Amazon Fire TV Blaster Adds Alexa to More Devices

20 Novembre, 2019, 01:40 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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If you've been using a Fire TV Stick or a Fire TV, and wished you had the hands-free device controls of the Fire TV Cube, Amazon's got a stocking stuffer ready for you.

Amazon has incorporated IR control into some of its products in the past, including the Fire TV Cube, but it has not added the functionality into its Fire TV Sticks. (This support page has all the details.) It requires a Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Fire TV Stick 4K, or a Fire TV (3 generation) and any Echo smart speaker or smart display.

Customers who are already using Echo to control their Fire TV with Alexa can say things like "Alexa, play Stranger Things" or "Alexa, fast forward 5 minutes".

The Fire TV Blaster is created to be added to the mix when you're already using an Echo paired with a Fire TV.

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With the Fire TV Blaster, people can turn a channel on their TVs by saying, "Alexa, tune to ESPN on cable", or turn off the TV by simply requesting, "Alexa, turn off the TV". Thanks to Roku's recent launches of its smart soundbar and wireless subwoofer, at various price points, as well as its wireless speakers, Roku wants to more of the market. Now Amazon is expanding this into its own device to broaden your ability to control your TV with this new Fire TV Blaster.

But many others have a hodgepodge of devices from various manufacturers. Amazon notes the following hardware is supported: Echos with Fire TV Sticks, the Fire TV Stick 4K and the 3rd Gen Fire TV.

The new device is called the Fire TV Blaster, and it's an IR device that will connect your devices together to let you use them in tandem with one another.

The Fire TV Blaster will be available for pre-order in the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany starting today.



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