Amazon to Roll Out NEW 'Fire TV Stick'


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View attachment 3349 Amazon is now taking pre-orders for their new Amazon Fire TV Stick ($39), a device that is positioned to compete with the Google's ChromeCast ($35) and Roku's Streaming Stick ($49). It appears to support most of the features of Amazon's Fire TV Set Top Box ($99), although it has a different processor and GPU. It also has no USB port for media (the micro USB is for power only) and no Audio out or ethernet port. While it has no memory expansion capability like the Fire TV Box, it has 8 GB of internal memory VS the set top box's 1 GB internal memory.

From the Amazon Website:
Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you're a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, voice search that actually works, and exclusive features like ASAP. Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games, and more. Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to arrive after January 1, 2015. See delivery date at checkout. This item will be released on November 19th.
Here's a comparison chart of the three streaming stick devices:

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[TD="align: left"]Size[/TD]

3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)

[TD="align: left"]Weight[/TD]

0.9 oz. (25.1g)

[TD="align: left"]Processor[/TD]

Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9

[TD="align: left"]GPU[/TD]


[TD="align: left"]Storage[/TD]

8 GB internal

[TD="align: left"]Memory[/TD]

1 GB

[TD="align: left"]Wi-Fi Connectivity[/TD]

Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.

[TD="align: left"]Bluetooth[/TD]

Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP, HPP

[TD="align: left"]Voice Search Support[/TD]

Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire or Android OS; iOS coming soon)

[TD="align: left"]Game Controller Support[/TD]

Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire Game Controller, compatible with Nyko PlayPad Pro and other Bluetooth controllers.

[TD="align: left"]Cloud Storage[/TD]

All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage

[TD="align: left"]Ports[/TD]

1 Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP 1.4
1 Micro USB for power only

[TD="align: left"]Audio[/TD]

Dolby Digital Plus certified, audio pass through up to 7.1

[TD="align: left"]Content Formats Supported[/TD]

Video: H.264
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis

[TD="align: left"]Output Resolution Supported[/TD]

720p and 1080p up to 60fps

[TD="align: left"]System Requirements[/TD]

High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.

[TD="align: left"]TV Compatibility[/TD]

Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse

[TD="align: left"]Warranty and Service[/TD]

1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.

[TD="align: left"]Regional Support[/TD]

Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.

[TD="align: left"]Closed Captioning[/TD]

Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.

[TD="align: left"]Included in the Box[/TD]

Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide


Both the Amazon Fire TV STB and Fire TV Stick come with a one month trial of Amazon Prime. And of course, the Amazon Fire Game Controller is an extra $40.