Amazon's Fire TV Cube turns Alexa into your remote

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But the Fire TV Cube's standout feature might be its support for set-top cable boxes.

"We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about", Amazon Fire TV VO Marc Whitten said in a prepared statement.

Today, Amazon introduced the Fire TV Cube, a potential death knell for the TV remote.


As we have mentioned earlier, the HDMI CEC inclusion will allow users to turn their TV sets on or off. Amazon gave the following example regarding the feature: "Even with the TV off, simply say "Alexa, play Billions on SHOWTIME" and Fire TV Cube powers on your TV and starts playback right where you left off". The (surprisingly pointy) box combines Amazon's existing streaming technology with Alexa, the voice assistant found in its massively popular Echo devices. Also, because it's an Echo speaker at its core, it'll tell you the weather or let you re-order toothpaste on Amazon.

The Fire TV Cube is retailing on Amazon for $119.99, with the option of including a Cloud Cam night-vision camera for a total of $199.98.

Getting the content you want up on your TV screen seems pretty simple as well.


Amazon is debuting a new Alexa-based streaming box today, but this one is a bit more capable than the rest of the company's lineup.

Those infrared sensors mean that you can use the components of your home entertainment system independently of the rest, doing things like playing music through your soundbar while leaving the TV off.

Technically speaking, the Fire TV Cube is powered by a quad-core processor (four Cortex-A53 cores) clocked at "up to 1.5GHz", Mali-450 MP3 graphics and 2GB of RAM alongside 16GB of internal storage. I ask Alexa to turn my TV on and off, adjust the volume, or go to specific apps like Netflix or NBC Sports. Prime members can order it here for $89.99 while the deal lasts which, apparently, is only though tomorrow June 8th.


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