New streaming service support is coming to Alexa on Amazon's Fire TV devices, including the TVs which have Fire TV built-in and Amazon's standalone Fire TV products like the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick. To be clear, this is a feature that users already had with Amazon Video using Alexa voice commands, but today Amazon is officially opening up this feature to third-party services and has flipped the switch allowing anyone who owns a Fire TV device to ask Alexa to interact with a handful of new apps.
The list of newly supported third-party services which users can ask Alexa to play content from includes popular options like Hulu, PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, NBC, SHOWTIME, Bravo and more. It's not just possible to ask Alexa to play content from any of these services either as users can also request that Alexa pause content, resume playback, rewind content, fast forward content, and even search for content on a specific service. This comes at a time when Google is also expanding its own Google Home/Google Assistant technology in regards to support for new video services, having just released support for Crackle through Google Home over the last day or so.
While users can choose to use the included remote that is powered by Amazon Alexa to utilize these new skills, all of the skills and requests are usable through the lineup of Echo speakers as well for those that have an Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, or Echo Show, so long as the speaker is connected to the Fire TV device first. This way users can be completely hands-free when asking Alexa to play something or pause/stop the playback of content. That means no reaching to pick up the remote if you suddenly need to get up for any reason and especially so if you just happened to leave the remote on the TV stand or across the room. All of these services should be supported and the interactivity should be live as of now for anyone with a Fire TV device, whether it's through the voice remote or an Echo speaker. That said it's possible that it may take a little while for it to activate for everybody. Amazon also doesn't seem to mention if this is only available in the U.S. and certain other regions.