Recently Amazon has been pushing their voice controls with the Alexa Voice Remote for the Fire TV. Now several major developers have added support for voice controls to their Fire TV apps.
Last week Bravo, CBS, Hulu, NBC, Showtime, and PlayStation Vue all added the ability to control their app with your voice. In the past you could launch these apps by asking for them with your Alexa voice remote. Now you can also control the apps with your voice.
Now you can tell Alexa to “Play,” “Pause,” “Rewind,” “Fast Forward,” and more. You can also ask PlayStation Vue to jump to a channel just by asking, for example, “switch channel to ESPN” or “tune to ESPN”.
For Hulu’s video on demand you can say commands like:
- “Alexa, watch The Handmaid’s Tale.”
- “Alexa, watch The Mindy Project.”
If you have a Hulu with Live TV you can try:
- “Alexa, go to ESPN.”
- “Alexa, watch FOX.”
“This is an extremely exciting time in the world of digital voice assistants. Voice capabilities are exploding due, in large part, to leaders in the space like Amazon opening their doors to 3rd-party developers, creating endless voice-driven possibilities. We are particularly fired up about how these technologies will simplify TV viewing. That’s why we are very happy to announce today that, beginning this Fall, Hulu will be among the first 3rd-party entertainment services to support Amazon’s digital voice assistant, Alexa,” said Richard Irving VP of Product for Hulu.
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