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Amazon adds new Alexa voice features to Fire TV

Amazon detailed new Alexa voice features that will be coming to Fire TV, including the ability to control playback of Amazon Video and Add-On Subscription content, launch apps, access local movie showtimes, search local businesses and restaurants, and more.

All of this will be done through your voice, utilizing the Fire TV remote. Now discovering and accessing content on Fire TV will be even easier, users will be able to access the Alexa playback features, plus integrated voice search across 59 content partners including Hulu, Showtime, Starz, HBO Go and more. These new Alexa features will be automatically delivered via free, over-the-air software updates in the coming weeks.

“Customers have told us they love having the convenience of Alexa on their Amazon Fire TV,” said Tim Twerdahl, General Manager, Amazon Fire TV. “We’re excited to add new Alexa features to Fire TV, making it easier than ever to enjoy their favorite TV shows, movies, and apps.”

New features coming to Amazon Fire TV in the coming weeks include the ability to launch apps using Alexa—Say “Open HBO Now” or “Launch Hulu” into the Fire TV Voice Remote to instantly open the app.

Users will be able to play Amazon Video and Add-On Subscription content from Starz, Showtime, and more using Alexa. Users can say “Play Interstellar,” or “Watch Veep” to get even easier access to your favorite TV shows and movies.

You can also find local movie showtimes via Alexa by asking “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 is also coming, you will be able to access YouTube’s full 4K library via the YouTube.com app on Amazon Fire TV when connected to a UHD-compatible TV. You will also be able to search for local businesses and restaurants using Alexa by asking “What Mexican restaurants are nearby?” or ask “What time does the nearest bank close?” to get convenient information on businesses nearby.

If you love Kindle e-books then Alexa is here to help. Just say “Read The Nightingale” to listen to text-to-speech enabled books from your Kindle library through Amazon Fire TV.

You can find more information on the Amazon Echo on the official product page, shoppers can also find the latest Amazon Fire here.