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You’re probably already familiar with Amazon Echo devices, like the new Amazon Echo Show 10 and the just-announced Echo Show 15 – smart and proficient digital home helpers and butlers. But many people rely on their smart home capabilities first, forgetting that the digital screen can also be a portal to video entertainment. With the power of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube already built into these devices, you can stream TV no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
Plus, with SlingTV coming soon to the Echo Show 15, your Amazon device can now start to look a lot more like a mini TV.
How to access video streaming on Echo Show
There are several ways to surf and watch videos on your Amazon Echo Show device. You can say “Alexa, open the video home” to see all of the streaming service options and programs available. You can also swipe left on your main Echo screen and select Video menu.
Channels and services available in your area will be visible at the top of the screen, along with the content and episodes shown below. Just tap on a program or service. You will need to log in to each service with your username and password. If you don’t already have an account, you may need to sign up on your smartphone or computer first and then use your sign-in information on the Echo device. One final caveat: Yes, Netflix, Sling TV, and Prime Video are paid services, so you’ll need to manage these subscriptions separately from your Amazon account.
How to get YouTube on Echo Show
Access to YouTube is done a little differently. There is no dedicated YouTube app on Echo devices. Instead, you access YouTube through Amazon’s Silk browser on Echo Show devices. Essentially, it opens a web page where you can search and browse video content. Just tap to play whatever you want.
How to get Sling TV on Echo Show
Sling TV is coming soon, as we learned from Amazon’s fall product announcement, but when exactly is still unknown. Sling is believed to be a dedicated app, but more details should come soon. Note: Echo Show users will likely have to pay to access one of Sling’s live TV packages, which start at around $ 35 per month.
Other video services available on Amazon Echo Show
Believe it or not, there are already eight different video services that you can access on your Echo Show, although not all countries outside of the United States have all of them visible. (Sorry, Canada!) In addition to the services mentioned, there is also Hulu, NBC, Tubi, Food Network Kitchen, and Red Bull TV.
Amazon’s Echo Show devices are slowly but steadily moving from small smart home digital assistants that can simply turn your lights off or on to larger, more integrated home hubs. The announcement of the 15-inch Echo Show seems to prove that Amazon wants to bring Echo Show devices into your home like never before. It will be interesting to see how things develop in the future. As far as we know, one day you may be able to install a full Alexa digital suite on any brand of TV and turn it into a giant Alexa home hub and video portal. Time will tell us.
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