Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Fire TV Stick upgrade brings new Alexa Voice Remote with TV control

Fire TV Stick upgrade brings new Alexa Voice Remote with TV control

The new Alexa Voice Remote is no longer unique to the 4K variant, however, also being bundled with the entry-level model. It sold the remote separately for $29.99, but it's now 50% off.

Just last week, I wrote about the benefits of the remote and declared it a must-have accessory at $29.

In addition to its expected Fire TV controls, the new remote has a dedicated mute button (rather than having to press volume, then menu buttons), as well as the new vertical volume rocker. That may sound like standard remote features - and they are - but previous Fire TV remotes lacked that functionality, forcing users to keep a TVs remote nearby for basic functionality, along with the Fire TV remote nearby to navigate its interface.

Yup, you heard it right - Amazon has updated the remote included with Fire TV Stick. However, here in the UK I have noticed the list price for the Fire TV Stick is now £39.99, but the last time I checked (before Xmas) it was £24.99. For 4K playback, consumers will need to buy the Fire TV Stick 4K instead.

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Amazon's All-new Alexa Voice Remote lets you press a button and ask Alexa to find, launch, or control your Fire TV devices.

The remote has been available to purchase separately on Amazon for £14.99, however from tomorrow (16th) Amazon is discounting it by 50 per cent until January 28th.

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