Amazon Fire TV Cube puts Alexa in control of your home entertainment

Amazon Fire TV Cube puts Alexa in control of your home entertainment

Amazon Fire TV Cube puts Alexa in control of your home entertainment

The Fire TV Cube will be compatible with set-top boxes from providers like Comcast, DISH, and DIRECTV at launch, with Amazon saying that it'll cover more than 90% of cable subscribers in the U.S. out of the box.

Fire TV Cube comes with an array of eight microphones - one more than the second-generation Echo speaker released previous year - giving the device the ability to hear commands spoken from across a room. You could say, "Alexa, turn on The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu", and the Cube will power on the TV, connect up to the streaming service, and start playing the show from where you left off.

In the USA, the Amazon Fire TV Cube is now available for preorder for $119.99. Amazon says most should work, but checking with them couldn't hurt.

HDMI-CEC is an existing standard that allows devices connected to your TV to control it directly.

Amazon's smart speaker is available in two versions - the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot. And the device doesn't have the ability to communicate with bluetooth speakers, so, while the Fire TV Cube can turn the television into a music player, it stops short of managing other speakers throughout the home.

With its infrared emitters, the Cube is also the only Fire TV device that can control a TV's volume and switch channels on a cable or satellite box. Moreover, if you buy the device and register it by July 1, you will get a $10 credit for Prime Video.

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Still, the Fire TV Cube's remote-killing capabilities will have some limitations, at least for now.

The Fire TV Cube is built nearly like an Echo, which means it includes eight far-field microphones so you can talk to it directly without needing a remote and it can hear you even over the sound of the television.

Prenner says to stay tuned on those fronts. It's an interesting looking design, too, which some may like and some might not be a fan of.

Alexa can also control the experience once you've settled in so there's no need to reach for the remote.

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If the Fire TV Cube succeeds, then, it'll be entirely because consumers see the value in having hands-free voice controls built in.

The new Fire TV Cube from Amazon.com extends the company's efforts to become the nerve center of your house by combining its entertainment ambitions more fully with its push into the smart home.

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