(Pocket-lint) - By pairing a Fire TV device with any Echo, you can now ask Amazon's Alexa assistant to play movies, launch apps, control playback, and more. Fire TV Cube owners can already use Alexa control without having to pair with a separate Echo.
You can ask Alexa to do things like show live video from compatible smart home cameras. If you have only one Fire TV in your home, your Echo device will auto-pair as soon as you ask Alexa a question that includes Fire TV. So, say, for instance, “Alexa, watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier on Fire TV.”
However, if you have more than one Fire TV, you'll need to use the Alexa app to pair your devices.
- To do this, Open the Alexa app .
- Open the menu and select Settings.
- Select TV & Video.
- Select Fire TV.
- Select Link Your Alexa Device.
- Then follow the on-screen instructions.
Once you've done that, you can ask Alexa some of the commands below in order to begin controlling your Fire TV, hands-free:
- “Alexa, watch Bad Moms”
- “Alexa, pause”
- “Alexa, fast forward 2 minutes”
- “Alexa, go back 1 minute”
- “Alexa, show me dramas with Titus Welliver”
- “Alexa, go home”
- “Alexa, open Netflix”
- “Alexa, open UKTV on Fire TV”
- “Alexa, show my front door camera”
This type of far-field voice control is available for all generations of Fire TV and Fire TV stick.