Amazon's Fire TV Blaster add-on brings Alexa control your TV

Brenda Watkins
November 20, 2019

The now-official Fire TV Blaster brings hands-free Alexa control to existing compatible TVs or soundbars; there's also control for cable boxes in the U.S., but Amazon's United Kingdom listing states that the gadget is not compatible with satellite boxes here in Blighty.

But the Fire TV Cube is more expensive - and a bulky, big cube isn't the aesthetic everyone wants in their living room.

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".

In September, Amazon announced a major update to their Fire TV Cube device, which combines a Fire TV and Echo device all-in-one. That last point relies on having compatible TV equipment, though I'm not convinced of the claim voice is more natural.

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The Fire TV Blaster will be available from 11th December for the price of £35, and will be compatible with the Fire TV Stick, the Fire TV Stick 4K, and the third generation Fire TV (that's the square dongle). Amazon has countered with the launch of its own soundbar and other devices. Again, the Fire TV Blaster is a companion device that is used in conjunction with an Echo with Fire TV. If they don't want to swap them out, the Fire TV Blaster can just work with them instead, while keeping the customer in the Amazon family.

Once you've exhausted Amazon's requirement list and the Fire TV Blaster is set-up, you can expect similar functionality to Amazon's IR-blaster-equipped Fire TV Cube.

Amazon Fire TV Blaster will require anyone of the following: Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV (3rd Gen) and any Echo smart speaker or smart display.

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