Amazon has announced an all-new Fire TV Cube, the second-generation hands-free, Alexa-enabled Fire TV experience, at the ongoing IFA 2019 conference in Berlin, Germany. Priced at $119.99, the device available for pre-order in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.
‘Fire TV Cube was the first hands-free streaming media player powered by Alexa, and since launching last year we have gathered a wealth of feedback from customers about how they use voice in the living room,’ said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Amazon Fire TV, in a blog post.
With Fire TV, you can watch shows and movies from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, HBO, SHOWTIME, CBS and can stream for free from Tubi, IMDb TV, Pluto TV, and others. You can also tune-in live TV channels with cable or satellite boxes from providers like Comcast, DISH, AT&T TV/AT&T U-verse.
The Fire TV Cube comes with an ultra-powerful hexa-core processor with support for Dolby Vision and 4K Ultra HD content at up to 60 frames per second. Additionally, the Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) comes with ‘Local Voice Control,’ which is a new on-device processing feature that lets you more quickly execute some of the most frequent voice commands. For example, ‘Alexa, scroll right,’ ‘Alexa, go home,’ ‘Alexa, select number one’.
The Fire TV Cube (2nd gen) features a far-field voice recognition with eight microphones and advanced beamforming technology that combines signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation, content currently playing, and even competing speech to make sure Alexa clearly hears your request when placed next to your TV. The device also comes with multi-directional infrared technology, cloud based protocols, and HDMI CEC, that when combined with Alexa, let you control your compatible TV, soundbar, A/V receiver, cable or satellite box, as well as other smart home devices. With the built-in speaker, the Fire TV Cube lets you dim the lights, check the weather, listen to the news – even if the TV is switched off.
Pricing and availability
Starting today, the all-new Fire TV Cube (amazon.com/firetvcube) is available for pre-order on Amazon in the United States for $119.99, in Canada for $149.99, in Britain for £109.99, Germany for €119.99, and in Japan for ¥14980. It ships with an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter beginning on October 10 in the United States, Canada, Britain and Germany. It will ship in Japan on November 5.
Customers can also pre-order the all-new Fire TV Cube and Ring Video Doorbell 2 together for $249.99 here. In addition, customers who pre-order the all-new Fire TV Cube are eligible for an Amazon Music unlimited 90-day extended free trial of the premium music subscription.