Amazon introduced the Fire TV Stick, a new streaming-media device that can connect to an HDTV's HDMI port and deliver video content from Amazon Prime Instant Video, as well as Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, YouTube, Spotify, Vevo, Pandora and A&E. It also can be used to play games.
Both, Amazon and Google’s streaming devices work on computers, smartphones and tablets.
New and existing Amazon Prime customers can pre-order the Fire TV Stick for US$19. The device officially will be released on Nov. 19 for $39, and it will ship with a remote control, and a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime and Netflix for newcomers to those services. The new Fire TV Stick reportedly offers the same experience as Amazon's Fire TV set-top box, which was released to the market in April for $99.
The Fire TV Stick, which is clearly Amazon's answer to Google's Chromecast, offers 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM, which is four times the internal storage and twice the memory of the Google product. The Fire TV Stick also features a Broadcom Capri 28155 dual-core processor, dual-band WiFi and dedicated VideoCore 4 GPU. The Fire TV Stick has six times as much processing power as the Roku Streaming Stick, according to Amazon.
Amazon's entry into the TV stick arena means greater competition, which could bring down prices of the already low-margin products even further. If you use Chrome, have an Android phone, and love YouTube, then Chromecast is probably for you. If, on the other hand, you are an Amazon Prime member, then the Fire TV Stick is a good choice, especially as it can currently be had for just $19.
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