Wildfires: Reminder smart devices don't include emergency warnings while streaming
sean at donelan.com
Fri Sep 11 18:57:27 UTC 2020
As some of the largest wildfires burn along the West Coast, and over
500,000 people evacuate, a reminder that streaming devices do not
include local emergency alerts. Cord-cutters using Alphabet Android TV,
Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV "smart" devices should remember they don't have
emergency alerts while streaming.
FCC requires cellular phones support Wireless Emergency Alerts, including
when using streaming Apps. But not in-home "smart" devices like smart TVs
and smart speakers.
You should also have an traditional AM/FM or weather radio at home. And
your DTV may still have a connection for an over-the-air antenna.
Nevertheless, while you are watching Netflix or listening to Spotify on
a non-cell phone smart device, you won't get emergency alerts on those
Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Alphabet Android TV executives don't see a
need to support emergency alerts on their products.
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