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Amazon Echo Show is on Sale Ahead of Prime Day 2018

10 June, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Janis Wilson
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Echo devices with Alexa software compete against Google Home smart speakers, which became available in France a year ago, and with voice-activated devices from other makers including Apple. It will let users control their live TV experience with voice commands through those boxes.

The Cube lets you control almost all aspects of your television-watching experience using nothing but your voice.

But the Fire TV Cube is finally out, priced at an aggressive $119.99 on pre-order in the United States today, and even made available for a discounted $89.99 for Prime members today and tomorrow only. It's now only $89.99 for Prime members in the States, until the end-of-play Friday 8 June. There are also apps available in the U.S. for ESPN, Fox Now, Showtime, Starz, PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, and NBC.

Alexa itself is also increasingly inside some smart TVs.

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Amazon has already carved out a spot in many living rooms with its Fire TV set-top boxes and streaming sticks-without divulging numbers, Amazon claims it has sold the most video streaming devices by units. This enables users to do things like switching between TV boxes and consoles, searching for shows and controlling the volume. Yes, the Fire TV Cube also doubles up as a universal remote, sweet! Voice search is also supported, not to mention all the typical Alexa tricks, like weather forecasts, news and smart home device controls. It's compatible with TVs, cable and satellite boxes, A/V receivers, and more.

"We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about", said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Fire TV.

There are variety of common features between the Fire TV Cube and the Apple TV 4K, including 4K HDR video, digital assistant support, Dolby Atmos support, and HDMI CEC. Customers who purchase and register their Fire TV Cube by July 1, will also receive a $10 credit for Prime Video.

Amazon's small new cube-shaped device sort of marries an Amazon Echo speaker with one of the company's Fire TV set-top devices. Amazon Prime members that pre-order the device on June 7 or June 8 will pay $89, giving them a $30 discount.

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