Amazon's Echo Show 15 now has Fire TV

Smart displays are a very handy thing.  I feel like I want to replace all my mini assistants with hubs.  

But, if you're not in the Google realm, and you're more Amazon, they have their Echo lineup; and for their display there is the Echo Show 15 which is a nice 15" display that you can have somewhere in your home and have a lot of information on it in that size

And they have a latest update that will allow you to transform it from more than just a display, but operate it like a Fire TV.  You can control it (obviously) by voice, or via app or a separately sold remote.

“Alexa, open Fire TV”: You can now stream your favorite shows and movies on the Echo Show

Amazon’s Fire TV is now available on the Echo Show 15 as a free software update. Start watching your favorite shows and movies from YouTube TV, YouTube Kids, YouTube, Disney+, Paramount+, and more streaming platforms Echo Show 15 is a well-loved device, designed to be the digital heart of your home. You can view your household's shared calendar, manage shopping and to-do lists, or find meal inspiration with the Alexa widgets on its customizable homescreen. You can also use the device to view and control smart home devices, track packages, leave notes for family members, or call loved ones.

Even though Echo Show 15 already does so much, we saw that customers were using the device to watch videos and stay entertained, so we want it to do more of that. That’s why, starting today, we’re excited to bring Fire TV to Echo Show 15. The new feature will enable you to stream your favorite content right on your device from YouTube and YouTube Kids, and with subscriptions to providers like YouTube TV, Paramount+, Disney+, and more. Your Echo Show 15 can already do so much, and we hope you’ll love using it to access over a million movies and TV episodes through Fire TV.

Fire TV is rolling out to existing Echo Show 15 customers as a free software update and will also be available on all new Echo Show 15 devices. Here are some more details about the latest feature we’ve added to Echo Show 15.

Start Streaming in Under 15 Minutes

If you already use Echo Show 15, get started by downloading the latest software update. If you’re setting up your device for the first time, the option to install the Fire TV experience will appear during set up. From there, choose to add your favorite streaming apps like Netflix, Prime, Disney+, and more, and then login to your subscription to begin streaming.

Once you’ve downloaded it, you can access the Fire TV experience on Echo Show 15 by saying,  Alexa, open Fire TV” or "Alexa, open Disney+” or “Alexa, play The Rings of Power.” We hope accessing content with your voice will make it easy to watch your favorite series on HBO Max as you prep dinner in the kitchen, or the news on Sling TV as you get settled 15 in your office in the morning.

Echo Show 15 with Fire TV is the perfect companion for cooking up big holiday meals. If you’re planning to cook this holiday season, you know it can be a time-consuming endeavor. Why not enjoy the company of your favorite reality TV show—played right from your device – as you simmer the stock or feed the family sourdough starter? As 'Real Housewives' alum Dorinda Medley said, “I can be cooking, layering my famous Blue Stone Manor lasagna, and get five other things done at the same time. Now that I can watch TV on the Echo Show too, I might never leave the kitchen.”

Pair the Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen)

The Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen) is the best way to find, launch, and control content from Fire TV on your Echo Show 15. You can tap the home button on the remote to quickly access the Fire TV experience, click on the live TV button, or even go straight to your content with one of the app buttons on the bottom of the remote.

If you prefer to use the experience without the Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen), we’ve developed a virtual remote for Fire TV on Echo Show 15. The virtual remote will appear on the screen so you can navigate and control video apps that aren’t touch-enabled. You can also use the Amazon Fire TV app on your mobile phone to navigate the Fire TV experience.

Other Enhanced Features for Echo Show 15

While we are always innovating and working to bring entirely new devices to our customers, we are  also committed to improving previous generation devices, adding new features that make the  experience even more delightful. Fire TV on Echo Show 15 is far from the only recent example.

In September, we introduced Amazon’s custom-built spatial audio processing technology for Echo Studio, which is designed to enhance stereo sound by making it feel closer to the listener, with greater width, clarity, and presence. Now, we’re also bringing spatial audio processing technology to Echo  how 15 for improved sound. It mirrors the performance of a hi-fi stereo system, creating a more immersive sound experience for the listener – perfect for listening to music, watching TV shows and movies.

As we commonly say, it’s only Day 1, and we’ll continue building new experiences, but we’re excited to bring Fire TV to your Echo Show 15. It’s another step forward in how we view entertainment in the ambient home.