Amazon Details New $40 Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Posted Wed Sep 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM PDT by
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A new and improved Fire TV Stick has been announced.  

Amazon has revealed the latest version of its Fire TV Stick. The new compact streaming device is up to 30 percent faster than the original model and includes the Alexa Voice Remote.

"We are proud that our customers have made Amazon Fire TV the #1 streaming media player in the US. With more than 120,000 reviews and a 4.2 star rating, they've also made the Fire TV Stick the most reviewed product ever on Amazon," said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. "Today, we are excited to make it even better. The new Amazon Fire TV Stick has been completely redesigned with incredible performance, powerful voice search and the included Alexa-powered remote to deliver instant access to a vast selection of movies, TV shows, games and Alexa skills at just $39.99."

Amazon's next generation Fire TV Stick is a compact HDMI dongle that offers access to over 300,000 movies and TV episodes along with improved performance over previous editions. Likewise, the new Fire TV Stick model is currently the only streaming media stick to include a voice remote.

Here's a full rundown of key features per the press release:

- Great content selection: With over 7,000 channels, apps, and Alexa skills and access to more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes, it's easy to find great content on Fire TV. Choose from popular providers like NetflixNBCHBO, Fox, ESPN, Disney Channel, Prime Video and CBS All Access – and watch live TV and video on Sling TV, Twitter and more.

- Instant and accurate voice search powered by Alexa: With the most accurate voice search of any streaming media stick, Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote responds instantly and lets you easily search across more than 90 apps and channels. Just say "find suspense thrillers" or "launch Hulu" and Alexa will respond. Fire TV will also show you the best viewing options – watch, stream, rent, or buy – to help you choose apps and channels based on convenience and value. For Amazon Video content, you can also control playback with just your voice; just ask Alexa to "go back 30 seconds" or "jump ahead 2 minutes."

- Just ask Alexa: With Alexa and the included Alexa Voice Remote, customers can easily ask Alexa to check local movie times, create shopping lists, play music, get the news and weather, order a pizza or a ride, and much more. With thousands of Alexa skills available, and tens of thousands of developers building skills for Alexa, she's getting smarter every day.

- Stunning video quality: With an ultra-fast quad-core processor, 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi and Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) for Amazon Video, you can rely on fast, fluid performance without buffering. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote also offers support for High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC), giving customers more 1080p HD streams from their existing internet connection.

- Effortless setup: Plug the Fire TV Stick into an HDTV, attach the power adapter, connect to Wi-Fi, and start streaming in minutes. Find your favorite content using the included Alexa Voice Remote, or discover more to watch with personalized recommendations right from the home screen. The Fire TV Stick is also portable, making it easy to take it almost anywhere and watch all your favorite content away from home.

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is now available for pre-order for $40. Shipments are expected to begin on October 20. In addition, eligible customers who purchase online or from a participating retailer and activate their device by October 31 will also receive a free content bundle with one month of Sling TV, two months of Hulu (Limited Commercials) for new subscribers, and a $10 credit for Amazon Video.

Source: Amazon

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