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Are you ready to cut the cord and stick it to your cable or satellite TV provider? Now is a good time to do that—over at Woot, you can score a hefty discount on an Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and start living that streaming life. It's priced at just $24.99, which is 38 percent below its regular $39.99 list price. The Fire TV Stick plugs into your HDTV via HDMI, or into your surround sound receiver's HDMI port, if that is how you roll. You can then use the included Alexa Voice Remote to channel surf and sift through specific types of content. For example, you could say, "Find a horror movie" and Alexa will bring up a list of available options. You can also issue voice commands... Read more...
It might be taking content developers a long time to flood the market with 4K movies and TV shows, but one thing is for sure, the hardware is in place on the consumer side. TVs with native 4K support are the new norm, and the transition is taking place on the peripheral side as well. Case in point, Amazon today announced a new version of its streaming Fire TV Stick that brings 4K resolution support into the fold. It doesn't stop there, either. Amazon's new Fire TV Stick 4K adds support for the two most popular high dynamic range (HDR) standards, those being Dolby Vision and HDR10+, to make those 4K Ultra HD visuals pop. Of course, you'll need a TV that also supports HDR, which are also starting... Read more...
Amazon has made it so that users of the Amazon Fire TV with the pendant design can no longer use the official Amazon Fire TV Game Controller. The controller is incompatible with the Fire TV device after the latest 6.2.5.3 software update for the third-generation device is applied. Scuttlebutt suggests that the Fire TV Cube will also soon lose support for the gamepad. This move wasn't an accident with a new disclaimer at the bottom of the page for the Fire TV Game Controller that reads "not compatible with Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD - Pendant Design, Fire TV Edition smart TVs, or Fire TV Cube." That leaves the only device that is compatible with the Fire TV Game Controller as the Fire TV Stick.... Read more...
Streaming is increasingly becoming the way many people consume TV shows and movies today. One of the more budget-friendly, yet fully-featured streaming devices for folks who lack a smart TV that supports integrated streaming is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. That device is normally $39.99 making it decently affordable every day. Anyone that has been considering the purchase of a streaming device for their TV will want to check out the deal Amazon has going for Prime members. Amazon's Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is selling for $24.99 right now. That price is only good if you are a Prime subscriber. For those unfamiliar with the Fire TV Stick, this device allows you to stream content... Read more...
Earlier this week, Roku rolled out a reengineered lineup of players to cement its lead in the streaming market. Not be left out, Amazon has announced a refreshed media streamer of its own: the all-new Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV Stick has ditched the crusty, old dual-core processor in favor of a sprightlier quad-core processor (which Amazon says is up to 30 percent faster) and wireless connectivity has been upgraded to support 802.11ac MIMO. The Fire TV Stick also now comes with an Alexa Voice Remote included in the box, which allows you to belt out commands to control your viewing experience. We should also note that the Fire TV Stick is still “only” a 1080p streamer, so it won’t be able to handle... Read more...
Around this time last week, Apple was making waves with its all-new Apple TV. Apple boasted that its new streaming device features a brand new motion- and touch-sensitive controller, potent A8 processor with 2GB of memory, support for Siri voice recognition, and a brand new App Store. However, given how long Apple took to trot out a new version of the Apple TV, there was one box on the device’s specs sheet that was curiously unchecked: support for 4K video streaming. Like clockwork, Amazon is ready to respond with its second generation Fire TV, an introduction that we surmised was coming due to the fact that the first generation model went out of stock last month with no signal of when it would... Read more...
Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have gotten a whole lot more interesting in just the past week. Both streaming devices, which first and foremost are a showcase for Amazon’s Instant Video platform, are worthy competitors to the likes of the Roku 3, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast. Speaking of that last competitor, an $8 app popped up in the Amazon Appstore that effectively turns both the Fire TV and Fire TV stick into a Chromecast device. Today, however, Amazon’s streaming devices are getting some assistance from a more “legitimate” source: HBO. The standalone HBO Now service, which last month arrived on Amazon’s Fire tablets (Apple had a brief exclusivity window before the service landed on... Read more...
When it comes to American mega-businesses, Comcast doesn’t exactly have a sterling reputation. Its reputation is quite the opposite in fact, twice earning the top honors in The Consumerist’s Worst Company in America competition. You can blame poor customer service, a lack of humor, and wasting $32 million of its own money on the failed Time Warner Cable acquisition for Comcast’s typically “grinchy” behavior. The behavior also extended to allowing third-party streaming services to piggyback on its Internet connections. While HBO Go has been available for quite some time for the Amazon Fire TV, customers that have Comcast Internet have been unable to access the service. That changes today, as we... Read more...
Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are highly capable media streamer available for extremely attractive prices. The Fire TV has an MSRP of $99 and can regularly be found for $80 or less. The Fire TV Stick has an MSRP of $39. For users that sign up for three months of Sling TV, even bigger discounts can be achieved with both media streamers. Amazon is about to make the Fire TV/Fire TV Stick experience even more compelling with an over-the-air (OTA) software update that will land within the next few weeks. The biggest feature is perhaps the addition of USB storage support on the Fire TV. This will allow you to connect a USB mass storage device to the device’s single USB port and expand beyond the... Read more...
Just last month, Dish Network announced the launch of Sling TV, a live, over-the-top (streaming) television service that runs $20 per month. At the time, Dish said a number of hardware devices were expected to support Sling TV, including Roku players and TV models, Amazon Fire TV, and Amazon Fire Stick. Well, Roku added support from the get-go and today Amazon is welcoming Sling TV to the fold. Even better, there are discounts available for either platform.If your preference leans towards Roku, you can receive 50 percent off the company's flagship Roku 3 set-top box or receive a free Roku Streaming Stick when you prepay for three months of Sling TV. To pick one or the other, just head here and... Read more...
As new players enter the streaming media category, some in the “old guard” are finding it hard to retain their once lofty market share numbers according to Parks Associates. The market research firm’s latest analysis shows that Roku remains the number one hardware vendor when it comes to streaming devices despite tumbling from a 46 percent share in 2013 to 29 percent in 2014. Since last year, Roku has seen a few newcomers enter the fray including Google with the $35 Chromecast and Amazon with the $99 Fire TV. Amazon also started shipping the $39 Fire TV Stick to customers late last month, but we’re not sure that enough of those devices are in consumer hands to make a difference in Park Associates’... Read more...
Amazon has begun shipping its Fire TV Stick to customers today, the company's low-cost streaming HDMI dongle that will go up against Google's Chromecast device and a growing number of competitors. The Fire TV Stick costs just $39, and while that's $4 higher than a Chromecast, there are a few advantages to Amazon's device. For one, it comes with a dedicated remote control to make navigation easier. There's also a mobile app available if you'd rather use your smartphone, which includes voice search -- it's powered by the same voice search engine as Amazon's Fire TV. From a technical standpoint, the Fire TV Stick trumps both Chromecast and Roku's streaming stick with superior hardware. It has a... Read more...
Following up on the launch of its Fire TV set top box seven months ago, Amazon today introduced its little brother, the Fire TV Stick. Similar (but more powerfully equipped) to Google's Chromecast device, the Fire TV stick is a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port on your HDTV to offer instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. "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... Read more...