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Alexa on Amazon Fire TV gets tons of new voice commands, TV controls

by Todd Haselton | May 17, 2016May 17, 2016 2:30 pm PST

Amazon on Tuesday announced that it will begin to roll out new features for Alexa on the Amazon Fire TV that will give users more voice controls than ever before.

The update, which Amazon said will roll out in the “coming weeks,” will allow users to launch specific apps on the platform, such as Hulu or HBO Now (59 apps have partnered with Amazon for integrated voice search), in addition to browsing for content within Amazon’s Video library. For example, Fire TV users will be able to ask Alexa to “Watch Veep” or “Play Downton Abbey.” They’ll also be able to  browse 4K content, listen to Audible Audiobooks and more.

Additionally, Amazon is adding a hint of local points of interest. Users will be able to find nearby restaurants, for example, discover hours of local businesses and more.

I’ve been holding off on buying a Fire TV, but Alexa alone is starting to make it sound like I need to splurge.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...