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Amazon adds IMDb-powered X-Ray vision to Fire TV devices

Amazon’s X-Ray for Movies and TV, the service that lets you identify on-screen actors, is coming to Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick. 

The IMDb-powered search tool lets viewers pull up extra information about the cast of a show whenever they pause the action on Prime Instant Video. 

To access the service all you have to do is pause your show or film, you’ll then be presented with a glut of information regarding the actors in the scene, the background music playing and more. If you want to go deeper, from there you just press the up button on your remote’s d-pad to gain access to the full X-Ray service, which draws upon the IMDb’s database, which consists of over 180 million entries. 

We go hands on with the Fire TV StickYou can also use the service to locate key scenes in things that you’re watching, making it ideal movie buffs who want to re-live a certain moment or for budding actors looking to study a performance. 

Peter Larsen, vice president of Amazon Devices, said: “We’ve all been there: you’re sitting on the sofa, watching a favourite movie or TV show, and a familiar face enters the scene but you can’t for the life of you remember who he is, or what other movies he’s been in. 

“X-Ray solves this. It integrates the vast database of IMDb right into the viewing experience, so you can easily see trivia, actor information and soundtrack music behind TV shows and movies. We think Amazon Fire TV customers are going to love this elegant experience on the big screen at home, and it’s just one simple click of the remote away.” 

Already a feature on Amazon’s Kindle tablets and the Nintendo Wii U, X-Ray is heading out to Fire TV devices now in the form of an over-the-air software update. 

The service first launched on Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, allowing folk to access a wealth of literary information regarding characters and story arcs in books that they’re enjoying, the service then expanded to Kindle Fire tablets

You should automatically get the X-Ray update on your Fire TV device. Head into the settings and check to see which version of the software you’re running. If you’re running 54.1.1.0_user_110041020 then you’re good to go. 

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