Control Fire TV apps with Alexa: Voice control

How does Fire TV work?

Amazon Fire TV Stick is a small device the size of a flash drive that plugs into a TVs HDMI port. The Fire Stick enables any TV to stream content over Wi-Fi such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, HBO go, and much more. It can basically turn any TV into a Smart TV by simply plugging it into a HDMI video port. Introduced in 2014 the Fire Stick is in competition with Google Chromecast, and Roku. Amazons Fire Stick, Chromecast, and Roku are a new breed of electronics called Streaming TV Sticks that stream movies and TV shows from online sources.

Amazon Fire Stick Specifications

The first version had a Broadcom BCM28145 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. The new second generation has a MediaTek 8127D Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1. The video output resolution is the same for both with High definition 720p or 1080p.

Fire TV

Connect the Fire TV to your television and plug it in

  • To connect the box to the TV, plug the attached HDMI cable into one of the HDMI ports on your TV.
  • The stick just plugs directly into the port, no cable needed.
  • Note the number of the port (e.g. HDMI 1, HDMI 2…) and use your television remote (NOT your Amazon Fire TV remote) to switch to that input.
  • You’ll know you’re on the right channel when you see the Fire TV logo on the screen.
  • If you don’t have your television’s remote, your cable/satellite/universal remote probably has an Input button.
  • But if it doesn’t your TV should have a button on it to switch inputs.
  • When you want to go back to watching regular TV, use the Input button to switch back to the port where your TV signal goes into the TV.
  • Connect the power cord to the box/stick and plug it in.
  • Note that there is no on or off switch for the Amazon Fire TV. It’s always on (but uses very little energy when it’s not actually in use).

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Update

The new update will let you navigate around third-party apps with voice control. Therefore, users will not require a remote in order to switch between apps. The update is supposedly available on all Fire TV Cube devices.

The apps that support hands-free navigation are:

  • ABC
  • Boomerang
  • Cartoon Network
  • The CW
  • CW Seed
  • DramaFever
  • ESPN
  • FilmStruck
  • Fox Now
  • Hallmark Movies Now
  • HBO Go
  • HBO Now
  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Red Bull TV
  • Tubi TV

Amazon also mentioned that they’re working on other apps to introduce this feature as well.

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