In a move to stitch its smart home tech with video streaming, Amazon introduced the Fire TV Cube, a 4K-capable streaming device that also supports the company’s voice-based Alexa technology.
The combo enables users to navigate content and apps and change channels with their voice, reducing the need for consumers to buy and install a separate Alexa-powered Echo device.
The Fire TV Cube, which broadens Amazon’s Fire TV device lineup beyond the core Fire TV box and Fire TV Streaming Stick, is slated to be released on June 21. The baseline pre-order price is $119 and includes the device and an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter, though Prime members are in line for a discounted price of $89.99, plus free shipping. Those who purchase and register a Fire TV Cube by July 1 will also get a $10 credit for Prime Video.
Amazon is also pitching a Fire TV Cube/Amazon Cloud Cam bundle for $199.