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Amazon’s Fire TV Stick now comes with a remote that can control your TV

Truly, what a time to be alive.

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It is the year of our Lord 2019 and Amazon’s Fire TV sticks now come with a remote to control your TV. That’s right, a thing that works for your TV now lets you control things on your TV.

Alright, that might be a little confusing so to be a bit more specific, Amazon Fire TV includes a new Alexa-voice remote that lets you control things like volume, power, and mute without having to use your TV’s default remote. Previously, the original Fire TV stick remote didn’t have this sort of capability.

You will not have to pay extra for this remote

The good news here is that you don’t have to pay anything extra for it when buying a new Fire TV stick. Amazon is including the updated remote with the Fire TV stick free of charge. Previously, if users wanted the upgraded remote, they would have to pay an extra $29.99. However, the $49.99 Fire TV Stick 4K and the $119 Fire TV Cube already had this remote included.

Apparently, this is a big deal. Honestly, I don’t see why. I’m a Roku user and having this sort of functionality is a feature that Roku remotes offer right out of the box. Either way, this is good news for prospective Fire TV Stick buyers.

But again, Amazon should have offered this right from the jump. I mean, c’mon, it’s a remote. At the very least, it should be compatible with your TV.

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