Meet the Fire TV Cube, a device that marries Alexa and 4K video streaming in a single device.
The device is already available for pre-order on Amazon.com, and comes with a lot of interesting features. 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". Because the Fire TV Cube works with your cable system, it also shows you what's playing now on TV, including spotlights for premium channels like Showtime or HBO.
With Alexa built-in, you no longer need to summon the assistant using a remote, like you had to with previous Fire TV devices. The company also says many of Alexa's visual responses are optimized for the big screen. There are also apps available in the United States for ESPN, Fox Now, Showtime, Starz, PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, and NBC. Another plus: since it's created to hook up to a TV, users can easily control and view smart camera feeds.
The Amazon FIre TV Cube looks like an interesting device.
And since it's got Alexa built-in, you can use your voice to search for and play content. "And, it's just the beginning".
It is essentially a cross between a conventional 4K Fire TV and an Amazon Echo voice-enabled speaker. Advanced beamforming technology combines the signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation, content now playing, and even competing speech to make sure Alexa clearly hears your request, even next to your TV. The Cube can also show specific genres of shows and movies available through your streaming providers.
As for pricing and availability, Amazon says the Fire TV Cube is available now for pre-order at $119.99.it'll launch on June 21st.
The Amazon Echo and Echo Spot are also more affordable, with the RRP of both devices set at €99.99 and €129.99, respectively, although at their sale prices they can be picked up for €49.99 and €64.99 apiece.
But the Fire TV Cube is finally out, priced at an aggressive $119.99 on pre-order in the USA today, and even made available for a discounted $89.99 for Prime members today and tomorrow only.