Amazon announces update to Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick with new features

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 6, 2016) announced new features are coming to the best-selling Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. These features will be enabled automatically as part of a free, over-the-air software update currently being delivered to customers. Through this update, customers can now easily use their voice to search for favorite content, find the best subscription deals, and see recommendations for popular programming from apps including Netflix, HBO GO and, coming soon, HBO NOW.

“Customers have told us they love having access to the wide selection of apps, games, and Alexa skills on Amazon Fire TV, and they love how easy it is to find their favorite shows with universal voice search,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. “Now, we’re making it easier than ever for customers to find their favorite content with universal voice search across 75 apps and channels, and a new, simple way to see recommendations from Netflix, HBO GO, and HBO NOW right on the home screen.”

New features coming to all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick customers starting today include:

  • Universal Search expanded to over 75 apps and channels. Use your voice to search across 75+ apps and channels, including Netflix. With support for universal search across more apps and content providers than any other streaming media player, Fire TV makes it easy to find and watch your favorite TV shows and movies. In addition, if a TV show or movie is available on multiple apps, Fire TV will now show you viewing options – watch, stream, rent, or purchase – so you can choose an app or channel based on convenience and value.
  • Customized content that’s easy to find. With Fire TV, you don’t have to launch multiple apps to see what’s new or get recommendations. Now, subscribers to popular providers like Netflix or HBO can quickly see personalized recommendations in custom rows available directly from the Fire TV home page. Fire TV gives customers a fast, easy way to access content they want with custom rows for popular apps and channels, including HBO, Netflix, and more in the coming months.
  • Alexa voice control for Amazon Video. Using just your voice, Alexa support for Amazon Video now lets you advance or go back in a video any amount of time you specify. Say “skip ahead 2 minutes” to jump past the opening credits. Miss something because you were interrupted? Just try “rewind 30 seconds.” Ready for the next episode? Just say “next.”
  • Sports Updates. Using Alexa, just say “give me my sports update” to see the latest scores and game info from your favorite sports teams right from your Fire TV. To select your favorite sports teams, simply go to Settings within the Alexa app, using a browser or your Fire tablet, iOS or Android device.

“At Netflix, we are always seeking new ways to help connect people with stories they’ll love,” said Scott Mirer, Vice President of device partner ecosystem at Netflix. “Now, Fire TV customers have more ways to discover great TV shows and movies on Netflix through personalized recommendations available in a custom row right on the home page or through universal voice search – making it more convenient for them to find their favorite show on Netflix.”

Amazon Fire TV is the #1 selling streaming media player in the US across all retailers, and Fire TV Stick is the most reviewed product in Amazon history with more than 100,000 customer reviews. Additional product details are available at amazon.com/firetv.

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Amazon Fire TV now with more channels, apps, and games than any other streaming media player

  • Popular new titles include AT&T U-Verse, HBO NOW, Pac Man 256, Orbitz, Quiplash, Tastemade, and Tennis Channel Everywhere; FOX NOW, FXNOW, Poker Central, and Turner Classic Movies coming soon
  • Pluto TV and Sling TV report that Fire TV devices rank at the top for customer engagement
  • Fire TV’s integrated voice search continues to expand—now includes HBO GO, Showtime, Hulu, STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and Vevo—plus over 10 other services will be integrated this year

SEATTLE, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Fire TV now has more channels, apps, and games than any other streaming media player, and continues to have the fastest growing selection—now up 17x since the launch in April 2014. Popular new titles include AT&T U-Verse, HBO NOW, Pac Man 256, Orbitz, Quiplash, Tastemade, and Tennis Channel Everywhere. FOX NOW, FXNOW, Poker Central, and Turner Classic Movies will be coming to the platform soon.

“Selection for Fire TV is growing incredibly quickly—it has the largest and fastest growing selection of any streaming media player,” saidSteve Rabuchin, Vice President Amazon Appstore. “We’re energized by how many of our customers are discovering new content, and by how excited developers are with such a new platform.”

Fire TV integrated universal search from the very beginning, and customers have loved being able to easily search across multiple services, including HBO GO, Showtime, Hulu, STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and Vevo. Plus, Amazon will be adding over 10 services to universal search by the end of the year, including A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, and PBS.

Sling TV customers watch 16 hours of content on Fire TV per week on average. “We have experienced great results since launching Sling TV on Amazon Fire TV earlier this year,” said Bassil El-Khatib, Vice President, Sling TV. “Amazon Fire TV’s intuitive layout and fast performance are a couple of the reasons Sling TV customers on average watch 16 hours of content per week.”

With Pluto TV customers can flip through the familiar guide to enjoy late night, news, sports, classic toons, music videos and even cats. “Thanks to Amazon Fire TV and its loyal and engaged users, Pluto TV has seen over 40% month over month growth on the device, getting us closer to our goal of entertaining the planet,” said Tom Ryan, Co-founder and CEO of Pluto TV.

“The way people watch TV is changing, but one thing that hasn’t changed is enjoying entertainment in the living room,” stated Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon. “Customers love Amazon Video on Fire TV, streaming more hours of movies & TV shows including our award-winning Amazon Original Series like Transparent and Tumble Leaf per month on Fire TV than on any other living room device.”

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick plug into your HDTV for easy and instant access to blockbuster movies and popular TV shows via AmazonVideo and Prime Video, live TV, sports, music, and more from popular channels like Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, HBO GO, HBO NOW, SHOWTIMEANYTIME, and WatchESPN. In addition, with Amazon Fire TV you can play new and popular games such as Minecraft, Crossy Road, Pac Man 256, and many other best-selling and highly rated titles. Games can be played using the Amazon Fire TV remote that comes with the device, or the Amazon Fire Game Controller. Fire TV is a tiny box with voice search built right into the remote, and a quad core processor for seamless streaming; Fire TV Stick is a small streaming media stick that brings an incredible amount of power and content at a great value—it’s just $39. Learn more about Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick at www.amazon.com/FireTV and www.amazon.com/firetvstick.

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