Smart display Echo Show 15 from Amazon transforms into a portable Fire TV
The Echo Show 15 smart display from Amazon now serves a more widespread purpose: streaming movies and TV. Today, Amazon released a free software update that gives the Echo Show 15 Fire TV capabilities. New devices can now stream content from Fire TV apps like Disney+ and Peacock.
In September, Amazon first made plans to integrate Fire TV into the Echo Show 15. It was reported at the time that 70% of people who used the 15.6-inch smart display in the month before did so.
The Echo Show 15 was compatible with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video upon its release; ( even though you had to ask Alexa to summon them). However, the news of today combines those apps and adds HBO Max and Discovery+ (soon to merge into Max?) as additional streaming services. likewise Paramount+.
Amazon is even promoting a bundle of the Echo Show 15 and its Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen) to coincide with the new feature. In addition, the update gives you the ability to use Alexa to play content across streaming services using your voice.
The Echo Show 15 has a new purpose now that Fire TV is available. Despite the fact that it has the potential to do more than any of Amazon’s other Echo products, the smart display has faced challenges as an emerging technology because many people are unable to identify a use for it.
One of the best things about the Echo Show 15, as we mentioned in our review, is that it is larger than its competitors and improves experiences like viewing photos. Naturally, watching television and movies could also benefit from extra inches.
The new feature for the Echo Show 15 comes at a time when Amazon’s Alexa is having trouble making a profit and is expected to lose $10 billion this year. On the other hand, according to reports, Amazon had sold more than 150 million Fire TV devices as of January, and it can profit from the service in traditional ways, such as by promoting other subscription services and running advertisements.
Another illustration of how businesses are still figuring out how to sell smart displays to consumers is the Echo Show 15, which doubles as a Fire TV. By updating the Portal to function as a wireless monitor earlier this year, Meta gave its connected video conferencing display an additional, more widespread feature.