Posted Wed Sep 4, 2019 at 01:50 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Several new Fire TV devices have been detailed.
Amazon has announced a new lineup of Fire TV products. The collection includes an updated Fire TV Cube, the Nebula Sound Bar Fire TV Edition from Anker, and several new Fire TV Edition displays, including an OLED model from Grundig for the European market.
"Fire TV Cube was the first hands-free streaming media player powered by Alexa, and since launching last year we have gathered a wealth of feedback from customers about how they use voice in the living room," said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Amazon Fire TV. "Over the past year, we have continued to expand and advance the Fire TV Cube experience based on this feedback with dozens of new features including Multi-Room Music, Follow-Up Mode, and Alexa Communications. These key learnings carried over and guided the development of the second-generation Fire TV Cube, and we are excited to introduce this new-and-improved experience to customers around the world."
Serving as an updated version of the previously released model, the new second-generation Fire TV Cube is a streaming media player with integrated far-field voice control and access to tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills. The device features a hexa-core processor with support for 4K Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+ playback at up to 60 frames per second, along with Dolby Atmos audio capabilities. In addition, the unit offers a new Local Voice Control feature for faster response to frequent voice commands.
The new Fire TV Cube is now available for pre-order for $119.99. Shipments are expected to go out by October 10.
Meanwhile, Amazon has also teamed up with Anker to develop the Nebula Sound Bar - Fire TV Edition. Designed to serve as a sound bar and media player in one, the device features 2.1 channel output with two speakers, dual built-in subwoofers, and 100W of sound. Likewise, the unit includes Fire TV media player functionality with 4K HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision support. In addition, the system comes with an Alexa voice remote.
The Nebula Sound Bar - Fire TV Edition is now available for pre-order for $229.99. Shipments are expected to begin on November 21.
Finally, Amazon announced several new Fire TV Edition displays as well, including a new Toshiba 65-inch 4K Fire TV Edition with Dolby Vision support for the US market, and a new Grundig OLED Fire TV Edition for the German and Austrian markets. The Grundig OLED will also be the first Fire TV Edition with integrated far-field voice control via eight built-in microphones and Alexa.
"Our new Grundig Fire TV Edition television range redefines how people think about their TV experience. Customers not only have access to all their favorite content through live broadcast and video-on-demand, but can also control their compatible smart home products and access thousands of apps, channels, and Alexa skills. We’re excited to be able to offer our customers the world’s first Fire TV Edition television with far-field voice control, making it even easier for users to control their television and elevate their smart TV experience," said Mario Vogl, Grundig’s Northern Europe Regional Director and Managing Director Germany.
The Toshiba 65-inch 4K Fire TV Edition is set to launch at Best Buy in the US next month for $599. The Grundig OLED Fire TV Edition is now available for pre-order in 55-inch and 65-inch screen sizes via Amazon.de.
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