Amazon adds live home camera feeds to Fire TV's bag of tricks

It’s part of an update that Amazon announced today.

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Swapna Krishna
August 1st, 2017
In this article: amazon, firetv, home

It seems like every day brings a new announcement for Alexa and Amazon-branded devices, and this day is no different. Today, the online retail giant announced that soon you'll be able to view your live home camera feeds through the Fire TV and second gen Fire TV sticks. Compatible camera systems include Ring, Arlo, Nest, EZVIZ, Vivint Smart Home, Amcrest, Logitech and August.

This isn't the first Amazon device to support this feature. The bulky Echo Show can also link with cameras on your home network to show a live feed. If you don't have the video-equipped device, the regular Echo or Dot can play audio feeds. A simple "Alexa, show the front door" will bring the video (or audio) up on a compatible device.

Additionally, users can pair Echo devices with a Fire TV, allowing you to control your Fire TV or Fire TV stick with your voice. Amazon has updated the range of commands available. All you have to do to make it happen is ask a question and use "Fire TV" — for example, "Alexa, show me dramas on Fire TV," and your Alexa device will automatically pair with your Fire TV. Alexa can launch apps and search for TV shows and movies by title, genre or actor. You can also control playback through Alexa. The updated Alexa features are available now for Fire TV and Fire TV sticks (Fire TV Edition smart TV users will have access sometime this week), while support for home camera feeds will arrive soon.

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