Amazon unveils nearly hands-free streaming TV device

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Alexa for couch potatoes is coming: Amazon’s new Fire TV streaming device will let users shout out when they want to turn on the TV, flip channels or search for sitcoms — all without pushing any buttons.
    
The Fire TV Cube is not entirely hands-free yet, however. Some apps or streaming services may require viewers to pick up the included remote to rewind or stop a show.
    
Amazon already sells other voice-controlled Fire TV devices, but those require a push of the remote’s mic button or a separate Echo device with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.
    
The Cube will be available later this month for $120.
    
Nvidia’s Shield also offers hands-free streaming using Google’s digital assistant. Other devices, including Apple TV, require activation with the remote’s mic.

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