResultLimit field for more details.

Example: 25

Integer
timeWindow
optional

Provides the start and end times that the request should act on. This is usually used for Live TV or Recording only and not for On Demand content. Generally, if the time window is available and can be used to filter the results, you should use it.

For providers that only search for On Demand content, the time window field is usually be set to null and can be ignored.

For Live TV or Recording, if the user specifies the time window, for example, "Search for TV shows between 4 and 5 pm," or "Find TV shows recorded last week," then you should filter the results based on the start and end times whenever available.

Depending on the capabilities, either both the fields — start and end — can be present, or any one field can be present. For example for "Search TV shows between 4 and 5 pm," both the fields are present. For "Show me TV shows starting at 5 pm," only the start field is populated while end is null.

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Object containing start and end times.
start
optional

The start time of the time window.

Examples: 2016-09-07T23:59:00+00:00, 2018-01-24T02:30:00Z

A string in ISO 8601 format.
end
optional

The end time of the time window.

Examples: 2016-09-07T23:59:00+00:00, 2018-01-24T02:30:00Z

A string in ISO 8601 format.

Entity Types

The entities object consists of a list of objects, each of which contains a type and a value along with other possible data such as external IDs. The following values are possible for the type value: Actor, App, Channel, Character, Director, Episode, Event, Franchise, Genre, League, MediaType, ProductionCompany, Season, Sport, SportsTeam, Video, Popularity, Recency, and VideoResolution. Details about the payloads for each entity type are provided in the sections below.

Actor

Actor represents an actor credited in video media content; for example, Casey Affleck might contain the following:

Actor Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ ASIN The external ASIN of this entity String B01M3X9T06
└─ gracenote The Gracenote identifier for the actor. String SP0000000666661
uri URI mapping to the actor/actress URI entity://provider/actor/caseyaffleck
value The name of the actor String Casey Affleck

App

App represents the explicit app name specified by the user in utterance; for example, "Manchester by the Sea on Prime" might contain the following:

App Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ ENTITY_ID An application identifier from a list of apps. String amzn1.alexa-ask-target.app.72095
value The name of the application String Prime Video

Channel

Channel represents the identifying data for a television channel; for example, "PBS" might contain the following:

Channel Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ gracenote The external Gracenote identifier String SP0000000666661
entityMetadata A map of meta data associated with the channel Object
└─ channelNumber The channel number Integer 1234
└─ channelCallSign The call sign for the channel String KBTC
uri The URI of the channel URI entity://provider/channel/1234
value The name of the channel String PBS

Character

A character represented in video media content.

Character Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ ASIN The Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) for this entity String B00DT55P3K
└─ gracenote The Gracenote identifier for the character. String ST0000000123456
uri URI mapping to the character URI entity://provider/character/snowwhite
value The name of the character String Snow White

Director

Director represents the director name for the video media content; for example, "Kenneth Lonergan" might contain the following:

Director Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ gracenote The external Gracenote identifier String MV0000000666661
uri URI mapping to the director URI entity://provider/director/kennethlonergan
value The name of the director String Kenneth Lonergan

Episode

Episode represents the episode number for serial content like TV Shows; for example, the eighth episode of "Transparent" would have episode number 8.

Episode Payload Fields Description Type Example
value The episode number Integer 8

Event

An event is a reference to a type of event; examples would include sports, music, or other types of events. For example, searching for "Football games" would search for a game event entity and a football sport entity.

Event Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ gracenote The Gracenote identifier for the event. String SP0000000666661
uri URI mapping to the event URI entity://amazon/events/games
value The name of the event type String Games

Franchise

A franchise is a video entity which can represent a number of video entities, like movies or TV shows. For example, take the fictional franchise "Intergalactic Wars" which represents a collection of movie trilogies, as well as animated and live action TV shows. This entity type was introduced to account for requests by customers such as "Find Intergalactic Wars movies", which would search for all "Intergalactic Wars" programs of the MOVIE value for MediaType, rather than attempting to match to a single title.

Franchise Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ gracenote The external Gracenote identifier String SP0000000666661
uri URI mapping to the franchise URI mapping to the event entity://amazon/franchise/intergalacticwars
value The name of the genre String Intergalactic Wars

Genre

Genre represents the genre of video media content such as action, drama or comedy. For example, the Action genre might contain the following:

Genre Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ gracenote The external Gracenote identifier String SP0000000666661
uri URI mapping to the genre URI entity://provider/genre/action
value The name of the genre String Action

League

League represents the categorical information for a sporting league; for example, NCAA is a league that might contain the following:

League Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ gracenote The Gracenote identifier for the league String SP0000000666661
uri URI mapping to the league URI entity://amazon/league/ncaa
value The name of the league String NCAA

MediaType

MediaType represents the media type category of a particular piece of content; for example, the MediaType for "Manchester by the Sea" would be MOVIE.

MediaType Payload Fields Description Type Example
value The media type; possible values are MOVIE, VIDEO, TV_SHOW Enum MOVIE

ProductionCompany

ProductionCompany represents the production company name for the video media content; for example, Marvels, Disney.

ProductionCompany Payload Fields Description Type Example
value Production company name String Marvel

Season

Season represents the season number for serial content like TV Shows; for example, the season two of "Transparent" would have season number 2.

Season Payload Fields Description Type Example
value The season number Integer 2

Sport

Sport represents the categorical information of a sport; for example, football is a sport that might contain the following:

Sport Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ gracenote The Gracenote identifier for the sport String SP0000000666661
uri URI mapping to the sports URI entity://amazon/sport/football
value The name of the sport String Football

SportsTeam

SportsTeam represents the categorical information of a professional sports team; for example, "University of Washington Huskies" is a sports team that might contain the following:

SportsTeam Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
└─ gracenote The Gracenote identifier for this team. String SP0000000666661
uri URI mapping to the sports team URI entity://amazon/sportsteam/huskies
value The name of the sports team String University of Washington Huskies

Video

Video represents the identifying data for the piece of video content; for example, "Manchester by the Sea" might contain the following:

Video Payload Fields Description Type Example
externalIds A map of external identifiers for this entity. Key is the provider, value is the id. Object
ASIN The external ASIN of this entity String B01M3X9T06
└─ gracenote The Gracenote identifier String MV0000000666661
userConfirmations Object containing information about user confirmations for the item Object
└─ entitlementVoiceActivation Flag to inform partner if voice enablement of viewing period or entitlement is successful. Possible values - CONFIRMED (optional). Enum; Default policy - unrecognized values are ignored CONFIRMED
uri URI mapping to the video URI entity://provider/movie/manchesterbythesea
value The name of the video String Manchester by the Sea

Popularity

Popularity indicates whether the user asks for popular content.

Popularity Payload Fields Description Type Example
value Indicates to provider that the user searches for popular content String TRUE
Note that this entity type does not have any `externalIds` included. A sample response (excerpted to the relevant values only) might look as follows: ```json "entities": [..{ "value": "TRUE", "type": "Popularity" } ..], ```

Recency

The resolved values for Recency indicate whether the user asks for new or old content.

Recency Payload Fields Description Type Example
value Indicates whether the user searches for new or old content; possible values are NEW, OLD Enum NEW
Note that this entity type does not have any `externalIds` included. A sample response (excerpted to the relevant values only) might look as follows: ```json "entities": [..{ "value": "NEW", "type": "Recency" } ..], ```

VideoResolution

VideoResolution represents the requested video resolution in one of the following standards:

  • SD (480p)
  • HD (720p-1080p)
  • 4k (2160p)
  • 8k (4320p)
VideoResolution Payload Fields Description Type Example
value Video resolution; possible values are SD, HD, 4k, 8k Enum HD
Note that this entity type does not have any `externalIds` included. A sample response (excerpted to the relevant values only) might look as follows: ```json "entities": [..{ "value": "4k", "type": "VideoResolution" } ..], ```

Note that multimodal devices have the following additional entity types: LISTTYPE, SORTTYPE.

LISTTYPE is populated when users wants to browse their Watchlist or Library. For example, utterances like "Show me my Watchlist" or "Show me my Video Library." LISTTYPE can have the following enum values:

  • WATCHLIST: For "Show me my Watchlist" — used to show videos the user has added to their watchlist.
  • LIBRARY: For "Show me my Video Library" — used to show videos that are in the users' library. Typically, these are the videos that have been purchased by the user.

SORTTYPE is used to give additional information about the request that should be used during the searches and how results need to be sorted. For example, for "Show me recommended movies," Alexa needs recommendations from the content provider. SORTTYPE can have the following enum value:

  • RECOMMENDED: This value is populated for utterances like "Show me recommended movies," or "Show me recommended action movies," etc.

Lambda Response

After receiving a GetPlayableItems directive, your Lambda must return a GetPlayableItemsResponse response that follows the structure here. The response structure in this case is similar to the response returned for the GetDisplayableItems directive.

Follow these guidelines in your response: 

  • Remember that the goal of the GetPlayableItems directive is to get a single item that can be played for the directive. 

  • If there is only one item to play, you can just return that one item, and Alexa will play the item. 

  • If it's not clear which item to play, you can choose to return multiple items in the response. Alexa will ask the user to choose which one to play. For example, if the user says, "Play Star Wars," there can be multiple movies in the Star Wars franchise returned in the response or multiple movies and TV shows pertaining to Star Wars. if you return multiple results, Alexa sends a GetDisplayableItemsMetadata directive to fetch the metadata and display search results. Note that the number of results returned in the first call should not exceed the resultLimit parameter specified in the directive.

  • If the only result found is not playable because the user is not entitled to play the title, or because a subscription is required, you can return that one item. Alexa fetches metadata and renders a prompt to either buy or rent or subscribe once Alexa finds that this item is not playable. After that, the user can trigger the purchase workflow to buy/rent the title and play it afterwards.

  • If multiple results are found that are not playable, you can choose to return all the results, and Alexa will either disambiguate with the user about which item to play, or render an informational prompt to buy, rent, or subscribe to the items.

  • If multiple results are found, with some playable and some not, then you should favor the playable one and return the playable result so that it can be played on the device.

Example Response

The following is an example response from your Lambda for GetPlayableItems:

{
    "event": {
        "header": {
            "correlationToken": "dFMb0z+PgpgdDmluhJ1LddFvSqZ/jCc8ptlAKulUj90jSqg==",
            "messageId": "5f0a0546-caad-416f-a617-80cf083a05cd",
            "name": "GetPlayableItemsResponse",
            "namespace": "Alexa.VideoContentProvider",
            "payloadVersion": "3"
        },
        "payload": {
            "nextToken": "fvkjbr20dvjbkwOpqStr",
            "mediaItems": [
                {
                    "mediaIdentifier": {
                        "id": "recordingId://provider1.dvr.rp.1234-2345-63434-asdf"
                    }
                },
                {
                    "mediaIdentifier": {
                        "id": "recordingId://provider1.dvr.rp.1234-2345-63434-asdf"
                    }
                }
            ]
        }
    }
}

Payload Descriptions

The following table describes the payload fields in a GetPlayableItemsResponse.

Payload Descriptions
Field Description Data Type
nextToken
optional

Token to fetch the next set of results. An opaque string sent by the provider which is passed back in subsequent search requests.

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String
mediaItems
required

A list of mediaIdentifiers for the videos that are shown as search results on the screen.

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List
mediaIdentifier
required

Identifier for the mediaItem. See Retrieve Image Size Data from the mediaIdentifier Object.

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Object
id
required

An identifier for the video item that is used to fetch any display or playback related metadata information on subsequent calls to GetDisplayableItemsMetadata or GetPlayableItemsMetadata. This identifier is opaque to Alexa and is just used as-is when querying for metadata information.

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String

Last updated: Nov 02, 2020