Prime members: $30 off a new Amazon device (Fire TV Cube) through Friday (8 June 11:59 PM Pacific)

Prime members: $30 off a new Amazon device (Fire TV Cube) through Friday (8 June 11:59 PM Pacific)

Amazon announced a new device today, and it looks to me like it may be a significant evolution of the Fire TV, giving (most of) us what we’ve wanted all along.

It’s called the

Fire TV Cube (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The shorthand you are going to hear is that it is a combination of the Amazon Echo and the Fire TV.

That, though, leaves out what may be the biggest thing: control over your TV and other compatible devices.

So, without going through IFTTT (If This Then That) or using a device like we currently do, a Harmony remote, you should be able to have it turn on your TV, raise and lower the volume, change channels…all of that.

Apparently, it will also just figure out when to turn on the TV…if you ask to watch a movie, the TV turns on. If you ask Alexa (it has pretty full Alexa control…although not calling and messaging) what the weather is, it doesn’t need to turn it on (although I like the visuals that go along with questions like that on our Echo Show).

While we are watching our money more, I am going to get one. My Significant Other currently literally has a paper notebook on how to turn on the TV and watch shows, so I’m hoping this solves that. 🙂

The control includes Infrared, which is going to cover a lot of devices (but not all of them).

The list price is $119.99….but Prime members can get it for $89.99 if they order by 11:59 PM Pacific tomorrow (Friday 8 June). You also get a $10 Prime Video credit.

Since it controls SmartHome devices, they have those on package deals…you can buy the Ring Video Doorbell for a bit more than $50 off ($99.00).

I’m going to have to read more about it, but I wanted to get this out for you right away. This release is in the USA, and these are pre-orders for June 21st.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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2 Responses to “Prime members: $30 off a new Amazon device (Fire TV Cube) through Friday (8 June 11:59 PM Pacific)”

  1. Zebras Says:

    I jumped on this right away, just wasn’t truly sure how much value it added. I really hope it can eliminate the need to find that separate pesky TV remote to change inputs to get to the fire tv stick. Sometimes I don’t bother switching over, because I’m knitting and don’t want to stop. It was also a nightmare to set up the last Alexa gadget the Echo Connect, so I hope this is easier than that. Was pretty close to needing to replace the Fire TV Stick anyhow, so I will just consider it a necessary upgrade I guess.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      I’ll have mine soon…looking forward to testing it out! The big dream for me is that my Significant Other would not need to use the remote to watch TV, but could simply ask and have it turn on the necessary devices and get to the right spot.

      One concern I have is that we will (at the least) have to specify on which service we are watching it for it to go to the right episode (and not simply start over). For example, my SO recently binge-watched over 250 episodes (I think) of Grey’s Anatomy. No way that my SO knew which episode, or even which season, most of the time. If that was available on Hulu, Netflix, and Prime Video, you’d have to specify (at least, this is the way it seems to work now), or it might pick one on which you haven’t watched it, starting you from scratch. Ideally, it will realize on which service you’ve been watching, and offer that.

      By the way, I had an interesting discussion with someone the other day about the idiom, “from scratch”, meaning from the beginning. That person didn’t know it (I think it comes from scratching a line in the dirt for the start of a race). They did, though, know “from jump”, which means basically the same thing and comes from basketball (the jump ball in the beginning of the game).

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