Amazon Fire TV Gets Zoom Video Calling On Your Telly

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Zoom, the popular video communications service, has finally launched a Fire TV app this week, letting you join 2-way video calls and meetings on your TV. 

For now, however, Zoom is only supported on the Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd generation) device, which needs to be connected to a webcam via a USB cable.

We’re hoping more Fire TV devices will support this soon, and possibly even Amazon’s Echo Show devices, that already have video calling enabled – but without Zoom support, for now.

video call on TV living room

Even though video calls and conferences have exploded this past year, there are still very few ways to video-chat on the biggest screen in your house – your TV. 

Facebook sell their Portal camera that connects to a TV,  and there have been rumours that a future Apple TV device might include video calling capabilities.

Even the PS4 and PS5 gaming consoles, that already have an optional camera that you can place on your TV, don’t support video calling for some reason.

This week, however, Zoom launched the long-awaited Fire TV app – and our prayers have finally been answered… but device support is limited, for now.

The app is only compatible with the Fire TV Cube (2nd generation – the model from 2019), Amazon’s hybrid Echo/Fire TV device.

Amazon Fire TV Cube 2nd generation
Fire TV Cube

The Fire TV Cube is currently Amazon’s most powerful streaming device, with a Hexa-core processor, 4K video support, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support, as well as Dolby Atmos.

The Cube has a built-in speaker and an array of microphones, so it also serves as an Amazon Echo/Alexa device – you can talk it and get answers to many questions, and can also use it to control your TV and streaming apps hands-free.

How To Use Zoom On The Fire TV Cube

To use the new Zoom app, you need to connect a USB webcam directly to the Cube (it needs to support 720p and 30fps – so something like the Logitech C320 should do fine).

Since the Cube has a Micro USB port, you would also need a MicroUSB to USB adapter.

Once everything’s connected, you can download the Zoom app, either directly from your Cube or via the Amazon app store.

Zoom app on Fire TV Cube join screen
Photo: Zoom

Once installed, you can start and join Zoom video meetings either by using the remote – or with your voice, by saying “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting”.

You can then use the remote (or your voice) to provide the meeting ID and passcode.

If the Cube is synced to your calendar, you can also automatically join Zoom meetings that were already entered into your calendar.

And, if you sign in to your Zoom account, you can see all your upcoming meetings, as well as your contacts.

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