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'Turn down the volume!' Soon your Amazon Echo could control a Fire TV

At long last, Amazon's Fire TV devices could be controlled by Amazon's Echo and Dot speakers, no voice remote required.

Get ready to ditch that remote and yell at your TV instead!

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The next time you shout at the TV, it might just listen.

Amazon is preparing to send out an update that will allow its Fire TV devices -- including the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions -- to work with its Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show or whatever other Alexa-powered device you have.

"But Ian," I hear you say. "Couldn't I already do that with a remote control?"

You, dear reader, are correct. But after the update, your voice will be like a remote too. And no one can take it from you when you get up from the couch for a snack.

"But Ian," I hear you say again. "Couldn't I do this with my Google Home speaker and Google-powered TV?"

Right again. But soon you'll soon be able to do it with your Amazon stuff too.

I say "preparing" and "soon" because the update was posted to Amazon's page for Fire TV software updates, but then removed, with no further details posted in its place.

A company spokesman declined to make an official statement. 

First published July 12, 12:43 p.m. PT.
Update, July 13 at 9:28 a.m.:
To reflect statement from Amazon.