Thursday, June 14, 2018

Amazon Fire TV Cube

Mitchel Broussard:

Amazon today unveiled its latest “Fire” branded product, called the “Fire TV Cube.” The company describes the device as a hands-free box that streams 4K Ultra HD video using Alexa voice controls. The set-top box appears to have many features similar (or coming soon) to the Apple TV 4K, with 4K HDR content, smart assistant integration, HDMI CEC, Dolby Atmos support, and more.


The Fire TV Cube can be pre-ordered today and tomorrow for a special price of $89.99 (for Prime members only), and afterwards the device will cost $119.99. The Cube comes with 16GB of storage, a power adapter, IR extender cable, Ethernet adapter, Alexa Voice Remote, and will begin shipping out to customers on June 21.

Update (2018-06-24): Lauren Goode:

If you’re thinking of buying the Amazon Fire TV Cube, stop right there: it’s slow, talking to your TV gets old, and your significant other or roommate may very well move out if you buy it.

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I think the Fire TV devices are all fascinating. The interface is okay, not my favorite, but performance and features are all nice. The IR blaster feature on this model is very cool and combining Echo features with the TV features definitely seems like a no brainer to me.

However, because I have one specific criteria for my connected TV devices, which is to provide certain functionality if the Internet goes down, I can't use Fire TV as a platform. If later versions of the Fire TV interface have fixed the problem, then that is fantastic, but my first gen Fire TV after multiple updates was non functional without Internet. Defeats the purpose of having a Plex server, I want my local content to remain accessible, thank you very much!

Adrian O'Connor

The remote looks about 1 million times better than the current Apple TV remote.

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