Amazon Announces Fire TV Blaster

Joanna Estrada
November 19, 2019

"Now you can just walk into your home and say 'Alexa, play Jack Ryan on Fire TV', and your compatible TV and sound system will power on and the show will start playing where you left off". (Not compatible with Fire TV Edition televisions or soundbars.) Learn more about supported devices.

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". The Fire TV Blaster is an infrared (IR) companion device that extends the hands-free voice controls for Fire TV owners already using an Echo to control their Fire TV with Alexa. That way you can use Alexa voice commands to control your Fire TV without having to keep the remote handy all the time.

EVERYTHING DO-ER Amazon has added yet another product to its Fire TV lineup ahead of Black Friday. Well soon there will be a device that changes that, letting you connect your existing Echo devices to a Fire TV for better hands-free control over what you watch.

The Blaster seems to make the most sense for anyone who already owns a Fire TV Stick and Echo, but is still relying on an older TV for their entertainment. Even then, I think the market is going to be quite limited and will surely diminish as more of the gadgets we buy have voice control and smart features as standard.

That's the Fire TV Blaster, an infrared-based companion device for existing Fire TV setups that's available for pre-order now for $34.99, shipping on December 11 to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany.

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