Amazon will roll out new features for its Fire TV set-top box in the near future. Many of them will allow users to access more voice commands via Alexa, such as launching apps, starting videos and more.
Amazon's list of new features for the Fire TV include:
- Launch apps using Alexa—Say "Open HBO Now" or "Launch Hulu" into the Fire TV Voice Remote to instantly open the app
- Play Amazon Video and Add-On Subscription content from Starz, Showtime, and more using Alexa—Say "Play Interstellar," or "Watch Veep" and get even easier access to your favorite TV shows and movies
- Find local movie show times via Alexa—Ask "What movies are playing nearby?" or "Where is The Jungle Book playing?" to find out what movies are playing in theatres near you or specific movie times
- YouTube 4K Ultra HD—Access YouTube's full 4K library via the YouTube.com app on Amazon Fire TV when connected to a UHD-compatible TV
- Search for local businesses and restaurants using Alexa—Ask "What Mexican restaurants are nearby?" to find restaurants around you or ask "What time does the nearest bank close?" to get convenient information on businesses nearby
- Access Kindle e-books via Alexa—Say "Read The Nightingale" to listen to text-to-speech enabled books from your Kindle library through Amazon Fire TV
The new features will be coming to the Fire TV box, via over-the-air software updates, "in the coming weeks."