How to Watch Netflix, Amazon Video, and Plex With Raspberry Pi

How to Watch Netflix, Amazon Video, and Plex With Raspberry Pi

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Tried turning your Raspberry Pi into a media center but feeling disappointed?

Missing the important channels, like Netflix and Amazon Video, on your Raspberry Pi? Fancy installing Plex for accessing content on your home network.

Fortunately, Kodi isn’t all about illegal add-ons. Here’s how to install Netflix, Amazon Video, and Plex on your Raspberry Pi.

You Need a Raspberry Pi 3

Before you go any further, make sure you’re using a Raspberry Pi 3 or later. We’ve used the Raspberry Pi 3 B+. While the Raspberry Pi 2 is okay, the later models are superior for streaming and decoding data from Netflix and Amazon Video.

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Reality check: if you’ve ever tried to get Netflix or Amazon Video add-ons working on a Raspberry Pi-based Kodi box, you’ll know how tricky (and frustrating) it can be.

Typically, these problems are due to a combination of poor add-ons (or ones that will only work with desktop PC Kodi installations) and the low spec of older Raspberry Pis. If you’re using a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, the following steps will allow you to access your existing Netflix and Amazon Video subscriptions via Kodi.

Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi With OSMC

To get Netflix, Amazon Video, and Plex working with minimal effort, you’ll need to use OSMC (Open Source Media Center). OSMC is one of several Kodi versions available for Raspberry Pi

Download the installer from osmc.tv, which automates the process of writing OSMC to your microSD card. (You can alternatively download the disk image and install on your Raspberry Pi in the usual way.)

Work through the installer, making sure to select the most recent OSMC build. You might also like to set up your wireless network when prompted.

Install OSMC on your Raspberry Pi

Once installed, insert the SD card in your Raspberry Pi, connect it to your router via Ethernet (you can set up Wi-Fi once everything is configured) and your TV’s HDMI port, then connect the power cable.

Downgrade OSMC for Better Stability

Although you have installed OSMC, a specific version that isn’t available to write as an image to your microSD card is required. This “nightly build” is stable enough to run the Netflix add-on which you’ll install later.

First, open the Terminal or connect to OSMC via SSH and enter:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

In the file, append this line to the bottom; this adds a new source.

deb http://download.osmc.tv/dev/gmc-18 gmc-18 main

Downgrade OSMC to install Netflix

Press Ctrl + X to save and exit. Next, add the GPG certificate to validate the source:

wget -qO - http://download.osmc.tv/dev/gmc-19/public/pubkey.asc | sudo apt-key add -

The next step is to update the sources list:

sudo apt update

You can then run a kernel upgrade:

sudo apt dist-upgrade -y

Follow this by downgrading to a new build.

sudo apt install rbp2-mediacenter-osmc=17.8-433 -y

This may take a while, so be patient. Once this is complete, install pip:

sudo apt install python-pip python-crypto build-essential -y

Follow this by installing these dependencies:

sudo apt install python-all-dev python-setuptools python-wheel -y sudo apt install python-crypto-dbg python-crypto-doc python-pip-whl -y

These dependencies will ensure that everything you’re about to install will work as intended.

Install and Configure Plex for Local Media Streaming

Want to stream video, music, or photos from another device on your network? You’ll need the Plex server installed on your PC, and the client add-on installed on your Raspberry Pi.

With OSMC running on your Raspberry Pi, browse to Settings > Add-on browser > Install from Repository > Video add-ons. Scroll through the list until you find Plex, select, and Install. Click OK to confirm and wait while this finishes.

Install Plex client software on Raspberry Pi

Once done, use the Restart option to reboot the Raspberry Pi.

While that’s happening, why not check our Plex guide for information and tips for this great streaming solution?

Install and Configure Amazon Video on Raspberry Pi

Want to stream Amazon Video on your Raspberry Pi? Here’s what you need to do.

Staying in the terminal (or SSH client), it’s time to install the Amazon Video add-on. Begin using a wget command to download the ZIP file directly from GitHub:

wget https://github.com/Sandmann79/xbmc/releases/download/v1.0.2/repository.sandmann79.plugins-1.0.2.zip

With this done, switch your attention to your TV and navigate to Settings > Add-on browser > Install from Zip File. You’ll be informed that installing isn’t possible from unknown sources, so select Settings, then check the box against Unknown sources. Confirm the decision by selecting Yes, then go to the home screen and return to the Install from Zip file option.

Here, select Root filesystem, then find your way to home > osmc > repository.sandmann79.plugins.

Install repository for Amazon VOD on Raspberry PI

Select this, and wait as it unpacks, then browse back and find Settings > Add-on browser > Install from repository. Go to Sandmann79s Repository and find Video add-ons. From here, select Amazon VOD (the alternative called “Amazon” is for German users).

Amazon VOD dependencies in Kodi

Select Install, then confirm with OK. Note that some additional add-ons will be installed (see above image). Leave it to finish, then reboot your Raspberry Pi. When it restarts, it’s time to configure the add-on. Browse to Settings > Add-on browser > My Add-ons > Video Add-ons, and select Amazon VOD.

Install Amazon VOD on Raspberry Pi with Kodi

Go to Configure, and in the General view change the Playback option so that Input Stream is selected. Then, in the Connection view, select Sign In and input your Amazon account credentials. If you have two-factor authentication enabled on your Amazon account, you’ll be prompted to enter the code that has been sent to your device.

Enjoy Amazon VOD on Raspberry Pi

With this done, you’ll be ready to watch Amazon video content! You’ll find Amazon VOD listed under Add-ons.

Install and Configure Netflix on Raspberry Pi

Let’s look at streaming Netflix on the Raspberry Pi next.

To install a Netflix client on your Raspberry Pi, you’ll need to perform some minor configuration first. In the terminal, enter:

pip install pycryptodomex

This is a dependency required to run Netflix. The add-on needs to know where this is, so add a symbolic link:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/Crypto /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/Cryptodome

Next, download the add-on itself from GitHub.

wget https://github.com/kodinerds/repo/raw/master/repository.netflix/repository.netflix-1.0.1.zip

Return your attention to the TV and browse to the ZIP file: Settings > Add-on browser > Install from Zip File. Under Root filesystem, find home > osmc > repository.netflix-1.0.1.zip, and select Install.

Install Netflix on Raspberry Pi

Wait for the notification, then go back and browse to Settings > Add-on browser > Install from repository > Netflix Addon Repository, and then Video add-ons. Here you’ll find Netflix; select Install, choose the most recent version, then OK.

Install Netflix add-on for Raspberry Pi

With this done, restart your Raspberry Pi. When it reboots, you’ll need to configure the add-on with your Netflix credentials.

Open Settings > Add-on browser > My add-ons > Video add-ons > Netflix, select Configure, then find Account. Under Switch Account, enter your credentials.

You’ll also need to configure the InputStream module. In Settings > Add-on browser > My add-ons, find VideoPlayer InputStream and select InputStream Adaptive.

Configure resolution on the Netflix add-on

Choose Configure, then set Max Resolution general decoder and Max Resolution secure decoder so that they match the resolution of your TV.

Click OK to confirm and exit.

Lastly, Install and Configure Widevine CMD

So far, you’ve installed Plex, Amazon Video, and Netflix. You’re almost set, but before you can watch anything, the Widevine CMD decryption module must be downloaded. You cannot do this manually, however; instead, it needs to be done by the Amazon or Netflix add-on.

Choose either add-on, select a video, and play. You’ll instantly be notified that the Widevine CMD needs to be downloaded. Note that as this is a proprietary module, it is not open source.

Select Install Widevine and follow the instructions.

Install Widevine to enable streaming of VOD content from Amazon and Netflix

A Chrome OS recovery image much be downloaded from which the Widevine CMD is extracted. This can take a while to download and extract, so let the Raspberry Pi work at its own pace, following any requests OSMC displays to complete installation.

Once Widevine CMD is installed, it’s a good idea to reboot your Raspberry Pi one last time.

Your Raspberry Pi Is Now the Ultimate Media Center

That’s it: you can now stream Netflix and Amazon Video on Raspberry Pi, and it can easily stream video from another computer on your network via Plex. In short, your Kodi-based Raspberry Pi media center is awesome again.

Got another Raspberry Pi handy? Here’s how to set up your Raspberry Pi as a Plex media server.

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Amazon Music Is Now Free for Amazon Echo Owners

Amazon has launched a new version of Amazon Music. Unlike Amazon Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited, this version is entirely free for anyone who owns an Alexa-enabled device such as an Echo speaker. You’ll just have to put up with some ads.

Amazon Music Now Comes With a Side of Ads

Until now, if you wanted to stream music on your Amazon Echo you would need to pay for the privilege. Whether by subscribing to Amazon Prime (and gaining access to Prime Music), or subscribing to a streaming service such as Amazon Music Unlimited.

Now, however, Amazon has launched a free version of Amazon Music which doesn’t require any type of subscription. Instead, this new service will be paid for by ads, which will pop up between songs. How long they last and how often they pop up remains to be seen.

How to Listen to Amazon Music for Free

To listen to Amazon Music for free you’ll need to be in the U.S. and own an Alexa-enabled device. You’ll then gain access to the same catalog of content available on Prime Music. Essentially, the ads will pay the bills instead of a Prime membership.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to play any song you want. Instead, you can “play a station based on a song, artist, era, and genre” and/or listen to “some of Amazon Music’s top global playlists including Country Heat, Fuego Latino, and more”.

On The Amazon Blog, Amazon lists how to start listening to Amazon Music for free:

  • To listen to a specific playlist say, “Alexa, play the playlist Pop Culture”.
  • To listen to a station for an artist say, “Alexa, play the Imagine Dragons station”.
  • To play a station based on a decade say, “Alexa, play 80s music”.
  • To play a station based on a genre say, “Alexa, play country music”.

Amazon Music vs. YouTube Music

This is good news for Echo owners who aren’t currently subscribed to Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited. However, Amazon will want you to upgrade to one of the paid options, so prepare to be bombarded with ads for Amazon’s own subscription services.

It isn’t a coincidence that this free version of Amazon Music has arrived on the same day that Google launched a free version of YouTube Music for Google Home owners. With the Amazon move rumored for a while, it looks like Google rushed to beat Amazon to it.

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Your Amazon Order Never Arrived? Here’s What You Should Do

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Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world. However, despite its size, the company still occasionally gets things wrong. Amazon is afflicted by all the same issues that its competitors face; damaged goods, incorrect items being sent out, and occasionally, packages not delivered

If you bought something but the Amazon package never arrived, what can you do? Which dispute channels are available to you? Keep reading to find out what you should do.

You Ordered an Item, But It Hasn’t Shipped Yet

A Google search for Amazon delivery problems will reveal a lot of people complaining about this. What happens if you placed an order, but several days, weeks, or even months have passed, and the seller still hasn’t shipped it?

Well, don’t panic. Amazon will not charge your credit card until the order has been confirmed. Until that point, you can still cancel the order by going to Accounts and Lists > Your Account > Your Orders and selecting Cancel Order.

Amazon Item Shows as Delivered, But It Never Arrived

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Amazon issues guidelines for precisely this type of situation. Some of them might seem obvious, but they’re still essential to tick off:

  • Check the shipping address was correct on your order.
  • Look for a notice of attempted delivery.
  • Check the vicinity of the delivery location.
  • Check with your neighbors.
  • Do you have Amazon Locker?
  • Look in your letterbox; some deliveries use multiple carriers, including the regular postal service.
  • Wait 36 hours. Sometimes packages may show as delivered while still in transit.

If 36 hours have passed and there is still no sign of your delivery, you need to contact Amazon directly. Log in to Amazon and go to Help > Browse Help Topics > Need More Help > Contact Us.

You should see all your recent orders on the screen. Click on the order you’re having problems with, and scroll down the page. In the dropdown menu next to Select an issue, choose Where’s My Stuff. Then, in the menu next to Select issue details, choose Tracking shows delivered but item not received.

The site will give you the choice of reaching out via email, phone, or live chat. Amazon will investigate the case and ultimately issue a refund.

It’s Safer to Buy “Fulfilled by Amazon” Items

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The Amazon website features items sold by both Amazon itself and by third-party retailers. When using a third-party retailer, you might notice a Fulfilled by Amazon message on the product you’re buying.

The message implies that even though the product is being sold by a third-party retailer, it is being sent to your house from an Amazon Fulfillment Center. As a buyer, it means you’ll be able to track a package’s progress through your Amazon account portal, and Amazon is responsible for customer service and product returns.

If you buy from a third-party seller whose items are not fulfilled by Amazon, you are protected by the company’s A-to-Z Guarantee Protection.

What Is Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee Protection?

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Let’s assume you’ve bought an item from a third-party seller who doesn’t have the Fulfilled by Amazon protection.

It means you won’t be able to use your Amazon account portal to track a parcel using an Echo or anything else. A rogue seller could charge your card and tell you they have shipped the item without actually putting anything in the post.

Luckily, you still have some methods of recourse open to you. It comes in the shape of Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee Protection.

The A-to-Z Guarantee mandates that any item purchased from an Amazon seller via the Amazon website is eligible for compensation of up to $ 2,500.

To make an A-to-Z claim, you first need to contact the seller through your Amazon account, then give the seller 48 hours to respond. If the seller doesn’t give you a satisfactory response, you can file a claim. You just need to meet one of the following five conditions:

  • You did not receive the item within either 30 days or three days past the estimated delivery date
  • Your article was damaged, defective, or materially different from the one you ordered
  • You returned an item to Amazon but did not receive a refund
  • You need to return an item internationally, but the seller does not provide either a U.S. address or an international shipping label
  • The seller miscalculated customs and/or shipping charges, and you had to pay those fees upon delivery

You must make A-to-Z claims within 90 days of the estimated delivery date. To make a claim, go to Accounts and Lists > Your Account > Your Orders. Find the order you want to make a claim against and click on File/View Claim. In the first box, explain why you’re making a claim. In the second box, choose Request refund through A-to-Z Guarantee.

Missing Packages Shipped With Amazon Prime

If you’re an Amazon Prime member and an item on your Amazon order never arrived, the processes we’ve already discussed still apply. You should work through them.

However, Amazon Prime members also get some additional sweeteners to ease the pain of a non-delivery. If the item either arrives outside of the time-frame Amazon gives you at the time of purchase or never turns up at your door, you might be eligible for a free one-month subscription to Amazon Prime, which is added as a free month to the end of your existing Amazon Prime subscription’s expiry date.

Some users have reported Amazon has even given them discount vouchers, Amazon Prime discounts, and other perks. Amazon appears to issue these benefits on an ad-hoc basis.

Amazon Prime Pantry purchasers may have different experiences. Check our linked article for more details on that program.

How to Avoid Fake Sellers on Amazon

The problem of fake sellers on Amazon is becoming more widespread.

Fraud is worryingly easy to pull off. A criminal opens a new Amazon seller account and selects popular items to sell. If they use Amazon’s seller’s platform, it only takes a few seconds. Typically, they’ll list items for less money than other retailers are selling them for.

When they receive orders, the person immediately says the item is en route to the courier. Doing so releases the funds to their account. By giving an estimated delivery date of four weeks, the merchant can beat Amazon’s two-week payment cycle and disappear before buyers start complaining and Amazon closes the account.

Luckily, it’s quite easy to avoid fake sellers: just check the feedback score. To do so, click on the seller’s name in the upper right-hand corner of a listing page. You will see their profile page.

On the profile page, you can see the person’s lifetime feedback rating, as well as their score over the last three, six, and 12 months.

As you can see from the image below, this cheese seller seems very trustworthy. Only four percent of their reviews are negative from a total of more than 18,500.

amazon scam seller review

Hey Amazon, Where’s My Stuff? Forget It!

We’ve shown you the three primary methods for resolving delivery issues for items you bought off Amazon and explained how spotting fake sellers is straightforward if you know where to look. Make sure you let us know about any of your horror stories in the comments below.

And remember, if you’re fed up with Amazon, there are plenty of Amazon shopping alternatives available. It might even be time to use eBay instead. Check out our Amazon vs. eBay comparison for more information.

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Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show, Compared

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When one major tech company develops something new, other companies always jump on the bandwagon and develop a competing product. After Amazon released the Echo Show, Google followed suit with the Home Hub, and Facebook even got in on the action with the Portal.

If you’re considering a smart video speaker for your home, you’re faced with three solid choices. How can you determine which is best for you? Here, we’ll dissect the features of each device so you can easily make your decision.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen)

The second-generation Amazon Echo Show boasts newly-updated speakers, along with a 10.1-inch display. So, what can you do with its crisp audio quality and HD video display? The answer: a lot.

If you own an Amazon Echo, you’ll already have experience with some of its basic functions, such as asking Alexa about the weather or finding out the latest news.

The Echo Show’s video capabilities provide more details to these classic Echo features and create room for new functions as well. The next time you ask Alexa the weather, the Echo Show can show and tell you what the forecast looks like.

Stream Movies, Shows and Music

You can use the Echo Show to stream your favorite shows and movies from Amazon Prime Video as well. If you don’t feel like watching a movie, cue up some music instead. Sync your Echo Show to Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, or Spotify to turn the device into a full-blown speaker.

Video-Calling Functionality

Like the Google Home Hub and Facebook Portal, the Echo Show can also perform video calls. You can call your friend as long as they can connect to you using their own Echo Show, Echo Spot, Alexa app, or Skype.

Experiment With New Recipes

Whether you’re an aspiring or expert chef, the Echo Show can help when you’re busy in the kitchen. Ask Alexa to pull up a recipe, and the Echo Show will provide you with detailed instructions that you can follow along step-by-step. Right now, the Echo Show only supports recipes from Epicurious, Allrecipes, and Food52.

Manage Your Smart Home

You might already use Amazon Echo’s voice commands with Phillips Hue. If you do, you’ll be happy to hear that the Echo Show allows you to communicate with your smart lights and then some—you can shut off or turn on electronics, lock or unlock doors, and watch for any intruders with Ring or August.

Did I mention that you can use the Echo Show as a way to monitor your pets or baby? Connect the Echo Show to a compatible baby monitor, or simply set up another Echo Show in a different room. Ask Alexa to check on your loved one, and you’ll see live video and audio from that room.

Google Home Hub

The Google Home Hub and Amazon Echo Show share many of the same features, but you can purchase the Home Hub for a much cheaper price. With such a low price comes a few sacrifices, such as poor audio quality and the lack of a camera.

The 7-inch display still comes with some advantages, like an RBG sensor that automatically adjusts the Home Hub’s screen brightness. You can even ask Google any question in your choice of 30 different languages. The Home Hub will then display an answer along with a series of suggested follow-up questions.

Access to Google Photos

Google Photos comes with a ton of amazing features on its own, and pairing it with a Home Hub makes it even better. Have your Home Hub display certain photos just by saying something as simple as: “Hey Google, show me pictures of my dog.” You can do the same with other pets, locations, events, and more.

Use the Home Hub as a photo frame by creating a shared Live Album. Choose certain friends, family members, or pets that you want to appear in your frame, and your Home Hub will display their photos. You don’t have to worry about constantly updating your Live Album either—when you or your family take new photos of your best friend or pets, they’ll automatically appear on the Home Hub.

One-Way Video Calling

Unfortunately, the Home Hub falls short in terms of video calling, as it doesn’t come with a camera for privacy reasons.

The Home Hub still allows you to make video calls through Google Duo, only you won’t be seen on camera. As long as your friend has a camera on their device, they’ll appear in video-form on your Home Hub. Your friend will just have to get used to the fact that they have to talk to your unmoving profile picture.

Play YouTube Videos and Stream Music

This is where the similarities between the Echo Show and Home Hub get pretty obvious. The Home Hub gives you access to recipes from a number of websites, along with follow-along instructions and videos.

Google’s device also hogs all of YouTube’s excitement, as Echo Show users have no access to this app. Play YouTube videos and music completely hands-free. Don’t forget that you can stream music through iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify as well.

Screen Visitors With Nest

While the Echo Show connects with Ring and August, the Home Hub pairs with the Nest Hello video doorbell and outdoor cameras. Instantly view live footage of your front doorstep when someone arrives.

Facebook Portal and Portal+

The Facebook portal comes in two different sizes: 10.1 inches for the regular Portal, and 15.9 inches for the Portal+. Compared to the Echo Show and Home Hub, the Portal places a much larger focus on video calling and communication.

Smarter Video Calls

When video calling with the Echo Show, you might find yourself awkwardly tilting the device to capture footage of everyone in the room. Facebook solves this issue by incorporating AI into the Portal’s Smart Camera. The next time you make a video call with multiple people in the room, the Portal will automatically adjust the camera to fit everyone in the frame.

If there’s a ton of background noise where you live, the Portal ensures that your voice can still be heard. The Smart Volume feature silences any competing sounds that interfere with your call.

Does a long-distance family member miss seeing your children? Now they can have the same bonding experience as they would in-person with Portal’s Story Time. Your family member can read a short story to your little one, while Portal uses augmented reality to add silly effects to their face.

Ask Amazon Alexa Anything

It seems like Facebook acknowledges the inadequacy of their own AI since it added Amazon Alexa to the Portal. The built-in Alexa comes with the same, basic features that include adjusting your smart home settings, making a schedule, asking questions, and more.

Privacy Features

While Google completely eliminates a camera from the Home Hub’s design to solve the issue of privacy, Facebook provides a practical camera cover. For an increased feeling of security, you can turn the camera and the microphone off as well.

Listen to Music and Watch Videos

The Portal offers the same web-surfing features as the Home Hub and Echo Show, including the ability to find recipes.

A huge downside to the Portal is that it doesn’t offer access to any streaming service. You can only watch videos on a limited number of largely unexciting websites, such as CNN, YouTube, and Food Network.

On the bright side, you can still stream your favorite music from Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio.

Get Social With Superframe

The Superframe might sound like some heroic photo feature, but it just barely stacks up to the Live Albums on the Home Hub. When the Portal is idle, it shows the photos and videos you’re tagged in from Facebook. It also displays the availability of your contacts, the weather, and birthday reminders.

Which Smart Device Is Right for You?

It’s hard to choose between the Echo Show, Home Hub, and Portal when they all have similar features. The Echo Show proves to be the most powerful of the three, with its all-around capabilities that the Home Hub and Portal just don’t have yet. Still, the Portal has many advantages when it comes to video calling, while the Home Hub is still a reliable and less expensive alternative to the Echo Show.

Not ready to shell out hundreds of dollars for a video calling device? In that case, save some cash and check out our guide to using WhatsApp for video calling.

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You Can Now Control Roku Using Your Amazon Echo

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If you own an Amazon Echo device and a Roku device, then this is your lucky day. Because, thanks to the new Roku skill for Alexa, you can now control your Roku using your Amazon Echo. Which should make it even easier to waste away on your couch all weekend.

Streaming devices are growing in popularity. Sure, you could buy a smart TV (especially as most TVs are smart these days). However, alongside Apple TV and the Amazon Fire TV, a Roku device is a capable alternative. And it now has a new trick up its sleeve.

Enable the New Roku Skill for Alexa

As detailed on the Roku Newsroom, Roku has released a new Alexa skill. This enables you to control your Roku device using your Amazon Echo. This will work on all Alexa-enabled devices, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, and Echo Plus.

The Roku skill for Alexa enables you to do a number of things. You can pause a show by saying “Alexa, pause Roku,” launch a channel by saying “Alexa, open Hulu on Roku,” and search for new shows by saying “Alexa, find comedies on Roku” or something similar.

Ilya Asnis, Senior VP of Roku OS, said, “By allowing our customers to choose Alexa, in addition to Roku voice search and controls, and other popular voice assistants; we are strengthening the value Roku offers as a neutral platform in home entertainment”.

This is limited to Roku streaming player and Roku TV owners located in the U.S. Your Roku device will also need to be running Roku OS 8.1 or higher. Just open the Alexa app, click Settings, select TV and Video, then enable the Roku skill and link your account.

Other Things You Can Do With Your Echo

This is just the latest thing you can do through your Amazon Echo. You can also play music using your Echo and listen to podcasts using your Echo. However, for those who value their privacy and security, here’s how to delete your Amazon Echo voice data.

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Amazon Stops Selling Physical Dash Buttons

Amazon has discontinued its line of Dash buttons. The online retailer is no longer selling the physical Dash buttons, but will continue to support Dash buttons already out in the wild. Virtual Dash buttons look to be here to stay as well.

The Origin of Amazon Dash Buttons

For the uninitiated, Amazon Dash buttons are small physical buttons which can be used to reorder essential items. You would stick the Dash button to a surface, and then press it to reorder toilet rolls, washing detergent, cat food, or even condoms.

Amazon launched Dash buttons in 2015, and the timing of the launch (on March 31st) led many to wonder whether it was an April Fool’s Day joke. However, after that shaky start, Dash buttons caught on, and Amazon eventually introduced hundreds of different ones.

Amazon Kills Physical Dash Buttons

As first reported by CNET, Amazon has now stopped selling Dash buttons. The company has since confirmed the news, issuing a statement saying that “as of February 28” Amazon Dash buttons were “no longer available for purchase on Amazon globally”.

However, Amazon has assured customers that they can “continue to use their Dash Button devices”. So while no new Dash buttons are being shipped, ones already in use are still supported. Amazon is also keen to expand the “availability of virtual Dash Buttons”.

This could be due to a recent ruling in Germany that Amazon Dash buttons breached consumer protection laws due to fluctuations in pricing. Or perhaps Amazon feels that there’s simply no need for Dash buttons anymore thanks to people shopping using Alexa.

Amazon Shifts Focus From Dash Buttons

Whatever the reasons behind Amazon’s decision to “shift the Dash program focus” the physical buttons are no more. Which is kinda sad. Sure, they were a dumb idea to begin with, but they at least added a physical element to the online shopping experience.

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