The all-new Fire TV Cube is launching in the United States for $119.99 and for the first time in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan
Amazon and Anker Innovations introduce the first-ever Fire TV Edition soundbar in Europe and North America
Amazon, in collaboration with several of the industry’s most recognizable brands, today announced a lineup of more than 15 new Fire TV Edition products for customers around the globe, including the world’s first Fire TV Edition smart TV with built-in far-field voice control, the first OLED Fire TV Edition smart TV, and the first-ever Fire TV Edition soundbar.
Fire TV Edition smart TVs uniquely bring together live broadcast TV channels and all of your streaming content into one easy-to-view location. With Fire TV Edition smart TVs you can connect a HD antenna and use Alexa to instantly search for and watch live TV, or choose from a vast catalog of content from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more, as well as local apps like ITV Hub, All 4, and My5 in the United Kingdom, and ARD, ZDF, TVNOW, ProSieben, DAZN, and waipu.tv in Germany. You can also pair any Fire TV Edition product without far-field voice control with any Echo device for hands-free control—just ask and Alexa will play a show, help you find a good movie to watch, control playback, and more. Fire TV Edition devices continue to improve even after your purchase, with new Alexa skills, software features, and applications added regularly. Tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills are already accessible globally today, giving you amazing entertainment experiences, and letting you view and control your compatible smart home devices, connected cameras, lighting, security systems, and more.
Expansion of Fire TV Edition smart TVs Over the past year, Amazon and Best Buy have sold millions of Insignia and Toshiba Fire TV Edition smart TVs. Customers continue to show enthusiasm for Fire TV Edition smart TVs in the United States and Canada with an average rating of more than 4 stars, and 2x as many Fire TV Edition smart TVs sold this Prime Day compared to last year over the same two-day period. The first Toshiba – Fire TV Edition with Dolby Vision launched in June and today, Amazon and Best Buy are excited to announce the first 65-inch Toshiba – Fire TV Edition smart TV with Dolby Vision, which will be available for customers in the United States next month.
Introducing the All-New Fire TV Cube Amazon also announced the all-new Fire TV Cube, the second-generation hands-free, Alexa-enabled Fire TV experience, and the fastest and most powerful Fire TV ever—still just $119.99. The all-new streaming media player features far-field voice control built directly into the device and is now available for pre-order in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.
The Fastest, Most Powerful Fire TV Ever Featuring an ultra-powerful hexa-core processor, and more than twice as powerful as the first generation Fire TV Cube, the all-new Fire TV Cube delivers a fast, fluid experience, with instant access to Dolby Vision and 4K Ultra HD content at up to 60 frames per second. You will enjoy the brilliant color of Dolby Vision and HDR, and HDR 10+, as well as the audio clarity of Dolby Atmos on the all-new Fire TV Cube. In addition, Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) comes with Local Voice Control, which is a new on-device processing feature that lets you more quickly execute some of the most frequent voice commands. For example, “Alexa, scroll right,” “Alexa, go home,” “Alexa, select number one,” and more, are up to 4 times as fast as before.
Introducing the First-Ever Fire TV Edition Soundbar Building off the success of Fire TV Edition smart TVs in the United States and Canada, Amazon is introducing an entirely new category of products—Fire TV Edition soundbars. The Fire TV experience is integrated directly into the soundbar system, delivering a complete home cinema experience with expansive video streaming and superior sound, all in a single device. You can even add your Fire TV Edition soundbar to a multi-room music group in the Alexa mobile app, letting you stream from Amazon Music and others throughout your home.
Fire TV Edition Soundbar with Anker Innovations The first expansion of Fire TV Edition beyond smart TVs is from Anker Innovations and Amazon, who have teamed up to launch the Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition, which turns any TV into a cinematic smart TV experience. Featuring support for 4K Ultra HD, a unified smart TV user interface, near-field Alexa voice control, Dolby Vision pass through, and more, the Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition gives you a cohesive entertainment experience with rich sounds that will fill any room. You can use the included Voice Remote with Alexa to easily navigate the Fire TV experience, turn your compatible TV on and off, and control soundbar functions like power, volume and mute. The Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition is launching in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Pricing and Availability Starting today, the all-new Fire TV Cube (amazon.com/firetvcube) is available for pre-order on Amazon in the United States for $119.99, in Canada for $149.99, the United Kingdom for £109.99, Germany for €119.99, and Japan for ¥14980. It ships with an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter beginning on October 10 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany. It will ship in Japan on November 5. Customers can also pre-order the all-new Fire TV Cube and Ring Video Doorbell 2 together for $249.99—a savings of $69 (amazon.com/firetvcube-bundle). In addition, customers who pre-order the all-new Fire TV Cube are eligible for an Amazon Music Unlimited 90-day extended free trial of the premium music subscription.
The Toshiba 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR – Fire TV Edition will be available at Best Buy for $599. It will begin shipping to customers in the United States next month.
The Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition (amazon.com/nebulasoundbar) is available for pre-order today for $229.99 in the United States, $269.99 in Canada, £179.99 in the United Kingdom, and €209.99 in Germany. It will begin shipping on November 21. Customers who pre-order the Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition are also eligible for an Amazon Music Unlimited 90-day extended free trial of the premium music subscription.
Will Cube-2 have any enhancements to equipment control over Cube-1? My cube-1 will control my Samsung TV, Sony sound bar and Panasonic BluRay. But it doesn't offer the flexibility to control them the way I desire. I would like to set up two configurations that can be commanded by name:
Config 1: TiVo feeds TV directly with HDMI-2 input selected. (For WAF so dealing with sound bar isn't required, just the TiVo remote required)
Config 2: Cube feeds into sound bar (with proper HDMI input selected) and sound bar feeds into TV with HDMI-1 input selected.
I can set up my cube-1 to achieve Config 2 with a single command ("Alexa turn on TV").
However the best way to get from Config-2 back to Config-1 requires TWO sequential Alexa commands: "turn off sound bar" followed by "switch to DVR". This is cumbersome even with follow-on enabled (follow-on timing is too critical). Being able to sequence Alexa commands separated by "and" would be nice -- but isn't available.
The enhanced video and audio modes are of no interest to me -- our TV and sound system don't support them. Faster voice navigation is defintitely long-needed but isn't of much value to me -- I prefer using the remote anyway.
So I'm wondering what features of Cube-2 would be worth the cost to me.
So, I know we are all just customers here, but can anybody else figure out if this soundbar would work like an Echo for listening to music? It appears that you can't speak to it directly, you have to use the remote, but would it play Amazon Music, independent of the TV?
1. The Yamaha RX-V677 supports up to 4Kp60 resolutions (as of Feb. 2015 firmware update) but it doesn't support HDCP 2.2 or BT.2020 (HDR) color space so while it work it won't take full advantage of the capabilities of the newest Fire TV devices. For the best possible results with that device make sure you have the receiver updated to the latest firmware.
2. Yes you can. I've connected 2 Alexa remotes to my Fire TV Stick 4K (same OS) on multiple occasions in order to update the firmware on the second Alexa remote. It will just show them as Alexa Voice Remote 1 and Alexa Voice Remote 2.
I just ordered it. Hopefully it will permit my wife to only have to use the cube instead of three handhelds. I am hoping it will finally live up to the 1st gen cube proposed feature set. If not, it will be returned. Usually 2.0 releases have ironed out the issues associated with 1.0. One of their support pages shows the cube using the television HDMI port. My current 4K stick is using the HDMI port on my Onkyo receiver. With an AV receiver, should the cube still be plugged into the television. Just got a shipping notification that the cube will arrive tomorrow.
I have been trying to find answers to the questions below, and can't find them anywhere, so I'm hoping someone from Amazon will eventually check on this thread and answer them :-)
1. Will the new Fire Cube work with a Yamaha receiver rather than a tv? (like the Yamaha RX-V677)
2. Can you connect two alexa remotes to a single Fire Cube?
Thanks a million!
HDMI is HDMI. If you can't get a Cube or any HDMI to sync, look at how to sync HDMI devices and the AVR in the manual for the RX-V677. You really have to do it right to begin with. It is mostly about the first start up sequence and setting the Cube prefs right. You have to give control of the HDMI switching to the Cube to benefit from the voice control feature. Also, be sure your HDMI cable is 1.3 (or even 1.0) or higher HDMI version but, also check the RX-V677 manual to be sure which HDMI version works best. No need to spend money on expensive cables as long as they are HDMI approved. AVR manuals are a bear to read and Yamaha is no exception but, take a month to go section by section and understand the AVR. It is full of interesting things to make your system work better and easier. For example, LFE or Low Frequency Effects is not the same as a crossover setting for a subwoofer. LFE is just the boom and thud and not musical at all. It is also not triggered except in the right video format that is playing. But a carefully set crossover setting, letting the AVR control it for your sub, will result in better music. You will also need to know the frequency range of your speakers and how to set the sub so it uses the Yamaha for bass. There is much more about AVRs… Read the manual, it will help a lot.