Amazon has announced that UK customers now also have access to Alexa’s recently added ability to control media devices like TVs, remotes, A/V receivers, and IR hubs. This is the extension of the Alexa Smart Home Skill API that allows customers to remotely control Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks using the Echo and Echo Dot.
When Amazon first announced Alexa’s new ability to control media devices, it wasn’t until a couple of weeks later that the new feature made it possible to control Fire TV devices. While Amazon hasn’t technically announced that Fire TV owners in the UK can now control use Echo devices to control the streaming media players, the feature seems to already be rolling out.
Echo device owners in the UK are already seeing a new Fire TV option in the Alexa app that lets them assign Echo devices to control the Fire TV. The feature may not be fully ready yet because some Alexa controls, like launching apps, don’t seem to work yet in the UK.