Amazon’s new Fire TV Blaster works with Echo to control your TV, soundbar, cable box and more

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Amazon’s new Fire TV Blaster works with Echo to control your TV, soundbar, cable box and more

Amazon already offers Alexa voice control to TV owners through its Fire TV devices, by way of a voice remote or by pairing an Echo device with a Fire TV, for hands-free voice commands. Now, it’s introducing a new device, the Fire TV Blaster, which extends that same hands-free voice control to your TV itself and other TV devices — like your soundbar, cable box, or A/V Receiver.

That means you’ll be able to say things like “Alexa, turn off the TV,” or “Alexa, switch to HDMI 1 on TV.” You can also control the volume and the playback.

And if you have other TV devices, you can control them hands-free as well, by saying things like “Alexa, turn up the soundbar volume,” or “Alexa tune to ESPN on cable.”

The Fire TV Blaster is designed to be added to the mix when you’re already using an Echo paired with a Fire TV.  The idea is to make it possible to go 100% hands-free, in terms of controlling your devices with your voice, no matter what your particular setup is like.

Amazon says customers use Alexa more when they don’t have to push a button on their remote. For instance, when customers use the Fire TV Cube, which offers hands-free voice control, they use Alexa 8 times more often. But

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