Amazon Hearth TV Blaster
Amazon on Tuesday introduced the $34.99 Hearth TV Blaster, a brand new infrared system that works with an present Amazon devices to present you extra methods to regulate your TV together with your voice.
It is Amazon’s strategy to promote extra stuff to individuals who already personal a few of its different merchandise, just like the Echo and Hearth TV. It offers lots of the options within the Hearth TV Dice with out forcing individuals to improve to that system. Finally, the better it’s to make use of a Hearth TV, the extra individuals will use it to entry TV reveals and music from Amazon’s companies.
Amazon already sells a wide range of tiny, low-priced Hearth TV gadgets, together with the Hearth TV Stick ($34.99) and Hearth TV Stick 4K ($49.99), and many individuals in all probability nonetheless personal the older Hearth TV Gen 3, which retailed for $79.99 and is formed like a diamond. With these devices, you possibly can say issues like “Alexa, play The People” and it’ll begin streaming the present. Nevertheless it solely works if you happen to’ve already dialed up the Hearth TV interface in your tv set.
However if you happen to even have an Echo in the home, you possibly can add the brand new Hearth TV Blaster and it’ll allow you to management the TV set, cable field, or TV soundbar utilizing voice instructions. So, as an illustration, you possibly can say one thing like like “Alexa, activate the TV” or “Alexa, tune to CNBC on cable.”
Principally, all this stuff working collectively substitute the Hearth TV Dice, which Amazon sells for $119.99. It is principally an inexpensive method for individuals who have already purchased partway into the Amazon Hearth ecosystem to get extra features for just a bit more cash.
Amazon stated the Hearth TV Blaster will likely be out there for pre-order on Tuesday and that it’s going to ship on Dec. 11.