If you have a pretty basic setup with Fire TV (with voice remote and/or an Echo device) in the same room, the upgrade might not be necessary.
Fire TV Cube doesn't support calling and messaging, Bluetooth sync or multi-room music in conjunction with other Alexa-enabled speakers. In demonstrations, Amazon has been showing off how you could change the channel on a separate cable box that's also connected to your TV. What are your thoughts on the Amazon Fire TV Cube? The aforementioned far-field microphones, of which there are eight, use beamforming technology - the same featured in Amazon's Echo speakers - to combine the signals from individual microphones and suppress noise, reverberation, content playing on the Fire TV Cube, and competing speech.
As smart and useful as our TV sets have gotten, how we interact with them remains quite dumb. Unfortunately, though YouTube will not work on Fire TV Cube because of the ongoing issues between Amazon and Google.
Announcing the new device, Marc Whitten, Vice President of Fire TV says "We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about". An Xbox One can turn on your TV when you use a controller to turn on the console itself, or a Blu-ray player can adjust a TV's volume.
The Fire TV Cube could even push more streaming video providers to add Alexa controls to their apps.
Prenner says to stay tuned on those fronts.
But the FireTV Cube goes beyond online streaming. The NPD Group found that Roku's average selling price was less than $50, suggesting that most customers also opt for the company's cheaper streaming sticks.
Experience true-to-life picture quality and sound with access to vivid 4K Ultra HD up to 60 fps, HDR, and the audio clarity of Dolby Atmos.
That's made life hard for premium streaming boxes like the Apple TV, which sells for $150 and up. Share your views with us in the comments. It costs $119.99, with pre-orders starting today, but Prime members can pre-order it for a discounted price of $89.99 until tomorrow.
On top of Alexa's usual bag of tricks, the Echo Look features a depth-sensing camera which lets users take photos and short videos of their current outfit with simple voice commands.