New! Fire TV/Stick both control home automation…starting at $24.99

New! Fire TV/Stick both control home automation…starting at $24.99

This is big!

A recent e-mail from Amazon headlined the new TV Shows app, which lets you ask Alexa when the next episode of a TV show will be on TV, and sure, that’s a good thing. I mentioned it recently on the


Down towards the end, though, was a bigger announcement as far as I’m concerned.


Amazon Fire TV 2nd generation ((at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)) and the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote ((at AmazonSmile*))…and it’s worth noting that you don’t need the voice remote, you can use the free Alexa app on your iOS (Apple) device (iPhone, for example) or Android device.

now can control your home automation through your voice!

I use that a lot on our

Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

It’s not only how we turn some of our lights on and off, it’s also how we switch what we are watching on TV.

Now, we can do that on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick as well!

The Fire TV Stick is on a Black Friday sale right now for $24.99 without the voice remote…$15 off.

That means you can “Star Trek” your house  (at least in a minor way) for under $25!

There is a lot more coming in the future from the Alexa Voice Service!

Update: further testing shows that the Fire TV family can now do the Alexa Skills (I didn’t find one that didn’t work), read me what’s on my calendar, and add things to my Shopping List! It may be fully functional now, compared to the Echo.

One more big thing:

“Starting today, listen to Prime Music on your Echo (or any device) to be automatically entered for a chance to win $25,000 in Gift Cards! Each day you listen, from November 28 to December 5, gives you an additional entry.”

Good luck! If you win, let me know. 🙂

Join thousands of readers and try the free The Measured Circle magazine at Flipboard 

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the  The Measured Circle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


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