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Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Coming to Amazon Fire TV Voice Search This Summer

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Shortly after Amazon announced its new Fire TV at the beginning of this month, with accurate voice search as one of its highlighted features, pundits quickly questioned its limited searching power. Fire TV’s voice search can only search Amazon content, plus content from one partner app made by Vevo. Amazon promised that more apps would soon join the party, which they have announced today as Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

These apps won’t enable unified voice search until this summer, but at least it’s a start or something to look forward to. Before long, I’d imagine this list will grow dramatically, assuming the Fire TV sees any sort of success.

How has your Fire TV experience been thus far? Walking Dead on it is certainly full of win. 

Amazon Fire TV’s Voice Search Gets New Partners

Date(s): 17-Apr-2014 4:00 PM

Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME enabling unified voice search starting this summer

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 17, 2014– (NASDAQ: AMZN)–Amazon today announced that Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME are joining VEVO in integrating their full catalogs into Fire TV’s unified voice search.

“We’re excited and energized by the momentum we’re seeing with Fire TV,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “Customers are telling us they love it, developers are building for it, and we’re working hard to expand existing features and build new ones. We’re thrilled to have Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME integrating their full selection of movies and TV shows into Fire TV’s unified voice search.”

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  • cizzlen

    So let me get this straight. You’re paying $99 for a feature that only works within Amazon’s ecosystem?

    So. Much. Fail.

  • Blue Sun

    This must explain why Showtime still doesn’t have Chromecast support. They’ve been working on Fire TV support instead.

  • Raj Bhatt

    The fact that it doesn’t search Netflix is probably gonna make me return my FireTV and get a Roku 3 or Streaming Stick.

  • Will Frame

    Oh great. Three channels I don’t care about:

    1) Hulu and Crackle – Commercialized crap
    2) Showtime – I don’t have cable, so can’t use it

    How about some more music apps, like Spotify and Slacker? Or literally anything else without commercials or a subscription requirement.

    • Hershel

      those have subscriptions if you want to get more out of them…..

      nothing in life is free son….

      • Will Frame

        Yes, you can pay a subscription for Hulu plus and STILL be subjected to commercials. Brilliant.

        I don’t expect free. I expect commercial free. Netflix and Amazon Prime are services I gladly pay for and there are no advertisements. Why anyone pays for Hulu and then pays again by being subjected to ads is beyond me.

        I cut cable 18 years ago so I didn’t have to watch repetitive, annoying commercials.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          You cut cable 18 years ago to avoid ads? -_- stop the lies.

          • Will Frame

            Yeah, that’s really hard to believe. No one could possibly give up television.

        • geedee82

          That’s why we have DVRs nowadays. Nobody watches ads anymore.