Amazon is expanding its lineup of Fire TV products today with the Fire TV Cube. It appears that this product is the replacement for the high-end Fire TV that Amazon released back in 2015 and last year’s Fire TV Stick. 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.
The Fire TV Cube is a 4K UHD streaming media player that features Alexa. The built-in microphones with far-field voice recognition will enable users to control their TV from across the room. They can simply give Alexa commands to power the TV on and off, change the channels, adjust the volume, change the cable channel and more.
The device is also compatible with set-top boxes from Comcast, DISH, and DirecTV. It will let users control their live TV experience with voice commands through those boxes. Streaming apps like Hulu and PlayStation Vue are supported as well.
Alexa’s responses on the Fire TV Cube will be optimized for the big screen and accompanied by rich visual information. Users will be able to watch video flash briefings, their smart home camera feeds, sports scores, weather forecasts, and much more.
Amazon Fire TV Cube is available for pre-order starting today for $119.99 and it will ship on June 21st. Those who have a Prime membership can pre-order it on June 7th and June 8th for a special price of $89.99.