Amazon has expanded the Routines feature of its Alexa voice system to Fire TV, giving users an enhanced level of control in their smart-home entertainment experience.
Routines, which were introduced in 2017, tie multiple actions to a single voice command. With the new setup, for example, Amazon FireTV users can say, “Alexa, I’m getting a snack” and Fire TV content will pause and smart lights can turn on. When they report, “Alexa, I’m back,” Alexa will respond, “OK – now back to your show,” turn the lights back off and resume programming.
Routines can be customized to include actions like powering on or off a TV, opening a specific app, or playing, pausing or resuming particular titles. Companion smart home devices can adjust lighting and the thermostat via Alexa.
A Morning Consult survey cited by Amazon found that 32% of U.S. respondents reported falling asleep to movies or TV shows more often in 2020 than they did last year. A Routine can be set up so that when the command “Alexa, time for bed” is spoken, the TV will be powered off and Alexa devices will announce, “Alright everyone – it’s time for bed.” Smart lights will start to dim and an alarm will be set for the next morning.
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Entertainment Alexa Routines are available on all Fire TV devices including Fire TV Edition smart TVs and Fire TV Cube. Viewers using Fire TV Stick will need a set that supports Consumer Electronics Control in order to be able to set a Routine that powers on and off their TV.
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