Two smart TV systems today stand above the rest: Roku TV and Amazon’s Fire TV. Both deliver more apps, better search and more options than competitors from traditional TV brands like Samsung, LG and Vizio. Fire TV, on the other hand, naturally favors Amazon, and it seemed like Amazon Prime Video was everywhere I looked on these TVs, relegating Netflix, Hulu, HBO and the rest to also-rans. That’s why, for most people, a Roku TV like the TCL S425 or S325 is a better choice than one of these Fire TV Edition sets from Insignia or Toshiba. Unlike those Roku sets, every Fire TV Edition television includes a voice remote with Alexa. There are a lot of different models of Fire TV Edition sets, so before we get into it, here’s a breakdown. TCL’s cheaper Roku TVs such as the S325 and S425 lack the microphone and voice buttons found on every Amazon Fire TV remote. “The Fire TV also works with Alexa speakers for the same voice commands, hands-free. Using a paired Echo Dot I said,”Alexa, turn on the TV,” Alexa, launch Hulu,” “Alexa, play Handmaid’s Tale,” “Alexa, play Westworld,” “Alexa, go Home,” “Alexa, pause,” and they worked as expected.
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