Amazon has announced a new Fire TV accessory called Fire TV Blaster. It's a $ 34.99 IR blaster that lets you use Alexa to control hardware like your TV or cable box with your existing Fire TV setup.
With the added IR blaster, you can better control your TV set-up via Alexa by switching inputs and controlling things like power, volume, and playback via the Echo Voice Control.
With $ 35 worth of accessories, other Amazon Hardware Fire TVs get the similar TV control functionality that the Fire TV Cube from Amazon with IR Blaster already offers, but at a lower price (and less) that customers have to repeat their entire setup). Amazon already offers an IR-enabled Alexa Voice remote with newer hardware. The Fire TV Blaster offers a few other features, such as: For example, the control of the cable box and the added convenience of not having to pick up the remote.
The hardware is pretty simple: Basically it's a small box with an IR blaster and the necessary Wi-Fi hardware to communicate with other Fire TV products. There is also an additional port for an IR Extender that allows the signal to be transmitted to hard-to-reach places. There is no speaker or microphone installed. These functions will continue to run from your regular Alexa device.
Amazon points out that the Fire TV Blaster is not a stand-alone device. To use, you need a compatible Fire TV, Echo Smart Speaker, and a compatible TV / Soundbar / Set Top Box. The company promises to receive more information from this support page. (It does not seem to be live yet.) According to Amazon, the Fire TV Blaster is not compatible with Fire TV Edition TVs or soundbars.
The Fire TV Blaster is available for pre-order and is expected to be available on December 11 for $ 34.99 or as part of a $ 79.99 package with a Fire TV 4K streaming stick and echo Dot shipped.