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How to Control Your Fire TV With Alexa Voice Commands
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How to Control Your Fire TV With Alexa Voice Commands

Jacob Kleinman, Gawker Media

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Amazon is making it even easier to control your Fire TV without straining yourself with the use of a physical remote. After adding the ability the control your television through an Echo speaker over the summer , the company announced an update on Thursday that adds even more voice-based controls across even more streaming apps.

Starting now, you can control Bravo, CBS All Access, Hulu, NBC, Showtime and Sony PlayStation Vue . That's in addition to all the apps that already work with Alexa voice controls like Netflix, Prime Video and HBO NOW.

To watch a specific show on any of those apps, just say something like "Alexa, watch Star Trek Discovery " or "Alexa, play The Handmaid's Tale " or whatever else you want to watch. If you pay for Hulu's live TV option or PlayStation Vue, you can also use Alexa to switch between channels supported by those services with commands like "Alexa, go to ESPN" or "Alexa, tune to FOX."

Once you pick a show or movie, you can still use Alexa to control what's happening on screen. Just use one of these phrases to navigate what you're watching without ever picking up the remote (let alone actually getting off the couch):

"Alexa, pause."

"Alexa, fast-forward."

"Alexa, fast-forward 5 minutes."

"Alexa, rewind."

"Alexa, rewind 5 minutes."

"Alexa, play."

"Alexa, next episode."

"Alexa, last episode."

"Alexa, start over."

"Alexa, play from the beginning."

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