Use this guide to learn more about the devices you can control with your voice when you connect Fire TV Blaster to a compatible Fire TV streaming device and Echo smart speaker. Note that some devices have limitations with voice control of certain functions, such as input switching.
Check to see if you have the required equipment you need to use Fire TV Blaster. In addition to Fire TV Blaster, you will need:
Fire TV Blaster also works with Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd Gen). While it will not add additional hands-free voice control to your entertainment experience, it will let you extend your voice control to compatible equipment that is in a closed cabinet or closet. If you’re not sure which Fire TV and Echo devices you have, check the devices registered to your account.
Control the power, volume, and input switching on TVs from popular brands like Samsung, VIZIO, LG, Element, Sony, TCL, Sanyo, Hisense, Sharp, Toshiba, RCA, and more. Fire TV Edition TVs are not compatible with this product.
Control the power and volume on compatible soundbars from popular brands like VIZIO, Samsung, LG, Sony, Bose, most Sonos soundbars, Yamaha, Nakamichi, Polk, JBL, and more. Fire TV Edition soundbars are not compatible with this product.
Control the power and volume on compatible A/V receivers from popular brands like Yamaha, Sony, Denon, Onkyo, Pioneer, Marantz, Harman Kardon, and more.
Tune to different TV channels on your cable or satellite box with your Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen or later) or Fire TV Stick 4K. Cable or satellite boxes from DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, DISH, Comcast, Spectrum, Verizon, Cox, and Frontier support this functionality.
Can I use Fire TV Blaster when my TV is off? Yes. It will still communicate to the devices it is compatible with, even when the TV is off.
I don't have a compatible Fire TV streaming device or Echo smart speaker. Will Fire TV Blaster work for me? No. In order to provide hands-free voice control of your entertainment experience, Fire TV Blaster must be connected to a compatible Fire TV streaming device and Echo smart speaker. Your Fire TV device and Echo smart speaker must be linked using the Alexa app.
Does Fire TV Blaster work outside of the U.S.? Fire TV Blaster is supported in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
What is IR? IR is short for infrared technology. It is the same technology used by many remote controls. Fire TV Blaster contains multidimensional IR emitters, so now Alexa can control most TVs, soundbars, A/V receivers, and cable and satellite boxes. IR requires line of sight to work – meaning there cannot be any item completely blocking the devices its connecting — so make sure your Fire TV Blaster has direct line of sight to the equipment you want to control, such as TVs, soundbars, A/V receivers, and cable and satellite boxes. Fire TV Blaster does not not need direct line of sight to your Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen and later) with Alexa Voice Remote, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV (3rd Gen), or Echo smart speaker or smart display.
How can I tell if my TV, soundbar, A/V receiver, or cable or satellite box is IR-enabled? Most TVs, soundbars, A/V receivers, and cable and satellite boxes are IR-enabled. To confirm if your device is IR-enabled, please refer to your device’s user manual.
What is HDMI-CEC? HDMI-CEC is a feature that allows compatible TVs and HDMI-connected devices to work better together. With HDMI-CEC, Alexa can control CEC-enabled TVs through HDMI. For example, if you say “Alexa, open Netflix”, Alexa will turn on your TV and launch Netflix. For optimal performance, enable HDMI-CEC on your TV.
What is input switching? TVs, soundbars, and A/V receivers have ports (inputs) that you connect other devices to, such as cable or satellite boxes, or Fire TV device. On TVs, these ports are often called "HDMI 1" or "HDMI 2." Input switching refers to changing which port is being displayed on your TV.
Where should I place Fire TV Blaster? Place Fire TV Blaster at least 1 to 2 feet away from the compatible devices you wish to control. Ensure it is unobstructed, with a line of sight between the two devices. The IR extender cable can be used to control devices in a closed cabinet when placed on the same shelf. If you have a Fire TV Cube (1st or 2nd Gen) the Fire TV Blaster must be in the same room with the IR extender cable in a closed cabinet. Your Echo smart speaker should be close by your entertainment area.
Is Fire TV Blaster compatible with universal remotes like Logitech Harmony? No, Fire TV Blaster is not compatible with universal remotes.
I have a Fire TV Edition TV or soundbar; should I purchase a Fire TV Blaster? Fire TV Blaster is not currently compatible with Fire TV Edition TVs or Fire TV Edition soundbars. A better alternative for hands-free control is to purchase an Echo smart speaker and pair both devices. With a paired Echo device, Alexa can control your Fire TV Edition TV, but cannot control soundbars, A/V receivers, or cable or satellite boxes. The Alexa Voice Remote that is included with Fire TV Edition TVs already have dedicated power, volume, and mute buttons.
I have a Bluetooth-enabled soundbar; will it work with Fire TV Blaster? Yes, it will work if the Fire TV Blaster is compatible with the IR-enabled soundbar that is connected to your TV. Alexa can only control your compatible soundbar when its connected to your TV with an HDMI or optical cable and not when paired via Bluetooth.
Is Fire TV Blaster compatible with projectors? No, Fire TV Blaster is not compatible with projectors.
Will Fire TV Blaster work with multiple TVs? No. Fire TV Blaster is designed to control one TV, along with the other devices associated with that TV like an A/V receiver or a soundbar. For every entertainment setup in your home, you will need one of each: Fire TV Blaster, a compatible Fire TV streaming media player, and Echo smart speaker or smart display.