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Former TiVo COO joins Amazon as Alexa Voice Services VP

Former TiVo Corp. COO Pete Thompson has joined Amazon.com Inc. as vice president of Alexa Voice Services, according to an update to his Linkedin profile.

Thompson stepped down as executive vice president and COO of TiVo on Oct. 6. TiVo President and CEO Tom Carson will take over the job responsibilities held by Thompson. Carson in May announced his plans to retire from TiVo as soon as a successor is found.

Amazon launched the Alexa Voice Service in June 2015, giving third-party device makers the ability to integrate Alexa directly into their connected products.

In September, the company announced its new Amazon Fire TV. Users with an Alexa Voice Remote can use voice controls to find, launch and control content across various apps like Netflix and Hulu LLC on the upgraded platform. Amazon is working with various companies to add increased app functionality.

Customers will also be able to use Alexa to control smart home functions through Amazon Fire TV and Alexa. Fire TV and second-generation Fire TV Stick devices now offer smart home camera support for U.S. customers. In addition, Amazon introduced Echo Connect, a new Alexa accessory that turns Echo into a hands-free speakerphone for home phone lines.