Amazon releases a new set-top box called the Fire TV Cube; features Alexa, universal remote, and streaming
Amazon’s Fire TV and Alexa have been pretty popular devices with consumers over the last few years. But yesterday, the company quietly announced a new streaming box can take the place of both. The new Fire TV Cube is a hybrid setup that blurs the line between the Echo and the traditional Fire TV interface. Oh, and it’s also got IR capabilities to control all your home theater stuff.
To the top that off, Amazon is offering it at a steep discount for Prime users to pre-orderd the Cube. The eventual MSRP is $119 but for now it’s marked down to $89 for all Prime members. The Fire TV Cube promises to be quite the entertainment device.
- Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa, delivering an all-in-one entertainment experience. From across the room, just ask Alexa to turn on the TV, dim the lights, and play what you want to watch.
- With far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, and beamforming technology, Fire TV Cube hears you from any direction. Enjoy hands-free voice control—search, play, pause, fast forward, and more. Plus, control your TV, sound bar, cable or satellite box, receiver, and more with just your voice.
- Do more with Alexa. Fire TV Cube has a built-in speaker that lets you check the weather, listen to the news, control compatible smart home devices, and more—even with the TV off. Fire TV Cube is always getting smarter with new Alexa skills and voice functionality.
- Experience true-to-life picture quality and sound with access to vivid 4K Ultra HD up to 60 fps, HDR, and the audio clarity of Dolby Atmos.
- Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills. Get over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more.
- Access YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, and more websites with Silk and Firefox browsers.
- An Amazon Prime membership unlocks thousands of movies and TV episodes including “Thursday Night Football” and Prime Originals like “The Big Sick” and “Sneaky Pete”.
- Enjoy unlimited access to tens of millions of songs with Amazon Music, starting at just $3.99/month.
The IR stuff can always be tricky, but this makes a compelling competitor for the likes of the Shield TV and Apple TV. Being able to have Alexa and universal remote options could make for a whole entertainment consolidation that many of us dream of in the living room. You’d essentially have a single hub for all your TV and home automation in the most popular room in the house. Hit the link below if you’re interested in adding the Fire TV Cube to your family’s movie night.Purchase the Amazon Fire TV Cube