Fire TV also contains several secret features that can take your home entertainment experience to the next level. They include, but are not limited to, the following…
USE YOUR PHONE AS A VOICE REMOTE
I know I’m not ready to have a child because I can’t even keep track of my remote controls. My phone, on the other hand, that thing might as well be gorilla glued to my right hand.
Fire TV empathizes with people like me and offers an official free phone app that lets you use your iPhone or Android as a replacement for the remote. The app lets you talk to your Fire TV using your phone’s microphone. Connect the phone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Fire TV and type in the four-digit code that appears on the screen. This allows you to use the voice feature or on-screen keyboard to perform searches.
You may never have to worry about losing a remote again. With this type of convenience, I’m never going to get my life together.
DON’T MOVE. ALLOW ALEXA TO SERVE YOU.
So you’ve got that special someone coming over in 10 minutes and you haven’t showered because you’ve spent the last hour looking at memes. We’ve all been there. Allow Fire TV and Alexa to come to the rescue.
Amazon expanded the capabilities of its smart voice assistant to work with third-party apps, and its powers are nearly limitless. Alexa on Fire TV can essentially do whatever an Amazon Echo can do but with the added bonus of visual cues.
Without lifting a finger, you can command Alexa to order you and your date a pizza from Domino’s, dim the lights to set the mood, ask what traffic is like, and cue up that show This Is Us she likes. You can also pause, fast-forward, rewind x-number of minutes, play, go to the next episode, start over. These commands will certainly come in handy if things between you two start to get hot and heavy. Unlikely.
And, oh yeah, Alexa can call the lady an Uber once she finds out you still collect Beanie Babies.
HOME SURVEILLANCE…FROM YOUR COUCH
Is that ring at your door the pizza guy or your latest Amazon Prime delivery?
With Fire TV, it’s no longer a mystery. All you need to do is say “Alexa, show me the front door camera,” and have the feed from an Internet connected camera like Arlo or Ring display on your TV. It lets you view up to four simultaneous video streams, live from cameras in or around your home in full HD. So you can make sure the baby’s asleep without lumbering up the stairs to confirm. Because let’s be honest, convenience aside, stairs are hard.
Companies like Ring, Arlo, Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, Logitech, and IC Realtime have already created Alexa skills leveraging the monitoring capability.
CREATE YOURSELF A PERSONALIZED SCREENSAVER
How often do you revisit those cherished memories of that semester abroad you took in college? Your wedding photos? How about that time your buddy passed out early and you duct taped him to the kitchen table? Chances are, these memories are seldom revisited and are fading every day. Fire TV will not let your old you become a thing of the past.
Via the Amazon Cloud Drive, which offers unlimited photo backup storage to Amazon Prime members, you can access any photos you’d like to view on your TV over the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
To do this, just go to Photos on the main menu, then select the Album you want to reminisce over. You can then start a slideshow of the images and even determine what photos you want featured in a screen saver for your Fire TV when it’s on, but not playing. Throw the screensaver on from the ‘Bachelor Party’ album, grab a case of beer, invite your buddies over, and play Green Day’s ‘Time Of Your Life’ in the background, and you got yourself a nice little Thursday night.
CONNECT BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES
Absolutely perfect if your significant other hits the hay early and you want to have some me time before joining her. Fire TV allows you to connect your Bluetooth headphones so you can enjoy a solo movie session without catching attitude the next morning for watching Ex-Machina until 2 am with the volume jacked up. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Connecting is super easy: make sure your headphones are set to ‘Pair’ and go to Settings–>Controllers–> Bluetooth Devices–>Other Bluetooth Devices on your Fire TV. The device should detect the headphones and automatically connect.
As practical as it is, the Bluetooth connection option is a head-scratching rarity in other home entertainment devices. Amazon Fire TV fills this void.
Amazon Fire TV is a treasure trove of practical features designed to make your life easier. If the ability to watch crystal clear 4K Ultra HD from all your favorite online streaming platforms wasn’t incentive enough to give Fire TV a shot, hopefully these cool features helped make up your mind.
Buy it now: Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD – $69.99
Buy it now: Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote – $39.99
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