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If you're like Gary Busey and enjoy talking to things such as your Amazon Fire TV, you'll be pleased to know Amazon has added new voice search partners to their still fresh set-top box. Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime are joining VEVO in integrating their full catalogs into Fire TV’s unified voice search.

“We’re excited and energized by the momentum we’re seeing with Fire TV,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “Customers are telling us they love it, developers are building for it, and we’re working hard to expand existing features and build new ones. We’re thrilled to have Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME integrating their full selection of movies and TV shows into Fire TV’s unified voice search.”

On top of that, Amazon took the time to note a few other things that are coming for the Fire TV as well. Game selection will be expanding and soon, you will be able to play touch-enabled games with the upcoming Fire TV app for your phone or tablet. Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration is coming as part of a free, over-the-air software update and finally, Prime browse will make it even easier to discover movies and TV shows that are included in Prime Instant Video.

We've already ran through a full review of the Fire TV and one pain point we had with it was that the universal search wasn't as good as it could be, so it's nice to see Amazon is still improving that. Aside from all that, it seems Amazon didn't give up all the goods on release either. This announcement shows they're still looking to add more in hopes to make their set-top box the only one you need. The new additions will start rolling out this summer.

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Amazon adds Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime to their lineup of Fire TV voice search partners


Seems odd they haven't added Netflix or Vudu..or does it? I love my Roku 3 which is plenty fast, delivers on all fronts and has far more content.. it also doesn't require I have a Prime account :)

Does Amazon control that? Can anyone confirm this? Seems like Netflix is an obvious choice for this but I wonder if it's on Netflix to complete. Netflix app on Fire TV doesn't seem to be latest version anyhow - my ps4 and Roku 3 have the "new Netflix experience" but not my Fire TV yet. Seems like a version behind UI wise.

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And wouldn't amazon need access to a Netflix API for search data? As far as I know, Netflix doesn't provide any kind of search API. But then again, Roku can search Netflix. So maybe amazon will need to work with Netflix to use whatever private API they have.

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They need to add HBO Go.I know you can sideload it, but we need an official version. What I'm really hoping is that Amazon updates the Fire for USB storage support. I wanna use it for Roms.