Amazon Adds New Channels to the Fire TV’s Voice Search, Promises New Updates Will Add MP3, FreeTime Support

The limited AmazonFireTV-FireStandingabilities of the voice search feature on the Fire TV hasn't kept the set top box from (briefly) selling out for a few days since it launched a couple weeks ago, and I think today's news might make that happen again.

Amazon announced on Thursday that they expect to expand had expanded the number of video sources which could be searched by voice. Fire TV owners can now will soon be able to search for shows and movies available through Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime, and find videos to watch.

The retailer is also boasting today that they have signed new partners, and that other features are in the works. Fire TV owners should soon have the option of buying games and other content from a variety of companies, including Telltale Games, Halfbrick, Pixowl, Disney Interactive, Minority Media, Paradox Interactive, Gaiam, AllRecipes, and Twitch.

And in related news, Amazon says we can soon expect new firmware updates which will add even more games and channels as well as a couple useful features:

 

  • New Prime browse will make it even easier to discover movies and TV shows that are included in Prime Instant Video.
  • Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration coming as part of a free, over-the-air software update.

I was a little surprised when the Fire TV launched without mp3 support and without support for FreeTime; I had thought that these would be so obviously useful that they would be present. Perhaps Amazon left them out in order to make sure that the remaining features were bug free. A sensible decision, I think.

 

The Fire TV retails for $99, and it is available now.

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3 Comments on Amazon Adds New Channels to the Fire TV’s Voice Search, Promises New Updates Will Add MP3, FreeTime Support

  1. “Fire TV owners can now search”

    No they can’t. Amazon is working on the functionality and it will be available “some time during the summer.”

  2. The funny thing is that I can search all of these services at once now, using a Sony Blu-Ray player. Amazon’s a little late getting caught up to their competition.

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