Per a post from the Amazon Fire TV blog, relaxing at home just became that much easier since Alexa on Fire TV can now control CBS All Access, Hulu Live TV, Playstation Vue, and more livestreaming services.
Imagine sitting on the couch, tired after a long day of work or other activities. Watching a few episodes of a favorite show seems like the perfect way to unwind, but you can’t find the remote. With Amazon Fire TV’s newest update, it’s as simple as saying, “Alexa, play the Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.” Alexa responds to other commands as well, like “go to ESPN,” “rewind 5 minutes,” and “pause.”
Currently, Alexa on Fire TV functions with the following apps:
- CBS All Access
- Sony PlayStation Vue
Assuming the technology works well, it’s safe to assume this list will grow over time.
AI technologies like Alexa and Siri are still infamous for misunderstanding commands, but this sounds like a major step in the right direction. After all, not having to worry about losing the remote anymore would come as a huge relief to most families. Still, only time will tell whether or not voice commands will make the remote entirely obsolete. Issues may arise when it comes to choosing a particular episode on Hulu, setting recordings, or other more granular activities. We’ll just have to see.
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