If the uncovered Silk browser for Fire TV is any indication, Amazon will enable voice input for Fire TV apps in the future. That might still be a long time away, so in the mean time, Amazon has made voice search possible for one of the most popular apps. With the new 18.104.22.168 software update, you can now use voice search to search YouTube on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Read more ›
Netflix and HBO have finally been integrated into the Amazon Fire TV’s universal voice search. This means you can use your voice to find and bring up Netflix and HBO movies or TV shows in the Fire TV interface, even if the content is not available in any way through Amazon. Selecting the content will launch the respective app directly. This ability, which was promised by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings when the Fire TV first launched in 2014, has been a missing sore spot for Fire TV owners. A sore spot no more, because the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick now have full Netflix catalogue integration. Read more ›
Amazon has added STARZ Play and ENCORE Play content to the results of the Fire TV’s universal voice search. When browsing movies and TV shows in the main Fire TV interface, you’ll now see if the video is available through either of these two newly added apps. STARZ and ENCORE are joining existing universal search services like HBO, Showtime, Hulu, Crackle, and Vevo.
Amazon has also announced that over 10 new services will be added to the Fire TV’s universal search by the end of the year, including A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, and PBS. The sudden influx of new services being added to voice search will probably be a direct result of the next-generation Fire TV being announced soon. Still no word on whether Netflix will make good on their promise and finally be included in the Fire TV’s voice search results.
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