Introducing Fire TV Blaster - Add Alexa voice controls for power and volume on your TV and soundbar (requires compatible Fire TV and Echo devices)
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- Requires Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen and later) with Alexa Voice Remote, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV (3rd Gen) and any Echo smart speaker or smart display.
- ‘Alexa, turn on the TV.’ -- Fire TV Blaster lets you use your voice to easily turn your TV on or off--even from across the room.
- ‘Alexa, turn up volume on soundbar.’ -- Turn up the volume or mute your compatible TV or soundbar.
- 'Alexa, switch to HDMI1.' -- Get to your content faster by using your voice to switch between HDMI inputs on your compatible TVs.
We want you to know:
Important: Fire TV Blaster is not compatible with Fire TV Stick (1st Gen), Fire TV (1st Gen), or Fire TV (2nd Gen). Fire TV Blaster is also not compatible with Fire TV Edition televisions or soundbars. Learn more about supported devices.
Fire TV Blaster is a companion device that works with your Echo and Fire TV devices to add voice control of power, volume, and input switching to your TV, soundbar, and receiver. Fire TV Blaster won't work on its own so you'll need the following (sold separately):
• A compatible Fire TV streaming device – Gives you instant access to launch and control your favorite TV shows, movies and more.
• Any Echo smart speaker or smart display - Fire TV Blaster doesn't have a microphone or speaker so it relies on Echo devices to add hands-free voice control to your compatible IR-controlled devices.
• Compatible devices - IR-controlled TVs, receivers, cable boxes, and soundbars. Learn more about supported devices.
• Apps - Access to the free Fire TV and Alexa apps on Android 5.0 (or above), iOS 10 (or above) mobile device or on a Fire tablet (5th Gen or above) are required for setup.
Fire TV Blaster will not control ceiling fans, lights, or other home appliances.
Required Amazon devices
Fire TV Blaster requires both a compatible Fire TV streaming device and any Echo smart speaker or smart display to add hands-free voice control to TVs, soundbars, and receivers. Not sure you have what you need? Check the devices registered to your account.
How to set up
Before you begin: Make sure your compatible Fire TV and Echo devices are already set up and connected to the same Wi-Fi network. You must be signed-in using the same Amazon account for all devices and apps. Learn more here.
Download the latest Fire TV and Alexa apps on your mobile phone or tablet and sign in using the same Amazon account. Download the latest Fire TV software version on your Fire TV device. Learn more here.
Sign into the Fire TV app with the same Amazon account and select +New Device > Fire TV Blaster and follow the on-screen instructions.
Continue to follow the Fire TV app instructions and turn on your TV then go to the Fire TV Home screen.
If you have more than one TV on your Alexa account go to the Alexa App to give your TV a unique name.
Once set up is complete, try saying 'Alexa, turn off my TV' without your Fire TV remote. Visit Fire TV Blaster and Alexa for help.
Watch set up video
Place your Fire TV Blaster 1 to 2 feet away from devices you would like to control, positioned so that it has line of sight to those devices. The LED should also be facing where you usually sit. Voice control will work from across the room.
Need more assistance? Visit our Help & Customer Service page.
How does Fire TV Blaster work?
At just over 5 cm (2” tall), Fire TV Blaster connects your compatible IR-controlled devices to control power, volume, and switch inputs hands-free, so you can get to your content faster.
- Use your Echo smart speaker or smart display with Alexa to communicate with your Fire TV and Fire TV Blaster using your voice.
- Use compatible Fire TV devices for instant access to launch and control your favorite streaming TV shows, movies, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fire TV Blaster?
Fire TV Blaster uses infrared (IR) to help TVs, soundbars, and A/V receivers work together wirelessly.
Can I use Fire TV Blaster on its own?
No, Fire TV Blaster is a companion device that requires both a compatible Fire TV streaming device and any Echo smart speaker or smart display. Together these three devices bring hands-free voice control to TVs, soundbars, and A/V receivers.
Do I need Fire TV Blaster to voice control my entertainment?
If you already own both a compatible Fire TV streaming device and compatible Echo device, then Fire TV Blaster will add hands-free voice control to what you can already do with the Alexa Voice Remote.
Does Fire TV Blaster have a speaker/microphone?
No, you will hear Alexa responses through a linked Echo smart speaker or smart display.
Do I need a smart TV to use Fire TV Blaster?
No. Fire TV Blaster works with compatible IR controlled TVs, regardless of whether or not they are a smart TV.
Will this work with my Fire TV Edition television or soundbar?
No, Fire TV Blaster isn’t compatible with Fire TV Edition televisions or soundbars.
How can I control my compatible devices with Alexa?
From across the room, ask Alexa to control your entertainment experience. Here are a few examples of what you can tell Alexa to do:
“Alexa, turn on the TV.“
“Alexa, turn off the TV.“
Why is a Fire TV streaming media player required for Fire TV Blaster?
A compatible Fire TV device is required to access streaming content and complete set up of your compatible TV, audio/video receivers, and soundbars. Fire TV Blaster will only work when paired with your compatible Fire TV and Echo devices.
Why is an Echo device required for Fire TV Blaster?
Fire TV Blaster doesn't have a speaker - instead, it uses your existing Echo smart speaker or smart display with Alexa to add hands-free voice control.
Can I use Fire TV Blaster to control my ceiling fan, lights, or other home equipment?
No. Fire TV Blaster adds hands-free voice control to your existing entertainment setup, and will only work with your compatible Fire TV and Echo devices, and compatible TV, soundbar, and receiver.
What's in the box
Fire TV Blaster technical details
1.5” x 2.2” x 1.5” (38 mm x 56 mm x 38 mm)
3.9 oz (111 g)
802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Power (micro-USB), wired infrared support
Near-field voice support with compatible Fire TV devices with the Alexa Voice Remote. Far-field voice support with compatible Echo devices.
Voice control compatibility
Fire TV Blaster can control a wide range of IR-enabled devices, including TVs, soundbars, and A/V receivers. Learn more about supported devices.
Fire TV app and Alexa app on a mobile device running at least Fire OS 5.0, iOS 10, or Android 5
Warranty and service
US, CA, UK, and DE. Certain services may not be available outside of Canada.
Included in the box
Fire TV Blaster, 5W power adapter, USB cable (1.5 m), infrared (IR) extender cable, Quick Start Guide.
Manufacturer Place of Business: Seattle, WA 98109, USA
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I finally upgraded to a "modern" TV on Prime Day, and had to reconfigure the blaster setup. I also upgraded my soundbar to a smart soundbar. Overall, my user experience has improved compared to when I first bought it.
* Because I now have a newer TV (Sony), I can now access all of my TV's inputs with no issue.
* I upgraded from a Bose Solo 5 soundbar to a Bose Soundbar 500 - at first it didn't work when I attempted to add the 500 as a "Soundbar". Turns my new soundbar is considered to be a "Receiver" for the FireTV to find the proper IR profile.
* Everything works perfectly. I can now do everything I want/need using the Amazon FireTV remote and/or Alexa voice commands.
* The device labeling situation still hasn't improved. I can't believe there's still no entry for "Nintendo Switch" or the ability to custom name a device. As mentioned in my last update, if they fix this, I would upgrade my product rating to five stars.
* I think the IR Blaster is perfect for simple use cases (like mine) where you just want to switch inputs (done by voice) and control any other playback devices that only require the buttons available on the FireTV remote. If your requirements are more advanced than that, you will be better off with something like as a Harmony Hub.
Some additional updates a week into usage that merited an upgrade of 1 star (based on how important those features are to me):
* "Alexa, Open Youtube" now launches Youtube instead of showing me search results
* "Alexa, Open Teksavvy" will now open the Teksavvy TV application
* If you have multiple FireTVs, and want to refer to one particular TV as "TV", you can work around it by creating new voice routines "Turn on the TV" and "Turn off the TV" that act as a surrogate for Turn off/on the Living Room TV, for example. For switching inputs, however, you will still need to identify the TV in your Alexa command (e.g., "Alexa, Switch the Living Room TV to Game Console"
* Worth another star to me: If Amazon adds the ability to name the inputs, that would do it for me
Original 3-star review below
I had been getting frustrated with the flakiness of my Harmony hub and its generally bad integration with Alexa, so when I saw that this was being released, I decided to give it a go.
Is it worth buying? It depends on a bunch of things.
It's early days, and because the problems are all software related, things can only get better.
My particular use case: I wanted to be able to use voice to turn the TV on and off, and to switch inputs on the TV using voice. On my nice to-have list was the ability to launch apps on the FireTV by name. I fully expected to have to use a remote for everything else.
The Echo/FireTV/Blaster combination can do most of what I bought it for, but not all. Part of the problem is my older TV, which doesn't appear to have all of its discrete input codes in Amazon's IR profile, but I have been looking at upgrading my TV in the next year anyways.
Am I keeping it? Let me put it this way, I've already disassembled my Harmony Hub setup, even though it's technically more capable than the FireTV Blaster. As the software gets better, I'll update my score accordingly.
The Good Parts
* Voice integration with Alexa is more reliable than using the Logitech Harmony skill (which limits you to one hub), or by using a workaround such as controlling Harmony via SmartThings
* You can use Alexa to switch inputs, and assign those inputs by device
* You can limit control of the blaster to the Echo(s) near your TV -- this is something I really like
* Seems kind of smart in terms of detecting your IR capable devices, but that part is a bit of a black box
* Very nice industrial design is tiny and inobtrusive
* Comes with everything you need, power adapter, cables and an extra IR emitter
* USB powered
* Discovery of your devices with Alexa is fairly easy, so long as you have compatible devices, you are good to go
* I had line-of-sight range issues with the Harmony that I don't have with the FireTV Blaster
Hit or Miss
* You need to be invested in the Echo/Alexa/FireTV ecosystem
* Documentation/instructions aren't that clear
* Some of the commands require specific phrasing. For example, I can't just say "Switch to game console", I have to say "Switch living room tv to game console", even though my two living room echos are set to only control the living room TV. This is annoying, as I had to print out a list of commands that work so my wife could learn what commands work without having to go through trial and error. The only silver lining is that you'll have them memorized after a day or so of using them.
* Setup requires fiddling with the FireTV and Alexa mobile apps PLUS the FireTV itself (prefer this be unified) - having said that, this is still better than the hot garbage that is the Logitech Harmony software
* Requires a compatible FireTV - I don't consider this a problem, since I think the blaster relies on the FireTV as its brains
* Had no issue recognizing and controlling my Bose Solo 5 sound bar
* Lets you add other devices like media players, game consoles, etc. But the names are preset and can't be changed. For example, there's an entry for Xbox and Playstation but I had to use "Game Console" for my Nintendo Switch and couldn't rename it to something more intuitive.
* If you have more than one FireTV (I do), you have to name your TVs uniquely, which isn't a big deal, but you can't name your main one "TV". Alexa would simply return a cryptic response like "Provider is having trouble" or "I can't control the device named device" even though you didn't say the word "device". So your launch command has to be longer, like "Turn on Living Room TV", even if you have only one TV that can be controlled by voice.
* Alexa knows Plex, Amazon Video and Netflix, but when you try to open Youtube, it just gives you search results for Youtube apps even though Youtube is installed. I hope they fix that one sooner than later, since I watch a lot of Youtube.
* Alexa can't launch apps with complicated names, like "Teksavvy TV". You're going to have to use the more for that one.
* Would be nice if you could assign IR functions to the FireTV remote's buttons outside of the FireTV/TV/Soundbar, but not a dealbreaker for me
The Bad Parts
* Recognized my 2008 Sony TV, but could only access 3 or 4 out of the 9 inputs via IR (and of the HDMI connections, only 2 out of 3, which is really unfortunate since I use all 3). I tried fiddling with the infrared settings on the FireTV to no avail. My Harmony had no issue with any of the discrete input codes for all of my TVs. I'm hoping that Amazon can eventually update their library of IR code profiles to fix this, but maybe this is an excuse to update my decade-old TV.
As I said earlier, it's early days. I got mine for launch day, and I fully expected a buggy "1.0" product, and that's what I got.
If you have only one recent vintage TV (made in the last 5 years or so), a FireTV, maybe a couple of devices and a soundbar, and only watch the major streaming services, you'll probably be fine getting one now.
If you have an older TV like me (or multiple FireTVs recognized by Alexa), and a more complicated setup (i.e., using an IPTV app like Teksavvy TV), you will have a less smooth experience.
Having said that, I still like it over anything made by Logitech Harmony. Harmony hardware is perfectly fine, but the user experience with the software has always been incredibly bad, in my opinion. Unfortunately, the competitive landscape for smart remotes is very sparse, so there aren't a lot of reasonably priced options that offer a good setup experience.
Since all of my issues are software related, I fully expect the experience to get better over time, but your mileage will definitely vary depending on your use case.
The Fire Tv Blaster is not one of those products.
Where to start. It is not easy to set up and the instructions are poor. This product just feels like an afterthought.
I had compatibility issues. Some times things would work...sometimes it would not work.
If I hadn't thrown out the packaging I would have returned it. If i had kept the box it would have probably been the best part of this item
I can now control my Fire Stick, and my TV functions, by voice alone!
I know that turning on the TV, controlling the volume, etc, for most people is not that big of a deal, but for me, it's one more thing that I can do on my own!!
It was a bit awkward to set up - but well worth the 10 minutes to set up.
I never need to get off the couch!