Yes, it's possible to control your TV with Alexa. As long as you have an Amazon Fire TV, you can control the streaming stick or box using an Echo speaker.
No matter if you have the standard Echo, Echo Dot or any other Echo speaker in the same room as the television you've got your Fire TV plugged into, you've got the option to control your viewing - or access your security camera feeds - using just your voice; there's no need to pick up that remote control.
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Plus, if your TV supports HDMI-CEC, you'll also be able to power it on from standby simply by saying a Fire TV command such as, "Alexa, open Netflix". Alternatively, you can pick up the Fire TV Cube, which rolls the Echo and Fire TV into one device. Otherwise, read on for everything you need to know.
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Controlling Fire TV using your Echo speaker
It's super simple to get started. In fact, if you've only got one Fire TV device, simply using a compatible command will automatically pair an Echo device to it.
For example, if you've got an Echo Dot in your living room and you say, "Alexa, watch Homeland," then the Dot will instantly pair up with the only Fire TV it can find in your Alexa account. You can link multiple Alexa devices to the same Fire TV, but only one Alexa device at a time can control a Fire TV; handy if you've got a pair of Echo speakers either side of your couch, for example.
If you do have more than one Fire TV, you'll need to jump into the Alexa app to pair your devices:
- Pull out the menu and select Settings.
- Go to TV & Video and select Fire TV.
- Follow the instructions.
- Select 'Link Devices' to confirm your selection.
You can view and manage your linked devices from the Alexa app at any time. Go back to Settings from the menu, select TV & Video, select your linked Fire TV, and then select Manage devices.
One interesting note: while you can fire up a smart home security camera feed (from a Nest Cam, for example) by saying, "Alexa, show me the [room name]", if your paired Echo device has a screen - i.e. is a Show or Spot - that device will default as the playback device for that command.
Far-field control of Fire TV is works on all generations of Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and all models of Echo speaker can be paired up.
Alexa Fire TV commands
Once synced up you'll have access to an absolute wealth of new Alexa commands, mostly focused on streaming TV, obviously - but there's also the security camera access we've just mentioned.
Here's some top Fire TV Alexa commands to try out. The results you will get on screen will depend what streaming apps you've installed on your Fire TV.
"Alexa, watch [movie title]‚ÄĚ
"Alexa, fast forward [x] minutes"
"Alexa, rewind [x] seconds."
"Alexa, next / next Episode."
"Alexa, turn it down on Fire TV."
"Alexa, show me movies with [actor's name]"
"Alexa, open Netflix‚ÄĚ
"Alexa, show me popular show on [app]"
"Alexa, go to [channel / network] on [app]."
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