Amazon Fire TV owners can now use voice commands to control Hulu and other third-party apps

Amazon has just announced that you can now use voice commands to control third-party apps on its Fire TV and Fire Stick devices. Previously, you could only use voice commands on Amazon Video but now you can use Alexa to control the Hulu app and more. 

It isn’t just Hulu that you can control with Alexa, voice commands will also work with CBS All Access, Sony PlayStation Vue, and Showtime, with Showtime Anytime support coming soon. You can now use your voice to tell Alexa to search, control playback, and change channels using commands such as “Alexa, go to Hulu” or “Alexa, rewind 5 minutes”, or “Alexa, pause”.

Amazon has listed the following as examples of commands you can try:

Bravo

  • “Alexa, play Below Deck.”
  • “Alexa, watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

CBS All Access

  • “Alexa, play Star Trek Discovery on CBS All Access.”
  • “Alexa, play Young Sheldon.”
  • “Alexa, watch 60 Minutes.”

Hulu

  • “Alexa, watch The Handmaid’s Tale.”
  • “Alexa, play The Mindy Project.”
  • “Alexa, go to ESPN.” (with Live TV subscription)
  • “Alexa, tune to FOX.” (with Live TV subscription)

NBC

  • “Alexa, play The Good Place.”
  • “Alexa, watch This Is Us.”

SHOWTIME

  • “Alexa, play Homeland.”
  • “Alexa, watch Shameless.”
  • “Alexa, play Inside the NFL.”
  • “Alexa, search for comedies on SHOWTIME.”

Sony PlayStation Vue

  • “Alexa, watch Mr. Robot on PlayStation Vue.”
  • “Alexa, tune to Food Network.”
  • “Alexa, go to CNN.”

This is just the first batch of third-party apps that support using voice commands via Alexa, Amazon says that other apps are expected to be updated with the added functionality in the coming months.

Source: Amazon


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