Amazon accidentally updated its “Fire TV Device Software Updates” page yesterday, but quickly reverted it back to the previous list of updated features. According to the inadvertent admission, the upcoming update will allow Fire TV owners to link their Alexa devices to allow voice commands.
You can now use your compatible Amazon Alexa device to control the video playback on your Fire TV device after linking them in the Alexa app. While playing an Amazon video, you can use playback commands like pause, play, resume, fast forward, next episode, and rewind. Also, you can ask Alexa to search for videos by titles, genres, or actors. Or you can ask Alexa to search for an app and open it by saying, “Open [app name] on my Fire TV.” To learn more, go to Use Your Alexa Device to Control Your Fire TV.
For those with the Alexa Voice Remote for Fire TV, this is already available by using the Alexa Voice Remote. But with the remote you have to tap and hold the Alexa button, with this new capability you can just speak to the air.
Once the Fire TV device has been updated you’ll just go into the Music, Video, & Books section of settings in the Amazon Alexa app and configure the Fire TV link. Since learning of this upcoming capability I’ve been manually forcing my Fire TV devices to go check for updates. Its just not ready yet, but the capability has me a bit excited. I mentioned it to the wife – she acted “meh.” Hearing from a couple people who have talked directly to Amazon about this, its possible that this capability may be further out than the accidental content posting suggests.
For a list of voice commands you can use, see: Use Alexa to Control Your TV or Video Service
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