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If you have an Amazon Fire TV Omni and can’t wait to make your video calls from your TV, now there’s a way to do it thanks to Zoom’s first Smart TV app. When combined with a compatible webcam, it’s an easy way to make your Zoom calls an 8-10 foot experience you can enjoy from your couch.
All you need to get started with this new feature is an Amazon Fire TV Omni, which you can buy for as little as $410 for the( , , and models are also available) and a 720p or 1080p USB webcam. Amazon recommends the , Where , but any USB webcam will probably work too. Zoom says a camera with 1080p resolution and a 60 to 90 degree field of view at a distance of 6 to 10 feet is the ideal device.
You then plug the webcam into one of the Omni TV’s USB ports and place the camera where it has a clear field of view of your room. You’ll probably get the best results if you place it above your TV.
Once installed, download the Zoom app from the Fire TV Appstore. Feeling lazy? You can ask Alexa to do all the work by saying, “Alexa, find Zoom.”
Once the app is added to Omni TV, you’ll be able to sign in to Zoom or access it as a guest, join a meeting using your remote, or say, “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting.”
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Amazon says you’ll need to enable the Omni TV’s microphones if you haven’t already, and your Zoom calls will only sound through the TV’s built-in speakers, not a connected soundbar . When Digital Trends asked about this limitation, an Amazon spokesperson told us that “we’ve found the best customer experience to use the built-in microphones and internal speakers to eliminate potential background echo and customer confusion when selecting speaker sources”. They also said they would appreciate customer feedback on this aspect of the Zoom experience.
This is the first time Zoom has released a version of its app for software that runs directly on a smart TV, but it’s not the first Zoom/Fire TV integration. Earlier in 2021, Zoom and Amazon announced that you could connect a webcam to a Fire TV Cube’s USB port and make two-way video calls through the streaming media device to any TV.
Amazon launched the Omni TV in September 2021 as the first Amazon-designed smart TV that uses Fire TV software as its operating system. Each TV comes with four years of security and software updates.
If you don’t have an Omni TV (or Fire TV Cube), here are eight other ways to make video calls on your TV.