Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is an all-in-one device for Amazon users

09 June, 2018, 21:34 | Author: Leah Owens
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Amazon Prime members can pre-order the Fire TV Cube streaming media player for $89.99 if they order it before June 8.

There is an IR extender cable, and Ethernet adapter, PSU, voice remote, and AA batteries in the box alongside your Fire TV Cube. Thanks to a combination of infrared technology and HDMI CEC, the Fire TV can control not only sound bars, TVs, and surround sound systems, but cable and satellite boxes, as well. For example, the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote costs £40, while the Fire TV - which comes with 4K streaming - is a little pricier at £70. It will also "put pressure" on its closest competitors, such as the Apple TV, to add similar capabilities for a lower price. With compatible A/V receivers, you'll even be able to ask Alexa to switch your inputs and change the volume, which is pretty cool.

These findings which are no doubt great news for Amazon, suggest that the trend for online shopping using voice-controlled assistants, is a clear growth one. As is the case with most Amazon hardware products these days, Alexa is baked into the Fire TV Cube which also offers the same far-field voice recognition that Amazon's Echo devices do. This allows you to utilize Amazon's Alexa voice assistant in new ways and access visual content via your voice commands. So let's dive in to see some more details on the newly announced set-top box from Amazon. It will also read out responses to Alexa staples like questions about the weather and can be used to control smart home devices - light fixtures and video cameras, among other appliances - that are created to play nice with Alexa.

The smart streamer also supports 4K content at 60fps as well as HDR content.

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"We think it's really going to change the way customers utilize Fire TV, because it's so much more functional", Prenner says. Customers who purchase and register their Fire TV Cube by July 1, will also receive a $10 credit for Prime Video.

The big picture: Amazon's long-rumored Fire TV Cube marries two established product lines into a cube-shaped form factor. It even integrates with your cable TV box from leading providers such as Comcast, DISH and DIRECTV.

Prenner says to stay tuned on those fronts.

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