Posted Mon Oct 27, 2014 at 08:00 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
The new streaming media HDMI stick is now up for pre-order!
Amazon has announced the release of the latest addition to its Fire product line, the Fire TV Stick. Based on the same interface as the Fire TV set-top box, the streaming stick aims to deliver similar features and performance in a more compact and affordable design.
"Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available—a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, included remote control, voice search with our free mobile app, easy set-up, an open ecosystem, and exclusive features like ASAP for instant streaming," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "The team has packed an unbelievable amount of power and selection into an incredible price point—Fire TV Stick is just $39."
The device plugs right into the HDMI port of a customer's TV, offering easy access to media, apps, and games, including services like Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Twitch, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, Plex, A&E, PBS, PBS KIDS, WATCH Disney Channel, YouTube.com, and more. With its impressive specs, the Fire TV Stick boasts 50 percent more processing power and 2x the memory of Google's Chromecast. Likewise, it has 6x the processing power, 2x the memory, and 32x the storage of Roku's Streaming Stick.
The included remote can be used for quick navigation, and users can also download a mobile app to control the device with their smartphones along with a voice search feature. Finally, the Fire TV also includes Amazon's ASAP tech for instant streaming, mobile screen mirroring, and an X-ray second screen feature for Fire tablets and phones that offers information about the shows and movies you watch.
Amazon's Fire TV Stick is now available for pre-order for $39. The device will start shipping on November 19. In addition, Prime Members can currently receive a special limited time discount, bringing the price down to just $19 for two days only. And for users who want voice search without using their smartphones, customers can also purchase a separate Amazon Voice remote for $29.99.
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