Amazon Updates Fire TV & Fire TV Stick with Expanded Alexa Voice Search & Recommendations

Posted Tue Sep 6, 2016 at 04:15 PM PDT by
Fire TV Stick News

New features are now available on Amazon's media players.  

Amazon has announced a new update for its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. As part of the upgrade, users will now have access to expanded voice search and content recommendation features.

"Customers have told us they love having access to the wide selection of apps, games, and Alexa skills on Amazon Fire TV, and they love how easy it is to find their favorite shows with universal voice search," said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. "Now, we're making it easier than ever for customers to find their favorite content with universal voice search across 75 apps and channels, and a new, simple way to see recommendations from Netflix, HBO GO, and HBO NOW right on the home screen."

The update includes Alexa voice search support for even more apps, along with personalized recommendations from more services, like HBO GO and Netflix, directly through the homepage. The Fire TV and Fire TV Stick update is now rolling out to customers via a free, over-the-air software update. Here's a full rundown of new features per the press release:

- Universal Search expanded to over 75 apps and channels. Use your voice to search across 75+ apps and channels, including Netflix. With support for universal search across more apps and content providers than any other streaming media player, Fire TV makes it easy to find and watch your favorite TV shows and movies. In addition, if a TV show or movie is available on multiple apps, Fire TV will now show you viewing options – watch, stream, rent, or purchase – so you can choose an app or channel based on convenience and value.

- Customized content that’s easy to find. With Fire TV, you don’t have to launch multiple apps to see what’s new or get recommendations. Now, subscribers to popular providers like Netflix or HBO can quickly see personalized recommendations in custom rows available directly from the Fire TV home page. Fire TV gives customers a fast, easy way to access content they want with custom rows for popular apps and channels, including HBONetflix, and more in the coming months.

- Alexa voice control for Amazon Video. Using just your voice, Alexa support for Amazon Video now lets you advance or go back in a video any amount of time you specify. Say “skip ahead 2 minutes” to jump past the opening credits. Miss something because you were interrupted? Just try “rewind 30 seconds.” Ready for the next episode? Just say “next.”

- Sports Updates. Using Alexa, just say “give me my sports update” to see the latest scores and game info from your favorite sports teams right from your Fire TV. To select your favorite sports teams, simply go to Settings within the Alexa app, using a browser or your Fire tablet, iOS or Android device.

"At Netflix, we are always seeking new ways to help connect people with stories they’ll love," said Scott Mirer, Vice President of device partner ecosystem at Netflix. "Now, Fire TV customers have more ways to discover great TV shows and movies on Netflix through personalized recommendations available in a custom row right on the home page or through universal voice search – making it more convenient for them to find their favorite show on Netflix."

The Amazon Fire TV is currently on sale for $85. Meanwhile, the Fire TV Stick is currently on sale for $45.

Source: Amazon

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