Amazon Launches Fire TV Media Streamer With Alexa Remote in the UK

Amazon Launches Fire TV Media Streamer With Alexa Remote in the UK

ABC7 is now available on Amazon Fire TV, a streaming media player that connects directly into your television set. But while the best feature is undoubtedly controlling playback by voice - "Alexa, go back 30 seconds", for instance - that only works on Amazon Video.

You can find out more details about the new Amazon Fire TV Stick over at Amazon at the link below.

The launch in the United Kingdom coincides with a big update - the Fire TV Stick can now be controlled using Amazon's Alexa technology, which means you can just use voice commands to choose your favourite shows to play.

The £40 ($50) device transforms any TV screen into a streaming service and it will now come with Alexa - the female helper from Amazon Echo - as standard.

The new update will be rolling out to customers today.

TV viewers will be able to speak to Alexa through a microphone built into the device's remote control.

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Customers will be able to ask Alexa to answer general knowledge queries, get updates on the news and weather, check the status of their commute, get sports scores, create shopping lists, play music, change your central heating settings, order a vehicle from Uber or a takeaway from Just Eat, and more.

Now, curiously, this video functionality is ONLY on Fire devices, so if you have an Amazon Echo and a Fire TV, you can't issue instructions to the former and have them carried out on the latter.

Amazon describes its new user interface as a "cinematic experience", with trailers and screenshots from shows and films embedded directly into the menus.

This week, Amazon began rolling out a new update to all Amazon Fire TV devices in the United Kingdom that adds support for Alexa.

The latest Fire TV Stick has been available stateside since October previous year, but United Kingdom fans now have their chance to get their hands on it.

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