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. You can also easily switch to cable or satellite—just say, 'Alexa, switch to cable/satellite.’
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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, satellite and cable boxes, 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 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 compatible Fire TV device 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, satellite and cable boxes, 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, satellite and cable boxes, and A/V receivers.
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, satellite and cable boxes, 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.
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.
Does Fire TV Blaster have a speaker/microphone?
No, you will hear Alexa responses through a linked Echo smart speaker or smart display.
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.“
“Alexa, volume up on receiver.“
“Alexa, volume down on receiver.“
“Alexa, tune to ESPN on cable/satellite.“
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. Learn more here about Fire TV Blaster compatibility.
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.
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, cable or satellite box, 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 (2nd Gen). 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, satellite and cable boxes, and A/V receivers. Learn more here about supported devices.
Fire TV and Alexa apps on a mobile device running at least Fire OS 5.0, iOS 10, or Android 5
Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) with Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) with Alexa Voice Remote (1st Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV (3rd Gen), Fire TV Cube (1st Gen and 2nd Gen). Any Echo smart speaker or smart display. Compatible IR remote-controlled device(s).
Warranty and service
Certain services may not be available outside the US.
Included in the box
Fire TV Blaster, 5W power adapter, USB cable (1.5 m), infrared (IR) extender cable, Quick Start Guide
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Received this yesterday and I tried setting it up for 2 + aggravating hours and gave up. Because it’s new, there isn’t any helpful info to be found. Went back at it today and finally figured it out. The instructions make it seem so easy and automatic almost. Definitely not in my case... I’m pretty technologically sound so it was quite irritating.
Hopefully this helps... I have an echo, firetv stick, Vizio tv and sounbar. I got through all the connecting steps between fireblaster and Alexa echo and then got frustrated. You are then to go on your firestick app and go in to settings to finish connecting tv to ir (fire blaster) as it states. The light goes off, which it then says to hit next to connect it to the device (tv, PlayStation, sound bar, etc.), well it would never connect. It would say connection issue, check if it’s online in Alexa app or to WiFi network blah blah blah, it all was online. I’d ask Alexa to do a command like turn on tv and she kept rattling off the same things. So I kept going back n forth, resetting the blaster and same continuous problem.
Solution: when you’re on that screen to connect it says hit next if light is off on blaster. On one of the next couple screens it’ll say off to the side the 3 horizontal dashes (offhand I think it’s the details button on the far right side on firestick) advanced settings, HIT THAT! It then pulled up IR settings. Bingo. Then it finally would go through and the fire blaster would flash blue again when it was connecting. You just follow through everything it asks. Everything works perfect! Alexa turns on off tv, sound bar, set sleep timer, etc.)
Bit of a learning curve but now I’ll say it’s definitely worth it! Just being able to say set sleep timer is a win for us. I hope I explained it correctly as I’ve been done with it for a while but just decided to write the review lol. I hope it helps!
The set up was quite fast and simple to follow the instructions, but once the fire tv blaster was connected, the actions are limited to turning the TV off and on, turning the volume up or down, or opening applications such as netflix inside the fire stick itself, I did not find way to change the origin of the TV for the television by antenna, or for the port that the playstation is connected for example. If it only serves to turn on or off and occasionally vary in volume but I can not jump from netflix for a television channel or switch between channels I do not see much use to this device. They do not even offer support at the time of starting the refund.
EDIT: I tried. I really did but I cannot get this thing to do anything. Amazon didn't help much with their zero support policy. Even their own people didn't know enough this thing to help. So I'm returning it. I have a feeling those of you who want to risk getting one of these will soon have an opportunity to get a refurbished unit on the cheap.
For those unfamiliar with the term "Voice-Enabled Scrolling and Selection" which I fully expected and thought was included, allow me to summarize:
"Scrolling" is what you do when you press the outer ring of the large round button on the remote in order to move up, down, right and left. And "Hands-free voice-enabled scrolling" allows an arthritic person to verbally issue those commands without fumbling with the tiny remote in the dark.
"Selection" is when you press on the center of that large round button on the remote in order to pick one of several on-screen buttons; "Hands-free voice-enabled selection" allows such a person to do that without accessing the remote.
Considering the fact the Prime Video app comes with "Voice-Enabled Scrolling and Selection" as I believe does NetFlix and all the other major apps on FireTV, I simply cannot believe this feature was not included in the Echo (Alexa) commands for the Fire TV Blaster! Without it, why even sell the Blaster as it appears that all the other commands are ALREADY included in at least the FireStick4K and the most recent version of the standard FireStick?
I am still hoping my many hours of struggling and failing to find the secret to turning on Voice-Enabled Scrolling and Selection are just some kind of release glitch and that tomorrow I can come back and re-write this review as a glowing 5 star-deserving product!
Amazon, surely this is not a product which merely duplicates what the FireStick already does, is it?