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Smart-home service provider integrates Apple TV and Amazon Echo into its cloud-based platform

Pulkit Chandna | Jan. 5, 2016
Controlling smart-home systems gets more intuitive with this latest set of integrations.

The app is also available for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Android devices, Windows Phone and, of course, Fire TV. The app itself is free, but it only works with an security or home-automation system, which you can purchase from an service provider.

These service providers resell’s service and hardware (control panels, thermostats, sensors, lighting controls, security cameras, and more) on a subscription basis, often subsidizing the price of the hardware in exchange for the consumer signing a long-term contract (typically two years or more). According to’s website, a system typically costs $100 to 200 up front and $40 to $60 per month, depending on which services you opt for.

Why this matters: revealed last year that its smart-home platform had more than 2.3 million residential and business subscribers as of December, 2014. To put that into perspective, according to research firm Park Associates, the company enjoyed a 50-percent lead over its next largest competitor, iControl, at the time. And iControl is no slouch itself, being the brains behind the security/connected-home offerings from companies such as ADT (Pulse), Comcast (Xfinity Home), Time Warner Cable (Intelligent Home), and Cox (Homelife).


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