Amazon's Fire TV Stick allows voice control of content

08 April, 2017, 07:32 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis
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For those new to Fire TV, it's Amazon's line of streaming devices from which users can access Prime Video and the likes of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub. The most important addition comes in the form of the Fire TV Stick's new Alexa Voice Remote.

At the time of announcement, being able to control your TV by voice was a novel thing in the United Kingdom, but even in that short time we've seen Sky Q introduce voice control, as well as the launch of Google Home on these shores.

The bot will be able to understand entertainment-specific commands such as "skip back 10 minutes" and "find suspense thrillers".

The update will make Alexa available to the millions of United Kingdom customers with Fire TV devices already in their homes, and upgrades every existing Fire TV Voice Remote to an Alexa Voice Remote.

Alexa will also be able to read the news to viewers and will be able to carry out chores, such as setting reminders.

The new Fire TV Stick is already available for purchase.

Amazon also announced on Thursday that Alexa will be rolling out to all Fire TV devices in the UK.

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The device simply plugs in to a USB port on the side of a television screen.

Within Fire TV, Alexa will be able to search films and programmes from rival services such as Netflix, with other platforms due to follow, Amazon said.

The new Fire TV Stick has been completely redesigned, with a quad-core processor and the fastest Wi-Fi of any streaming media stick.

At the same time, Amazon said it will issue a free Fire TV software update that will bring Alexa to all Fire TV devices in the United Kingdom - including first generations of both Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, as well as the Fire TV with 4K UHD.

With Alexa's help, you can open apps, search for music and TV shows, check the weather, and much more with your voice alone.

We've got new skills!

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