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PlayStation Vue Adds Alexa Voice Controls on The Fire TV


Yesterday Sony started to roll out a PlayStation Vue update to the Fire TV. This updated added the ability to control PlayStation Vue with your voice using the Alexa remote.

Here are all the new features they added:

What’s new in version 3.16.9

  • Alexa integration through your Amazon Fire TV remote! Change channels and control playback using just your voice.
  • Stay signed in for much longer after you sign in.
  • Bug fixes and improvements.

Now you can tell Alexa to “Play”, “Pause”, “Rewind”, “Fast Forward”, and more. You can also ask PlayStation Vue to jump to a channel just by asking, for example, you could say “switch channel to ESPN” or “tune to ESPN”.

You can even give PlayStation Vue very exact commands like rewind 30 seconds” or “fast forward 3 minutes” to name a few.

Sony made now big press announcement about the new feature just quietly added it to the update notes on the Amazon website. It is possible that the new Alexa voice controls are still in beta and Sony is hoping to test them out on Fire TV devices with users who discover the new feature. So do not be surprised if you find some glitches along the way.

You can download the PlayStation Vue app to your Fire TV HERE.

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  • B-Nation

    Anyone have Playstation Vue? Would you recommend it? How is the DVR? Have Sling right now, but has been very buggy since the latest update on the Firestick. Looking to swtich to Vue. Any suggestions would help! Thanks!

    • Fred Koot

      If you don’t care about Viacom or [email protected], its the best service out there. Dvr has been great a few glitches with some Dvrd changing to on demand. The stick might be a little slow. They offer a 5 day trial to try.

      • Gregory Pokrywka MD, FACP

        it is THE BEST cordcutter solution ! we get ALL locals (no more need for our OTA) and espn and natgeo +DVR (no one lese has those three together). cant say enough about how pleased we are ! 🙂

    • Celtics_Junkie

      Best service for sports fans. Bar none. All the sports channels you could ever consume and buttery smooth 60fps frame rate. Look no further.

      • Ja Cam

        I tried it & I liked it. Just wish they had a mini guide to change channels rather than bringing up the whole guide. I like to watch my show while I surf. That’s one thing I like about Sling, you can still see your channel using their mini guide, rather than the guide taking over the screen.

    • Daniel

      honestly it depends, I’ve had Sling in the Past, I had Vue for 8 months of the YEAR I had Sling for and I’ve been with DTVNow for a year next week (and will be leaving when the month expires), I personally am switching to Philo as it has EVERY channel I like at a fraction the price.

      Do you have a First or Second gen Fire Stick? Vue (like everything but Sling) is HORRIBLY SLOW on the first gen fire stick and actually visibly lower image quality then on say the Fire TV 2nd gen box, the second gen stick should be closer to the box but still not as fast.

      as for the DVR it has a big issue that is like a year and a half old now where it basically starts the recording 10-30 seconds early and as a result cuts off the last 10-30 seconds of the show, since shows play the episode all the way through the outro credits now. aside from that it’s a pretty good service on Fire TV, a little better on the Shield TV because of all the one button shorcuts of the game controller.

      if you don’t need sports or locals I strongly suggest Philo and just buying a Roku, the Premiere+ will be a black friday item at Best Buy for 50 bucks and is frankly more powerful then your fire stick, if you need sports and can give up History, A&E and Viacom networks then go with Vue, there is nothing wrong with the service that i’ve seen aside from the DVR time alignment issue.

      • Carl Collie

        I don’t have an issue with the DVR it does record 15 seconds before the show, but it also records 15 seconds after. Philo is also missing popular channels other than just sports and news, USA, TNT, FX, SYFY, etc…so make sure it has what you want. I think VUE is the best all around option, but if you have specific channel needs it may not be for you. But the DVR works flawlessly and is easy to add shows. I like that I don’t have to delete shows, once they reach 28 days they just disappear, no juggling shows because you are reaching your limit, or having to delete after watching. I keep wishing they will add A&E/History, but the wife is happy they added Hallmark.

    • ModernMode

      I’ve had Vue for over a year. Like it a lot. DVR is great with one exception: If you record a show from a channel that also has On Demand, your recording will convert to On Demand in a couple of days. If you don’t watch it before that happens, you’re forced to sit thru all the commercials. I access Vue through Amazon Firebox(2nd generation). Where I live, the only local is CBS.

  • Carl Collie

    This is a nice feature, and helps sooth the pain of the price change.

  • Fred Koot

    Nice feature, Needs work. If you say play a show like TWD it doesn’t play the lasted episode

  • Daniel

    I was wondering what the limit of the controls was, I knew I could switch channels and that I could play/pause but couldn’t figure out other commands, overall seems like a gimmick outside of changing channels real fast, everything else can be achieved in half the time using rapid button presses on the remote. like it would take me less then a second to rewind 30 seconds because it’s just 3 quick taps of the left arrow key. it also recognize what DIY NETWORK is when you try to tell it to switch to that channel.