On January 16, Amazon added a new search functionality to its Fire TV streaming devices. These allow the subscribers of Amazon Prime to browse through the live content on some premium channels. Channels such as HBO, Cinemax, Stars and Showtime will have a column on Fire TV homepage.
As the name says, whatever is being aired on these channels will show up. These can be simply viewed by selecting the channel. The new feature of the channel guide is that it will show all video programming. This includes the ones that are currently airing live and those that can be watched later.
With these features, Amazon Prime users can browse, search and watch the live TV programs through Alexa and Fire TV Homepage.
Even if you have access to the channels, you cannot use the features as you have to subscribe to those services through Amazon channels. Amazon account lets you to subscribe to the channels to unhide the services.
In addition to this, you will be able to look into the future. For instance, if you are curious to know the upcoming schedule of today or of the next two weeks, you can use the new channel to browse it.
Simply press the Options button to launch the Guide while watching TV on Alexa Voice Remote to see all the future programming information.
If you want to watch a specific channel, just click the microphone button on Alexa Voice Remote or speak to the device saying for example “Alexa, watch HBO.” The channel will tune on your command.
The Amazon channels, which are currently available with subscriptions, are HBO, Starz, Cinemax and Showtime. The new Live TV will be adding more channels in the near future.