Sony’s TVs just got a lot more interesting. The company has teamed up with Amazon by bringing Alexa support to quite a few televisions it has on offer. What this means is that you can now control Sony’s Android TVs with Alexa-powered devices such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show.
The feature is currently in beta and allows you to control certain functionalities with voice commands. You can turn the TV on or off, change the channel by number or name, control the volume, change input, and control playback for DVR or streaming content. Unfortunately, you can’t launch a streaming service like YouTube or Netflix at this point, which is surely a feature a lot of users will miss. It might be available at a later date, although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.
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This is one area where, at least for now, Google Home offers more that Alexa-powered devices. You can open up YouTube or a different streaming service on Cast devices via the company’s smart speaker. However, the device doesn’t give you any other control over your TV such as turning it on/off, and so on, like the Echo lineup does.
Keep in mind that the new Alexa integration only works with supported Sony TVs. You can find out exactly which ones are compatible with Amazon’s digital assistant via the button below.