Following fast in the footsteps of Roku, Amazon̵7;s Fire TV wants to make it easier to detect live TV content. But Live TV can come from different sources, and to that end, Fire TV is expanding its support to include Sling and YouTube TV today, with Hulu + Live to follow later.
The Fire TV interface is unique in that it retrieves content from many sources and displays everything on the home screen. With other platforms, such as Roku, you need to jump into apps to get a better idea of what a service has to offer. But if you wanted to know what’s right now with Live TV, Fire TV also got you to jump into the app.
The company recently introduced a channel guide, but its capabilities were limited to Prime Video, Pluto, Red Bull TV, PlayStation Vue and Philo. Now the Fire TV interface and channel guide support some of the major streaming players, starting with Sling and YouTube TV.
All you need to do is log in to your account, and live TV content will automatically appear in the UI and channel guide. Fire TV says that Hulu + Live integration will come later, though it didn’t provide a timeline. If you are a fan of using Alexa to control your Fire TV, you will be happy to hear that it supports the new live content.
The update is out today, but you may need to check for updates.