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

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The previously $30 IR-compatible remote will now be bundled for free

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Amazon is now including its upgraded Alexa voice remote with its entry-level $39.99 Fire TV Stick, replacing the old, basic remote that the company previously included.

The Alexa voice remote for Fire TVs adds a bunch of new and useful features to the streaming device — specifically, the ability to directly control things like power, volume, and mute on your TV without having to fumble around for another remote, thanks to the inclusion of IR blasters.

Amazon has already offered the upgraded remote bundled in with the $49.99 Fire TV Stick 4K and $119.99 Fire TV Cube, but it has charged an extra $29.99 for owners of the regular Fire TV stick to upgrade. Bundling the better remote in the box makes more sense, and to help out existing Fire TV owners who want the new remote, Amazon is offering it for half-off at $14.99 for a limited time too.

Update January 15th, 1:40pm: Added details for Amazon’s limited time discount on the Alexa voice remote.