Alexa rolls out to UK Amazon Fire TV devices

Posted April 08, 2017

Last year, Amazon announced the new Fire TV Stick and immediately started selling it in the US.

If you've invested in a Fire TV device that doesn't come with a voice remote then you'll be able to access Alexa through the Fire TV's app which is available for iOS and Android.

Fire TV now features an overhauled Netflix-type user interface - called the Cinematic UI - that is created to make finding movies and TV shows easier.

The bot will be able to understand entertainment-specific commands such as "skip back 10 minutes" and "find suspense thrillers". Before you can use the device's skills-Amazon's term for its audio controlled apps-you first have to enable them.

FOX 2 is now offering news updates from Amazon Alexa.

Amazon announced its latest Fire TV Stick with Alexa support in February.

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You can get headlines and weather from your Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV, Amazon Tap and many more devices.

Once you've done that, getting the latest local news stories is as simple as saying "Alexa, what's in the news?" or "Alexa, play my Flash Briefing".

The new Fire TV Stick is already available for purchase.

Amazon describes its new user interface as a "cinematic experience", with trailers and screenshots from shows and films embedded directly into the menus.

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. Any existing voice remotes will now become Alexa remotes, allowing you to use the AI assistant regardless of your hardware.

"Overall, it's been really cool, my family is all thoroughly entertained and we have an ongoing group chat about it", said Seary in an interview with NJ Advance Media, though in a subsequent interview with The Huffington Post, she says things sometimes get frustrating.