Alexa routines can now include Amazon Fire TV commands
Amazon announced that Alexa routines now work with Fire TV commands, allowing users to execute multiple actions across your smart home devices.
For example, while watching The Boys, you can say, “Alexa, I’m getting a snack,” and Alexa will pause your Fire TV and turn on your smart lights. You could then say, “Alexa, I’m back,” and Alexa will resume your show and turn off your lights. That’s just one example. The routines you create are limited to your imagination.
Amazon revealed that in a survey that 75 percent of U.S. respondents said they pause their show or movie at least once per night, so being able to easily pause your TV through Alexa routines could come in handy for a lot of people.
With the Alexa app, you can set up your own custom routines with a wide range of actions to choose from. You can open a specific app, play specific content, turn on/off your TV, and much more. You can also control your smart home devices, including changing the temperature on your thermostat. It’s getting cold across the U.S., so you might consider creating a routine that will turn up the temperature.
Alexa routines have been a key part of the assistant’s core functionality for a while, and it’s nice to see support continue to land on other devices. If you’re unfamiliar with Alexa routines, they’re essentially shortcuts for Alexa. You can group together a bunch of actions and execute them by saying one key phrase. They can be activated by voice or at a certain time of day.
Amazon said Alexa routines supports all Fire TV devices. However, if you’re using a Fire TV Stick, you’ll need a TV that supports Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) to turn your TV on and off as part of a routine.