The dream of controlling your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Tap is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to Logitech. The consumer electronics company is currently beta testing Alexa integration with their very popular Harmony line of universal remotes, according to an email received by Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny. Harmony remotes are among the few universal remotes that work with the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, thanks to their included Harmony Hub. The hub connects to the Fire TV via bluetooth and relays input from the RF-based remote to the Fire TV. The new Alexa integration will initially allow you to use your voice to trigger Harmony Activities, which are profiles you set that prepare your A/V equipment for a specific viewing task. This functionality is possible using third-party services like IFTTT, but it’s always nice to have first-party support directly from the manufacturer. Future Alexa capabilities could be added to more deeply control the Fire TV with your voice.
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