Amazon announced an all-new Fire TV Cube this week, and it’s faster than ever. This marks the second-generation of the device, which offers a hands-free, Alexa-enabled Fire TV experience. The company is calling the newer Fire TV Cube “the fastest and most powerful Fire TV ever,” and it costs $119.
The Fire TV Cube is an easy-to-install streaming media player, and it features the same far-field voice control that made the first generation popular with users. If you ever used a Fire TV stick, or have a Fire TV enabled TV set in your house, it’s almost the same, but it has a lot of extra features. You can use the Fire TV Cube to stream from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, HBO, Showtime, CBS, and other content sources through apps. You can also stream free content from Tubi, IMDb TV, Pluto TV, and other services. What makes the Fire TV Cube different from the other Fire TV models is that the Fire TV Cube can tune to live TV channels with cable or satellite boxes from providers like Comcast, DISH, AT&T TV/AT&T U-verse, and more.
Fire TV gives you access to tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, as well as over 500,000 TV episodes and movies with thousands of titles in 4K Ultra HD. You can say things like “Alexa, watch Stranger Things on Netflix” and your compatible TV will turn on, open Netflix and pick up playback right where you left off.
You can find the new Fire TV Cube right here on Amazon and have it ready for its October debut. Amazon also announced a brand-new Nebula Soundbar, called the Fire TV Edition. You can find the specs on the soundbar right here on Amazon.
“Fire TV Cube was the first hands-free streaming media player powered by Alexa, and since launching last year we have gathered a wealth of feedback from customers about how they use voice in the living room,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Amazon Fire TV. “Over the past year, we have continued to expand and advance the Fire TV Cube experience based on this feedback with dozens of new features including Multi-Room Music, Follow-Up Mode, and Alexa Communications. These key learnings carried over and guided the development of the second-generation Fire TV Cube, and we are excited to introduce this new-and-improved experience to customers around the world.”
The new Fire TV Cube runs on a hexa-core processor, which is more than twice as powerful as the first generation. You get access to Dolby Vision and 4K Ultra HD content at up to 60 frames per second, if your TV supports it, as well as HDR, and HDR 10+, and Dolby Atmos support. In addition, the new Fire TV Cube comes with Local Voice Control, which is a new on-device processing feature that lets you more quickly execute some of the most frequent voice commands. For example, “Alexa, scroll right,” “Alexa, go home,” “Alexa, select number one,” and more, are up to 4 times as fast as before.
When combined with the powerful new processor, you can easily search and navigate content using just your voice, whether it’s through your cable or satellite boxes; or with Apps. You can say, “Alexa, switch to channel 31” or “Alexa, tune to NBC,” and Alexa will respond to your request.
In addition, Fire TV Cube uses multi-directional infrared technology, cloud-based protocols, and HDMI CEC, that when combined with Alexa, let you control your compatible TV, soundbar, A/V receiver, cable or satellite box, as well as other smart home devices. With the built-in speaker, Fire TV Cube lets you dim the lights, check the weather, listen to the news and more—even with the TV off.
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