Amazon’s Fire TV Cube with Alexa allows users to control TV without remote

MUMBAI: Amazon has launched a hands-free 4K Ultra HD streaming media player with Alexa named Fire TV Cube which allows users to control their TV from across the room hands-free whether it’s through cable or satellite boxes.

Amazon Fire TV Cube is compatible with set-top boxes from top providers such as Comcast, DISH, and DIRECTV, covering more than 90 percent of households with a cable or satellite subscription.

Fire TV Cube uses multi-directional infrared technology, cloud-based protocols, and HDMI CEC, that—combined with Alexa—lets users control your compatible TV, sound bar, A/V receiver, and cable or satellite box

Amazon Fire TV Cube features a simple, guided setup for Alexa voice control of the users devices, giving the user access to the catalogue of content currently available on Fire TV including tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, as well as over 500,000 movies and TV episodes and thousands of 4K Ultra HD and HDR titles.

“We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about. And, it’s just the beginning. Amazon Fire TV Cube will only get better over time with the Alexa service always getting smarter,” said Fire TV VP Marc Whitten.

Far-Field Voice Recognition: Amazon Fire TV Cube uses far-field voice recognition with eight microphones to hear the user even from across the room. Advanced beamforming technology combines the signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation, content currently playing, and even competing speech to make sure Alexa clearly hears the users request, even next to your TV.

With a content-forward user interface, Fire TV Cube makes it easy to find the movies and TV with what it said is a more natural way to navigate and search simply by using your voice, with phrases like “Alexa, find sci-fi movies”; “Alexa, play the trailer”; and “Alexa, show me more results.” You can even search for TV and movies by director or actor.

The Alexa service is always getting smarter with new features and hands-free voice functionality added regularly. Many of your favorite apps currently support enhanced in-app voice controls on Fire TV, giving you more ways to use your voice while navigating through content, and dozens more are expected by the end of 2018. And with Fire TV Cube, many Alexa responses are optimized for the big screen and accompanied with rich visual information, allowing you to view your smart home camera feeds, watch video flash briefings, view sports scores, see extended weather forecasts, and watch trailers for movies playing in nearby theaters.

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