Posted Tue May 17, 2016 at 12:30 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The streaming media player is getting new voice features.
Amazon has announced the arrival of new Alexa voice features and YouTube 4K support for the Fire TV. The upgrade includes voice control for playing
"Customers have told us they love having the convenience of Alexa on their Amazon Fire TV," said
Per the press release, here's a full rundown of new upcoming Fire TV features:
- Launch apps using Alexa—Say "Open HBO Now" or "Launch Hulu" into the Fire TV Voice Remote to instantly open the app
- Play Amazon Video and Add-On Subscription content from Starz,
- Find local movie show times via Alexa—Ask "What movies are playing nearby?" or "Where is The Jungle Book playing?" to find out what movies are playing in theatres near you or specific movie times
- YouTube 4K Ultra HD—Access YouTube's full 4K library via the YouTube.com app on Amazon Fire TV when connected to a UHD-compatible TV
- Search for local businesses and restaurants using Alexa—Ask "What Mexican restaurants are nearby?" to find restaurants around you or ask "What time does the nearest bank close?" to get convenient information on businesses nearby
- Access Kindle e-books via Alexa—Say "Read The Nightingale" to listen to text-to-speech enabled books from your Kindle library through Amazon Fire TV
The new Alexa voice features will be available through a free, over the air software update in the coming weeks. The Fire TV is now available for $100.
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