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amazon fire tv stick with alexa voice remote

The Amazon Fire TV Stick now supports Amazon's voice-activated personal assistant Alexa. The streaming device has just got an update that lets you speak to control it.

Called the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, it works just like the standard Fire TV Stick – plug it into your TV's HDMI socket and you can stream all manner of content from services like BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video. The main difference is the addition of voice controls.

Like other Alexa-enabled devices, it picks up on your conversational speech. So tell it to "find suspense thrillers" or "open Netflix" and it'll do so.

Amazon Prime Video has its own suite of controls. You can tell it to "go back 30 seconds" or "jump ahead two minutes", for example.

To activate its voice controls, just press the microphone button on the remote.

The Amazon UI has had a refresh too, making it easier to find content without opening and closing apps all the time.

The device is 30 per cent faster than the previous Fire TV Stick. It's available to pre-order now, and costs £39.99. It will ship on 6th April.

Amazon has also announced it will be phasing out the older generation Fire TV Stick. So from now on, every Fire TV Stick will come with Alexa voice controls.

Source: Amazon

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