STARZ and ENCORE added to Fire TV voice search with 10+ more services being added by the end of the year


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.

  1. clocks says:

    This is great news, but until Netflix is included, voice search has limit use. I probably watch more Netflix than all other channels combined.

    • Ryan says:

      Agreed 100%
      It really should not be this complex to bring new services into Voice Search. All Amazon needs to do is publish an API that will send processed search queries to apps that have registered listeners. The Apps would process the search query and return a result (if found within the app’s service).

      User Speaks >> Amazon turns request into specific media items >> Amazon sends media items to apps >> apps return a result, or “not found” response >> Amazon presents results to user.

      This would work with any service that implements the API and is approved by Amazon. I have a hard time believing that Netflix doesn’t want its content surfaced by voice search…

    • Dave69 says:

      TIVO doesn’t have voice search but in manual search it finds movies for Netflix and Prime and other services for you. It should be easy for them to accomplish this task.

      I get the feeling they don’t want to add it, keeping you in Prime content.

  2. Florian says:

    none of the services are available here in Germany … no luck for us :( probably no Alexa for us too

  3. Alex Hewson says:

    ufc fight pass please!

  4. Tom says:

    Starz doesn’t support DTS, so it’s worthless until it does. Audio doesn’t work.

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