Alexa goes hands-free to make your Amazon Fire TV put on a Show

Enhanced voice search and on screen visuals land with big update

Alexa goes hands-free for Fire TV Show
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Amazon is rolling out big changes for controlling your Fire TV with Alexa.

Firstly Amazon is improving the hands-free experience when it comes to controlling media and navigating on screen menus and controls, with a paired Echo device and your Fire TV.

You've been able to pair your Echo smart speaker with a Fire TV device for a while now, allowing you to speak to Amazon's digital assistant to command your Fire TV viewing.

But Amazon has announced that changes will improve the experience so you can go beyond commands such as "Alexa, open Netflix" or "Alexa, show me The Man in the High Castle on Prime Video", and go much more specific, just as you currently can if you pick up the Fire TV remote with Alexa built in and push the button.

Think along the lines of "Alexa, go back," "Alexa, scroll right/left," or "Alexa, go to my Watch List."

This will work best with a non-screen Echo device such as the new Dot or 4th-gen Echo, as an Echo Show, with its own display, would try to play your videos itself.

Aside from the voice improvements, another big Fire TV update, mimicking the sorts of things you see with the best Echo Show skills, is you'll now be able to use your TV screen to to enhance Alexa's results.

Again, hands-free using a paired Echo device, you'll be able to ask things like "Alexa, show me the weather," "Alexa, show me the front door camera," or "Alexa, show me my shopping list" and you'll see visual responses.

This new “show me” experience works with any paired Alexa device except the Echo Show / Spot - because these smart speakers with screens would respond with their own visuals, of course.

All of these updates will be rolling out in the next few weeks.

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