Amazon is updating its Fire TV Stick bundle to include the new Alexa Voice Remote, which was released late last year, at the same $40 price point.
The next generation Alexa Voice Remote includes the same voice control options as the previous iteration, but with new power, volume, and mute buttons to control compatible TVs, sound bars and receivers. Amazon says there’s no change to the Fire Stick hardware itself in this new bundle, but the inclusion of the new remote makes it the the only streaming media player under $40 with a remote that controls other AV equipment besides a TV.
The new Fire TV Stick will be the first device in the family to ship with IMDb’s new free, ad-supported streaming service Freedrive.
The bundle will begin shipping to customers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, Japan, and India on Jan. 23. In an interview with GeekWire last week, head of Amazon Fire TV Marc Whitten said international growth is a high priority for the division.
The Fire TV family also includes the $50 Fire TV Stick 4K and the Alexa-powered $120 Fire TV Cube that launched this past June. Fire TV also now comes pre-installed in several smart TVs built by partners such as Toshiba and Insignia.