Along with the new Fire TV Stick 4K, Amazon has announced an all-new Alexa Voice Remote that includes universal remote capabilities. The new remote is included with the Fire TV Stick 4K, but it is also being sold separately for $29.99 because it is compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, the 3rd-gen Fire TV (pendant), and the Fire TV Cube. This new remote includes power, volume, and mute buttons for controlling home theater equipment, but it also has the same Alexa equipment control capabilities as the Fire TV Cube to allow input switching and cable box channel changing via voice.
Whether the new Alexa Voice Remote is paired with the new Fire TV Stick 4K or an older compatible Fire TV model, the exact same equipment control menus that are found on the Fire TV Cube will become available. Once equipment control settings have been configured, the new remote will be able to control home theater devices through its extra buttons and through voice commands.
The new Alexa Voice Remote uses Bluetooth to communicate to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and uses a set of two IR blasters to control home theater equipment. The power button on the remote can be used to turn your TV on or off. The volume up, down, and mute buttons on the remote can also be configured to control your TV’s volume, but if you use an AV receiver or soundbar for TV audio, you can set those buttons on the remote to control the external audio, while the power button continues to control the TV.
In addition to power and volume controls, the remote itself is able to execute the exact same universal control functionality as the Fire TV Cube. Instead of the IR commands coming out of the media player, like with the Fire TV Cube, the commands come out of the front of the new remote, so you’ll need to point the remote at your home theater equipment when those devices are being controlled.
Like the Fire TV Cube, the new Alexa Voice Remote can control more than just power and volume through voice commands. Saying “Turn on the TV” into the remote’s microphone will power on your TV, set it to the appropriate input, power on your AV receiver/soundbar, and set it to the appropriate input. Likewise, saying “Turn off the TV” will turn everything off with a single voice command.
The new Alexa Voice Remote can also be used to control a cable or satellite box by voice. Saying “Switch to cable” will set all the right inputs to begin watching content through your traditional TV provider. Once watching traditional TV, you’ll be able to request channels by name by saying “Tune to ESPN” or by number by saying “Tune to channel 140.” The remote can also be configured to switch your home theater equipment ot other devices, such as game consoles, Blu-ray players, other media players, and more.
The new remote does not work hands-free, like the Fire TV Cube, so you’ll need to press the microphone button for each voice command. A blue LED on the remote indicates that Alexa is ready to receive a command. The blue LED will blink while equipment is being controlled, which indicates that you should be pointing the remote at your devices. The LED will also be used to convey other information, such as an unpaired remote or if the batteries are low.
Pairing the new remote with a Fire TV Stick 2 or Fire TV 3 will bring all the same equipment control functionality that is available with the new Fire TV Stick 4K and the Fire TV Cube to those older devices. The new Alexa Voice Remote is available to pre-order now for $29.99 and will arrive on October 31st in the US and Canada. The UK, Germany, and India will receive the new remote on November 14th and Japan will receive it by the end of the year. The new remote comes included with all Fire TV Stick 4Ks and, starting today, the Fire TV Cube will also come with the new remote for the same price of $119.99.
🇺🇸 United States buying options:
- Fire TV Stick 4K for $49.99
- 2 x Fire TV Stick 4K for $89.98 with promo code TWOPACK ($10 off)
- Fire TV Stick 4K + Echo Dot 3 for $79.98 ($20 off)
- Fire TV Stick 4K + 2-tuner Fire TV Recast + HD Antenna for $249.97 ($50 off)
- Alexa Voice Remote w/ power and volume buttons for $29.99
- Fire TV Cube w/ new Alexa Voice Remote for $119.99
- Fire TV Cube w/ new Alexa Voice Remote + Amazon Cloud Cam for $199.98 ($40 off)
🇬🇧 United Kingdom buying options:
- Fire TV Stick 4K for £49.99
- 2 x Fire TV Stick 4K for £89.98 (£10 off)
- Fire TV Stick 4K + Echo Dot 3 for £79.98 (£20 off)
- Alexa Voice Remote w/ power and volume buttons for £29.99
🇩🇪 Germany buying options:
- Fire TV Stick 4K for 59.99€
- 2 x Fire TV Stick 4K for 109.98€ (10€ off)
- Fire TV Stick 4K + Echo Dot 3 for 94.98€ (20€ off)
- Alexa Voice Remote w/ power and volume buttons for 29.99€
🇮🇳 India buying options: