Amazon introduces Fire TV Stick, a competitor to Chromecast
Amazon Fire Phone sales might have been disappointing but that has not deterred the company from introducing new hardware. The e-retailer giant on Monday introduced the new Fire TV Stick, which is a competitor to Google’s Chromecast. Set to be available on November 19, the streaming dongle is now on pre-order at the Amazon.com and carries a price-tag of $39. It will cost just $19 for the Prime members as a part of the two-day promotional pre-order offer.
Although slight expensive than the Google’s Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick is packing more robust internals in the form of 8GB of internal storage, dual-core Cortex-A9 Broadcom Capri 28155 processor, 1GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi and support for upto 1080p video output.
Amazon Fire TV Stick work more like Fire TV set-top box than Chromecast. It offers a user-interface similar to Amazon’s set-top box, which can be controlled using the Fire TV Stick remote app or an optional voice-enabled remote available for extra-cost ($30). The stick will also support gameplay, for which the consumers will be able to buy gamepad separately or use the remote app. As a device, the Fire TV stick is closer to a stripped down version of Fire TV than Google’s no-frills Chromecast.
“Fire TV Stick delivers instant access to a vast selection of content, including the most popular video and music services such as 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,” Amazon noted in a press release.
Other highlights of the Amazon Fire TV
- Over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, millions of songs, and hundreds of games as a part of Amazon Instant Video, MP3, and Appstore
- Free 30-day Prime as well as Netflix trial
- Instant streaming with ASAP: ASAP learns what movies and shows you like so they start instantly
- Dedicated remote and app for easy use
- Simple to set-up and easy to use
- X-Ray for movies, TV shows & music
- Voice search that actually works
- Connect your small screen to your big screen: Fire TV Stick lets you fling your favorite apps to your TV to free up your small screen for other uses. Or mirror your phone or tablet to your TV