If you have an Amazon Echo speaker and an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Cube, you can control your TV with the power of Alexa.
Whether you have a standard Echo, Echo Dot, or other Echo smart speaker, you have the option of controlling your viewing or accessing feeds from your security camera using just your voice – as long as it is. in the same room as the television you plugged your Fire TV into.
Additionally, if your smart TV supports HDMI-CEC, you’ll also be able to turn it on from standby mode by simply saying a Fire TV command.
Learn how to do it all with our comprehensive guide to Amazon Fire TV voice control.
1. Open the Alexa app, choose More so what .
2. Scroll to TV and video and select Fire tv.
3. Choose the Fire TV you want to pair.
4. Then choose the Echo speaker that you want to control this Fire TV.
You can view and manage your paired devices from the Alexa app at any time. Come back to Settings in the menu, select TV & Video, select your paired Fire TV, and then select Manage devices.
An interesting note: while you can initiate a smart home security camera feed (from a Ring Cam, for example) by saying, “Alexa, show me [room name]”, if your paired Echo device has a display – ie is a show or a spot â ???? this device will by default be the playback device for this command.
Fire TV’s far-field voice control works on all generations of Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks, and all Echo speaker models can be paired.
Using Fire TV with an Echo speaker
Once synced, you’ll have access to a slew of new Alexa features – mostly focused on TV streaming, of course, but there’s also the security camera access we just mentioned:
“Alexa, look [movie title]”
– Alexa, pause “
“Alexa, fast forward [x] minutes”
“Alexa, go back [x] seconds. “
“Alexa, next / next episode.”
“Alexa, turn it off on Fire TV.”
“Alexa, show me movies with [actor’s name]”
“Alexa, open Netflixâ €”
“Alexa, show me a popular show on [app]”
“Alexa, go to [channel / network] sure [app]”
“Alexa, scroll left / right”
“Alexa, go to my watchlist”
Show me mode
Another great Fire TV 2020 update, emulating what you might see with Echo Show skills, is that you can use your TV screen to improve Alexa results.
You can ask for things like “Alexa, show me the weather, “Alexa, show me the nursery camera” or “Alexa, show me my shopping list” and you will see visual responses.
This new “show me” experience works with any paired Alexa device except the Echo Show / Spot – because those smart speakers with displays would respond with their own visuals, of course.
How to connect Alexa to your TV: the Fire TV Blaster
Alexa voice control for your Fire TV is great, but when it comes to doing the important things like turning on the TV, changing the volume, or changing your HDMI port, unless you have the latest Fire TV Cube, that is. the remote control is back for you.
However, Amazon is looking to free you from those chores and give you full hands-free control over your TV setup with the Fire TV Blaster, which connects Alexa directly to your TV and / or AV setup.
This $ 37.99 device sits on your media center and lets you turn your TV on or off, change the volume, or change inputs, all with your voice.
Once plugged in to power, the Blaster replaces all of your IR remotes, so the soundbar, A / V receiver, TV, and cable box – and anything connected to your HDMI ports – become Alexa-compatible. .
You can ask your favorite voice assistant commands such as:
“Alexa, turn off the TV”
“Alexa, turn up the volume on the sound bar”
– Alexa, switch to HDMI 2 ”
The Blaster requires a compatible Echo device and a Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV (3rd generation). It won’t work on its own.
It’s also worth remembering that most brands of TVs have an Alexa Skill that allows you to connect Alexa to your TV for basic functions like turning on and off.