Amazon Alexa voice control comes to 4K TVs at CES 2017

We first came across Alexa in our review of Amazon's Echo wireless Bluetooth speaker, and were suitably impressed with what she could do.

While we wait for Alexa to be made compatible with Sonos later this year, US TV makers Element, Westinghouse and Seiki (all part of the same group) have unveiled their latest 4K models with Amazon Fire TV and Alexa voice control at CES 2017.

There are four screen sizes to choose from (43, 50, 55 and 65in) and you get HDMI, a Quad-Core processor, Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity and Ultra HD (UHD) resolution (although oddly no HDR support). So far so conventional.

But the clever part is that the TVs also have built-in Fire TV and voice control, all fully integrated into the set with no separate boxes or speakers. That means no more searching for the remote down the back of the sofa, you can simply ask Alexa to turn the TV on or off, turn the volume up or down or change the channel.

With the Amazon app you can ask it to, say, "watch The Grand Tour" or "play Ex Machina". If you have a games console connected, you can just say "go to Xbox". What's more, with recorded or streamed content, you can skip forwards or backwards and ask Alexa to jump to the next episode. We wonder if she'll let you skip the ads too.

All the usual Alexa "skills" (or apps as we call them) can be accessed, so you should be able to order a pizza or book your Uber via the TV too.

There's no word on US pricing yet, but we hope this is one innovation that other manufacturers will adopt.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.