Amazon is digging deeper into our living rooms with two new home entertainment devices, the Fire TV Cube and the Nebula soundbar.
The Fire TV Cube is the fastest and most powerful Fire TV media streaming player in the company's line-up, also boasting Alexa voice control. It features far-field voice control built directly into the device.
"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," says Marc Whitten, Vice President of Amazon Fire TV. "Over the past year, we have continued to expand and advance the Fire TV Cube experience based on this feedback with dozens of new features including Multi-Room Music, Follow-Up Mode, and Alexa Communications. These key learnings carried over and guided the development of the second-generation Fire TV Cube, and we are excited to introduce this new-and-improved experience to customers around the world."
With Fire TV Cube, you can choose from tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes including favourites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Crave, CTV, and others. You can stream live news, sports, and shows in 4K Ultra HD, HDR, HDR10+, or Dolby Vision, and access websites such as Facebook and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox.
Using voice control, you can give commands like "Alexa, play Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" and your compatible TV will turn on, open Prime Video, and pick up playback where you left off.
Featuring an ultra-powerful hexa-core processor, Fire TV Cube delivers instant access to Dolby Vision and 4K Ultra HD content at up to 60 fps, as well as Dolby Atmos audio, with compatible equipment. In addition, Fire TV Cube comes with Local Voice Control, a new on-device processing feature that lets you more quickly execute some of the most frequent voice commands including "Alexa, scroll right," "Alexa, go home," "Alexa, select number one," and more. This feature is available in English only at launch.
Far-field voice recognition is available through eight microphones and advanced beamforming technology that combines signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation, content currently playing, and competing speech to make sure Alexa clearly hears your request when placed next to your TV. When combined with the new processor, you can easily search and navigate content or switch inputs. In addition, from across the room, say, "Alexa, play Stranger Things on Netflix," and Alexa will respond to your request.
Fire TV Cube uses multi-directional infrared technology, cloud-based protocols, and HDMI CEC, that when combined with Alexa, let you control your compatible TV, soundbar, and AV receiver, as well as other smart home devices. With the built-in speaker, Fire TV Cube lets you dim the lights, check the weather, listen to the news, play music, and more, even with the TV off.
Fire TV Cube has a number of popular Alexa features including support for Multi-Room Music, Alexa Communication, Follow-Up Mode, Alexa Voice Browsing, and more. In addition, because the Alexa service is always getting smarter with new features, device control capabilities, and hands-free voice functionality added regularly.
Starting today, Fire TV Cube is available for pre-order in Canada for $150. It ships with an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter beginning on October 10. Customers can also pre-order Fire TV Cube and a Ring Video Doorbell 2 together for CDN $359, a savings of $40.
Meanwhile Nebula, the first Fire TV edition soundbar, represents a new category for Amazon.
The Fire TV experience is integrated directly into the soundbar system; you can even add your Fire TV Edition soundbar to a multi-room music group in the Alexa mobile app, letting you stream from Amazon Music and others throughout your home as part of that group.
The product of a collaboration with Anker, the Nebula soundbar offers support for 4K Ultra HD, a unified smart TV user interface, near-field Alexa voice control, Dolby Vision pass through, and more. You can use the included Voice Remote with Alexa to navigate the Fire TV experience, turn your compatible TV on and off, and control soundbar functions like power, volume, and mute.
The Nebula Soundbar - Fire TV Edition is available for pre-order today for $270 and will begin shipping on November 21.
Customers who pre-order the Fire TV Cube or Nebula Soundbar - Fire TV Edition are eligible for an Amazon Music Unlimited 90-day extended free trial of the premium music subscription.