Fire TV customers can now use Alexa to voice search across more apps
and channels than any other streaming media player
Fire TV and Fire TV Stick now integrate personalized recommendations
from popular providers including Netflix and HBO, giving customers more
ways to find great content
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 6, 2016--
(NASDAQ:AMZN) – Amazon today announced new features are coming to the
best-selling Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. These features will be
enabled automatically as part of a free, over-the-air software update
currently being delivered to customers. Through this update, customers
can now easily use their voice to search for favorite content, find the
best subscription deals, and see recommendations for popular programming
from apps including Netflix, HBO GO and, coming soon, HBO NOW.
“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.”
New features coming to all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick customers
starting today include:
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 HBO, Netflix, 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.”
Amazon Fire TV is the #1 selling streaming media player in the US across
all retailers, and Fire TV Stick is the most reviewed product in Amazon
history with more than 100,000 customer reviews. Additional product
details are available at amazon.com/firetv.
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than
competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational
excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,
personalized recommendations, Prime Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle
Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa
are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more
information, visit www.amazon.com/about.
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