Amazon's Alexa-Powered Fire TV Stick Starts Shipping Today

Posted April 08, 2017

News on two fronts for Amazon Fire TV users.

At the time of announcement, being able to control your TV by voice was a novel thing in the United Kingdom, but even in that short time we've seen Sky Q introduce voice control, as well as the launch of Google Home on these shores. As well as voice commands for Alexa, the system can also cope with video related requests such as "find Carrie Fisher movies" or "skip back ten minutes" by voice.

"Not only are we shipping a new Fire TV Stick - a faster and more powerful successor to our fastest-selling United Kingdom device ever - we're also rolling Alexa out to every single Fire TV device in the UK". Those without Amazon's newfangled voice remote will be able to use Amazon's TV app for iOS and Android to access the voice assistant.

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If you own an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can have local news read to you by the voice of and the brain behind Amazon's smart-speaker platform, Alexa.

A free software update makes Alexa available to millions of United Kingdom customers who already have Fire TV devices in their homes.

"This is a big day for Fire TV customers".

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They say that the new Alexa driven TV experiences will bring benefits making finding easier and more enjoyable.

The new Fire TV Stick has been completely redesigned, with a quad-core processor and the fastest Wi-Fi of any streaming media stick. Any existing voice remotes will now become Alexa remotes, allowing you to use the AI assistant regardless of your hardware.

Amazon has created a free software update to bring Alexa voice control to all generations of Fire TV Stick as the company's latest model goes on sale.

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The digital assistant is always learning and developers are continually updating its software.