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Fire TV Adds More Voice Control Over Hulu, CBS, and Others

Not too long ago, Amazon promised more voice control capability over the video apps customers install on their Fire TV devices. The enhanced functionality would be made possible by the updated Video Skills kit.

Today more of that promise has become reality.  Apps for Bravo, CBS, Hulu, NBC, SHOWTIME, and Sony PlayStation Vue today can be voice controlled using Alexa.

For Hulu, in addition to accepting Alexa commands for streaming content, voice commands also work with its live TV service. For example, asking Alexa to change channels will work.

Things to try:

Bravo

  • “Alexa, play Below Deck.”
  • “Alexa, watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

CBS All Access

  • “Alexa, play Star Trek Discovery on CBS All Access.”
  • “Alexa, play Young Sheldon.”
  • “Alexa, watch 60 Minutes.”

Hulu

  • “Alexa, watch The Handmaid’s Tale.”
  • “Alexa, play The Mindy Project.”
  • “Alexa, go to ESPN.” (with Live TV subscription)
  • “Alexa, tune to FOX.” (with Live TV subscription)

NBC

  • “Alexa, play The Good Place.”
  • “Alexa, watch This Is Us.”

SHOWTIME

  • “Alexa, play Homeland.”
  • “Alexa, watch Shameless.”
  • “Alexa, play Inside the NFL.”
  • “Alexa, search for comedies on SHOWTIME.”

Sony PlayStation Vue

  • “Alexa, watch Mr. Robot on PlayStation Vue.”
  • “Alexa, tune to Food Network.”
  • “Alexa, go to CNN.”

The following commands will work on all the apps I’ve listed above in addition to Prime Video and Amazon Channels content.

  • “Alexa, pause.”
  • “Alexa, fast-forward.”
  • “Alexa, fast-forward 5 minutes.”
  • “Alexa, rewind.”
  • “Alexa, rewind 5 minutes.”
  • “Alexa, play.”
  • “Alexa, next episode.”
  • “Alexa, last episode.”
  • “Alexa, start over.”
  • “Alexa, play from the beginning.”



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