Published On: Tue, Nov 26th, 2019

Amazon’s new Fire TV Blaster works with Echo to control your TV, soundbar, wire box and more

Amazon already offers Alexa voice control to TV owners by a Fire TV devices, by approach of a voice remote or by pairing an Echo device with a Fire TV, for hands-free voice commands. Now, it’s introducing a new device, a Fire TV Blaster, that extends that same hands-free voice control to your TV itself and other TV inclination — like your soundbar, wire box, or A/V Receiver.

That means you’ll be means to contend things like “Alexa, spin off a TV,” or “Alexa, switch to HDMI 1 on TV.” You can also control a volume and a playback.

And if we have other TV devices, we can control them hands-free as well, by observant things like “Alexa, spin adult a soundbar volume,” or “Alexa balance to ESPN on cable.”

The Fire TV Blaster is designed to be combined to a brew when you’re already regulating an Echo interconnected with a Fire TV.  The thought is to make it probable to go 100% hands-free, in terms of determining your inclination with your voice, no matter what your sold setup is like.

Amazon says business use Alexa some-more when they don’t have to pull a symbol on their remote. For instance, when business use a Fire TV Cube, that offers hands-free voice control, they use Alexa 8 times some-more often. But a Fire TV Cube is some-more costly — and a bulky, large brick isn’t a cultured everybody wants in their vital room. Plus, many business already possess a Fire TV Stick or other Fire TV device, and usually wish to extend a functionality.

That’s where a Fire TV Blaster would come in.

The new device arrives during a time when Amazon Fire TV isn’t usually competing opposite Roku as a media actor (or TV OS) of choice among consumers — it’s also competing for control of a whole vital room. Thanks to Roku’s new launches of a intelligent soundbar and wireless subwoofer, during several cost points, as good as a wireless speakers, Roku wants to some-more of a market. Amazon has countered with a launch of a possess soundbar and other devices.

Many consumers like to buy inclination from all a same code since they know a inclination have been designed to work good with one another — like a HomePod and Apple TV or a Echo Studio and Fire TV, or a Roku and a speakers.

But many others have a mixture of inclination from several manufacturers. If they don’t wish to barter them out, a Fire TV Blaster can usually work with them instead, while gripping a patron in a Amazon family.

The Fire TV Blaster includes a energy cord (micro-USB), connected infrared support / IR extender cable, and support for 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wi-fi. It works with a Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) with Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) with Alexa Voice Remote (1st Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV (3rd Gen), Fire TV Cube (1st Gen and 2nd Gen), and any Echo orator or intelligent display.

The device is accessible for $34.99 in a U.S., Canada, U.K., and Germany and ships on Dec 11, Amazon says. You can also buy it in a gold for $79.99 with a Fire TV Stick 4K and Echo Dot.

 

 

 

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