The UK’s most popular streaming client is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Now there is an update for the stick with a sensational extension – Amazon voice control, the artificial intelligence Alexa, comes to your TV.
Read on to find out how this works and what Alexa can do on TV.
Amazon voice control Alexa on TV
How does Amazon’s speech control Alexa work with your television? It’s easier than you think. If you have been using the echo up until now, you can now use the recording knob on your remote control in combination with the new Fire TV Stick. It is simply plugged into the HDMI port on the TV, registered in the domestic WLAN network and the streaming starts. .
Most important update: search function
The most important update is the search function. It is here that the artificial intelligence Alexa is used. There has been a version released about a year ago whihc is a version with microphone and associated button on the remote control. So you can search movies and series by language input. But now the new Fire TV Stick can talk with Alexa, because she answers questions that are asked by you. For example, ‘what is the weather like’? or the football results. It plays your desired music on request via Spotify or via Internet radio and controls compatible products in the networked house, such as lamps, heating thermostats or blinds.
Language assistant Alexa shows and speaks search results
This all works without the loudspeaker echo. You just need to press the microphone button on your remote control. Also the activating address “Alexa” is omitted when using via your TV. This shows the activity of the Amazon language control with a blue strip at the upper screen edge. After a short pause and search, the on-screen menu displays movies, media counters, or apps that match the question. The biggest difference to the loudspeaker is that Alexa also displays the answer on the TV graphically, instead of just talking. This means that the language assistant Alexa can not only provide the current weather, but also a prediction for the next days. It also displays spoken answers as text,
Software for older Fire TV Sticks
For older Fire TV sticks, there will soon be an update from Amazon. Then you can also use the Amazon language control Alexa. Amazon has not yet announced when the software for older Fire TV sticks will be released. Although be aware that you will need a remote control with microphone.
However, the Amazon voice control Alexa on television is not yet running completely smoothly. In a test, she had problems finding required information on the Internet. If you ask for the height of the Brandenburg Gate for example, a picture of Alexa is displayed, but no reply is given. Also Spotify does not always work smoothly when you connect to the music service. Alexa comes back to you with “Spotify is not supported on this device”, when you ask to play music.
Conclusion for Alexa on TV
What is the conclusion for Alexa on TV? The language assistant is a great extension of the Fire TV Stick. With Alexa, the television is smarter. For more information on the Amazon language control via Fire TV Stick you can find the articles Alexa comes on the TV, and Amazon Echo update. What do you think about Alexa on TV? Can you imagine using them there? Or are you an echo user? Let us know in our comments.