I’m not sure if anyone here can answer my question or offer advice, but we are looking to upgrade both our TV and our Echo. We definitely want a smart TV that is compatible with Alexa but we will also be upgrading to an Echo show. Do we need a fire TV cube if we get just a smart TV? Could we just get a TV with Alexa built in and skip the fire TV cube?
I mainly want an echo show for the kitchen, recipes, music while I cook, etc., but we use Alexa for so much more around the house. Would it work through the TV if, for example, my daughter had a question about the solar system?
ANY help, thoughts or advice would be appreciated. TIA!
I personally would not purchase a television to have the Fire experience. My experience with a recent Vizio television is that its built in Fire experience is brain dead and far behind the feature set of the Fire sticks ( does not include DVR option on the home page) and updates are no where as frequent as those for the Fire devices. The Fire cube 2.0 is very fast and for me better even than the 4K Fire stick. I very seldom use the cube for non-television questions and I do not have any echo devices so my opinion on the remainder of your question would not be valid.
Could we just get a TV with Alexa built in and skip the fire TV cube?
My understanding is Alexa on the Fire TV sets is a "push to talk" affair, rather than relying on the wake word, as the mic usually seems to be on the remote (and having it constantly monitoring for the wake word would be a battery drain). Perhaps those that have a Fire TV set can chime in if their unit is an exception to this.
I've owned the 1st generation Element FireTV Edition and was happy with it. But that was before the Cube came out. The big problem I see is that Amazon is releasing FireTV devices two and three times a year. And many if not most of the FireTV Editions never get upgraded to the newest features that Amazon offers. It's much easier to upgrade a FireTV device every 12-18 months than changing out TV sets. I just upgraded my Cube from gen 1 to gen 2 and am glad that I did.
Also, I realize that's it's next to impossible to find a TV set of any size that isn't 'smart'. I have a 2018 Samsung set but have never even thought about using any of it's smart features. My Cube does everything I need/want
The FBI has just issued a warning regarding smart televisions spying on you with their being vulnerable to hacking. Point of article was to have your television's security settings enabled and not to accept the television's default settings. They also suggested to disconnect your television from the internet which I have done on all my televisions and I connect my Fire devices via my secure WIFI network.