Published On: Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

Amazon upgrades Fire TV’s ‘hands-free’ TV experience, powered by Alexa


Along with Amazon’s countless Echo-related announcements currently per new devices, a association also pronounced it would shortly be fluctuating and improving a hands-free TV observation knowledge to a operation of video partners, including large names in streaming services like Hulu, PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, Showtime and others.

Prior to now, Amazon had been operative on creation Alexa a voice-based remote control of sorts for examination television, primarily by partnerships with normal TV providers, like Dish, and afterwards after by operative with a makers of intelligent home devices, like a Logitech Harmony, to concede viewers to control TVs, AV receivers, IR hubs and some-more by a Alexa platform.

The Fire TV in Aug was updated to work with Echo for remote control-free channel changing — a movement on a ability a Fire TV’s remote progressing offered.

Today, Amazon pronounced it’s expanding a support for hands-free TV nonetheless again, this time by working  with new video partners as good as existent ones to extend their integrations with Alexa on Fire TV. Among a upheld partners a association mentioned by name were Hulu, Showtime, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, NBC, Bravo, CNBC and NBC News.

The thought is that you’ll be means to ask Alexa to balance to a sold video source or ask a favorite show, within a third-party video streaming services we allow to. So instead of saying, “Alexa, launch Hulu,” or “Alexa, open Hulu,”  we could say “Alexa, change a channel to NBC in Hulu.” Another approach of putting it could be something like, “Alexa, play ‘Ray Donovan’ in Showtime.”

You’ll also be means to use your voice to rewind and quick brazen by a program, in further to personification content.

You can even mention how distant behind or brazen we wish to go as seconds or mins by observant things like “Alexa, go behind 13 seconds” or “Alexa, brazen dual minutes.”

Hulu reliable this afternoon a support for a new voice functionality will arrive this fall, permitting business to span a Fire TV and Echo device, afterwards use Alexa to control a experience. The rollout of other upheld partner integrations might vary.

Of course, CBS has already been carrying a small fun with Alexa before today. It only kicked off a entrance of a new “Star Trek: Discovery” TV uncover on a streaming use with a launch of an Alexa-powered “Star Trek” ability and other Easter eggs, like observant “Computer,” (yes, we can change a Echo arise word), “red alert.” Or “Computer, lamp me up,” among other commands.

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