Alexa in the UK can now also control TVs and other Audio Video devices — Possibly including the Fire TV

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. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 with Alexa arrives in the UK

The 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick has been released today in the UK. Several readers have let me know that their pre-orders have arrived and Alexa is finally working on a Fire TV device in the UK. The 5.2.4.1 software update that is currently rolling out to all devices will be adding Alexa to all existing Fire TV models in the UK and Germany as well. Amazon UK has now officially announced that all 1st-gen devices will be getting the new user interface and all models will be getting Alexa. The Fire TV Stick 2 will be arriving in Germany on April 20th, but existing Fire TV owners in Germany should start receiving the 5.2.4.1 update with Alexa before then, during the next few weeks.

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Alexa added to all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models in the UK and Germany

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners in the US have had access to Alexa on their devices for over a year, but the voice assistant hasn’t made an appearance on Fire TV devices overseas yet. That has finally changed with the new 5.2.4.1 software update currently rolling out to all Fire TV models globally. In addition to bringing the new Fire TV user interface to older 1st-generation models, as well as a few other new features, the update adds Alexa to all UK and German Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 with Alexa announced for the UK and Germany

As expected, Amazon has announced that the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick, which was released in the US last October, is coming to the UK and Germany. The quad-core streaming stick is now available for pre-order in the UK for £39.99 and in Germany for 39,99 €. In addition to being a much more capable device than its predecessor, thanks to its quad-core 1.3 Ghz Mediatek 8127D processor, Mali-450 GPU, and 802.11ac WiFi, the all-new Fire TV Stick 2 comes with a voice remote and full Alexa capabilities. Read more ›

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UK and Germany probably getting 2nd-Gen Fire TV Stick soon

The 2nd generation Fire TV Stick has been available in the US since October of last year, but Amazon has not released it in other regions yet, like the UK and Germany, where they still sell the 1st generation device. I think this is about to change soon, due to an abrupt supply shortage of Fire TV Sticks in the US. Earlier this week, the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick suddenly became backordered in the US. Ordering one today won’t see it arrive for over a month. I suspect this is due to Amazon rerouting all supplies to the UK and Germany in preparation for the device’s imminent international launch. Read more ›

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Alexa Voice Service now available for the UK and Germany

Amazon has announced that Alexa Voice Service (AVS) is now available for devices in the UK and Germany. AVS is what allows any manufacturer to build Alexa into their device. This is distinctly different from the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), which is what allows Alexa to talk to other devices and services. The US already has devices, like the Triby, that have Alexa built-in, with more devices, like a GE lamp, on their way. Now customers in the UK and Germany should start seeing devices hit the market with Alexa capabilities built-in. This news should mean that Alexa will finally make her debut on UK and German Fire TVs soon.

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Amazon Alexa gains IFTTT support in the UK

Amazon Alexa has long had IFTTT integration in the US, but when the Echo and Echo Dot were released in the UK, IFTTT was missing. That changes today with the announcement that Alexa now works with IFTTT in the UK. IFTTT, which stands for “if this then that“, is a web service that acts as a middleman to facilitate communication between dozens of different devices and services. While Alexa can natively work with many services, IFTTT fills the cracks where functionality is missing. The most useful IFTTT function is easily the “trigger” phrase which allows you to execute any IFTTT recipe by saying “Alexa, trigger…” followed by any custom phrase you choose.

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Amazon Prime in the UK discounted to £59 for ‘The Grand Tour’ premiere [Expired]

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Amazon has dropped the price of Prime membership to £59 in the UK in anticipation of the premiere of their new motoring show The Grand Tour. The first episode of the new series will debut on November 18th, which is also when the discounted Prime membership promotion ends. Amazon Prime membership is hardly ever discounted, so if you’re in the UK and have been considering joining Prime, here is your rare chance to save £20 off the £79 regular price.

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Evidence of Alexa coming to UK and German Fire TVs

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One of the most common questions I’ve been asked recently, during the Q&A portion of the AFTVnewscast, is whether or not UK and German Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks will be getting access to Alexa on their devices like is available on US devices. Now that the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are officially available in the UK and Germany, you would think Amazon would activate Alexa on all Fire TVs, but they’ve been silent on the matter. I did some digging through the latest Fire TV software update to see if I could determine the answer to this question for myself and I think I’ve found evidence that suggest Alexa is indeed coming to Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks in the UK and Germany. Read more ›

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Amazon UK offering £25 off a Fire TV Stick for new Prime members [Expired]

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Amazon UK just started a new promotion where customers will receive £25 off a Fire TV Stick if they signing up for Amazon Prime in the next two days. With that discount, the Fire TV Stick would be only £9.99, which is just £3 more than the special pre-order discount offered when the Fire TV Stick first debut in the UK. Even though a new Fire TV Stick 2 is expected soon, that’s a pretty good deal for someone considering Prime membership. Thanks JackalDancer for the heads up!

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