Called simply the Amazon Fire TV, it costs $70, or £70 in the UK (not sold in Australia.) That makes it nearly twice as much as the similarly sized, yet much-longer-named. That stick is the site’s perennial best-seller in Electronics, with more than 100,000 user opinions averaging 4.5/5 stars.
The main difference between the two is 4K HDR video, which delivers improved image quality to compatible TVs as long as you’re watching a 4K and/or HDR TV show or movie. The new Fire TV also supports audio and has a slightly faster quad-core processor (1.5GHz versus 1.3GHz). That’s about it.
Both devices stream video from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and a host of other services. They also include a remote control with voice capabilities that invokes Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant. And there’s even a new function that, hands-free using your voice.
Physically the Amazon Fire TV is kinda weird. Rather than a traditional stick, it’s a flat square (2.6 inches on a side) with an attached HDMI cable that dangles behind your TV. The was the first such dangling dongle, albeit rounder in form.
Rather than the 4K HDR Roku Streaming Stick+ is rumored too., which costs more than twice as much, the Fire TV goes up against 4K players like the $70 and the $80 . But the competitive landscape could change fast. an updated Chromecast on Oct. 4, and a
And Amazon could have another, more expensive Fire TV up its sleeve. A leak that proved prescient in describing this $70 streamer also mentioned aequipped with far-field microphones and integrated speaker.
Meanwhile the new 2017 Fire TV is up for preorder now, and ships Oct. 26. Look for the CNET review then.