A new remote for the Amazon Fire TV line of devices has just gone through FCC approval. As always, there is no actual indication that this remote is made by Amazon, since Amazon always uses a different shell company for all of their FCC filings, but I have absolutely no doubt that this device is the new Fire TV remote.
The new remote carries FCC ID number 2ALBK-0445 and model number PE59CV. The most interesting thing the FCC documents reveal is that this remote uses Bluetooth, and not WiFi-direct like the existing Fire TV 2 and Fire TV Stick 2 remote.
When Amazon first introduced the current Fire TV voice remote with the release of the Fire TV 2, it was plagued with connection issues, which were finally fixed several months after release through numerous software updates. This could explain why Amazon has decided to revert back to using Bluetooth for their remote, like they did with the first generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The new Fire TV Edition television also uses a Bluetooth remote, so it seems like it’s going to be all Bluetooth remotes for the foreseeable future.
Based on the new remote’s line drawing in the FCC filing, it seems as though the new remote is physically identical to the existing remote. The battery compartment, the labeling, and even the notches for the battery door match perfectly between the two remotes.
Amazon has been having a hard time keeping the current Fire TV voice remote in stock. It has been backordered for the majority of the last year, and when it does come back into stock, it’s only around for a few days before it goes out of stock for months at a time again. I’ve speculated that productions issues with the remote were partially to blame for the low Fire TV and Fire TV Stick stock earlier this year. This new remote might actually be a replacement for the existing remote, as opposed to just being slated for release with new Fire TV devices.
Amazon is currently working on a new “AFTN” Fire TV model. It’s expected that this new model will be released near the end of this year, just before the holidays. It’s pretty safe to assume this new remote will be packaged with that new device.