Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is an all-in-one device for Amazon users

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However, Prime members can grab one for $89.99 if they order on June 7th or 8th.

After making a request for, let's say, the Real Housewives of NY, the Cube will respond by serving up the user's cable, satellite box or some streaming apps.

The new Fire TV Cube from Amazon.com extends the company's efforts to become the nerve center of your house by combining its entertainment ambitions more fully with its push into the smart home. Amazon says the device is compatible with set-top boxes built by the likes of Comcast, Dish and DirecTV, covering more than 90 percent of households that pay for cable or satellite TV subscriptions.

About the UI of the box, Amazon says that it works to deliver "content forward" with actions and operations surrounding the wirelessness of the Fire TV Cube.

The Fire TV Cube can also control your smart home devices, so you can ask it to turn on your smart lightbulb, or show footage from your smart home camera.

But the Fire TV Cube's standout feature might be its support for set-top cable boxes.

"We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about", said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Fire TV. The device can also control other smart-home devices, and be used to set up automation routes.

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Amazon and Google have been the two major players in the smart speaker market, but it was Amazon who enjoyed a big lead through most of this time. Amazon is also bundling a separate IR extender with the Cube, making it possible to reach devices hidden away in cabinets and such.

Heads up, fashion lovers: Amazon's $200 hands-free camera and style assistant Echo Look is now available to everyone in the United States who wants one. If that's not you, Amazon is now offering nice discounts on the Echo Dot and Echo Show, giving you two more ways to add Alexa to your home.

Although it's always listening, it's not always recording what you're saying.

You can turn off the microphone temporarily, too. Plus, for a limited time, customers can pre-order Fire TV Cube and the recently announced Amazon Cloud Cam together for $199.98.

'And, it's just the beginning.

It's a potent little package in many ways.

Users will need to have some gear in order to take advantage of a few different commands.

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