Amazon unveils nearly hands-free streaming TV device

Amazon unveils nearly hands-free streaming TV device

That's one of the scenarios you might set up with the aptly named, hands-free 4K Fire TV Cube media player that Amazon starts taking preorders on today for Prime members and that I got to preview a few days in advance. The devices became available in Germany and Austria earlier this year. Unlike the other devices, the Cube will let viewers switch between streaming services like Netflix and regular cable channels with such voice commands as "Alexa, turn on ESPN". Voice search is also supported, not to mention all the typical Alexa tricks, like weather forecasts, news and smart home device controls. The company also says many of Alexa's visual responses are optimized for the big screen. The Cube will let you control your various smart home devices and take advantage of Alexa's tens of thousands of skills.

"We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about", said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Fire TV.

Amazon also says that many of your favorite apps now support enhanced in-app voice controls on Fire TV, to help you navigate through content by voice, with dozens more coming by year end. Plus, since it's a streaming device, it can stream content from stuff like Prime Video and Netflix and still give you access to all of Alexa's skills. "And, it's just the beginning". Named a Mashable Choice product in 2017, the Echo Show includes eight microphones to catch your commands, plus Dolby-powered speakers.

Amazon has unveiled the latest entry into its Fire TV lineup with the Fire TV Cube.

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The Cube connects to the TV via HDMI and supports both multi-directional IR and CEC, so you can control multiple HDMI-connected devices with the included remote. It's compatible with TVs, cable and satellite boxes, A/V receivers, and more.

Leaked ahead of its official launch, the Fire TV Cube is a small, cubed set-top-box that combines the full Fire TV streaming experience and an Amazon Echo.

The Fire TV Cube looks like a literal box, but it basically packs a Fire TV, an Amazon Echo and a universal remote within its cubic form factor.

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