Amazon has announced a new Fire TV Stick 4K that comes with an all-new Alexa Voice Remote which includes power, volume, and mute buttons. It’s unfortunate for Amazon Fire TV Cube owners that the new remote wasn’t ready in time for the release of the Fire TV Cube, but, starting today, anyone ordering the Fire TV Cube will receive the new Alexa Voice Remote included for the same price of $119.99.
Now we know why Amazon was running so many aggressive sales on the Fire TV Cube during the past couple of months. They were clearly trying to clear out as much inventory of their original Fire TV Cube package that includes the old remote to make room for the new Fire TV Cube package that includes the new remote. If you purchased a Fire TV Cube within the past 30 days, you should try contacting Amazon’s customer service to see if they would be willing to give you a partial refund on your Fire TV Cube or a discount on the new remote, which is available for $29.99. You can also choose to just return your Fire TV Cube and pre-order the new Fire TV Cube package that includes the new remote.
The new Alexa Voice Remote won’t arrive until October 31st, so all new Fire TV Cube orders also won’t ship until that date. For the Fire TV Cube, the only advantages of the new remote are the new power, volume, and mute buttons. The new remote provides equipment control capabilities to the Fire TV Stick 4K, the 3rd-gen Fire TV, and the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, but those exact capabilities are already available with the Fire TV Cube through the IR blasters built into the streaming media player.
Amazon is offering all existing Fire TV Cube owners 50% off the new Alexa Voice Remote. See details here.