Amazon has confirmed they’re to release new versions of the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
The Fire TV will become the first mainstream dedicated media device to offer Ultra HD video streaming services and, as well as offering their own platform to view video, the new Fire TV will also provide services from Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, and more.
Since launch, the Fire TV has become the number one best-selling Amazon device category, with Fire TV Stick quickly becoming Amazon’s fastest-selling product ever.
The new Amazon Fire TV is available for pre-order today for just £79.99 and will start shipping on 5th October. The Fire TV Stick, which now comes with a Voice Remote is also available for pre-order today for £44.99 and will start shipping 22nd October.
The new Amazon Fire TV provides access to more 4K Ultra HD - although there's no HDR - movies than any other streaming media player, with 4K content from Netflix, Amazon Video, and Prime Video. Already available in 4K are shows and movies from Amazon Video such as Transparent, Better Call Saul, American Hustle, and The Amazing Spiderman 2, as well as shows and movies such as Narcos, and Marvel’s Daredevil from Netflix.
“The team has packed an incredible amount of technology and innovation into a tiny package,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO. “The new Fire TV includes 4K support, more processing power, great selection, and exclusive features - for less than £80. The Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote brings voice search for less than £45. These are powerful devices at incredible prices.”
The new Amazon Fire TV is built to support High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). In the coming months, the new Amazon Fire TV will deliver more 1080p high-definition streams from Amazon Video than ever before with HEVC, which is also great news as the quality should go up.
The new Fire TV is packed with a MediaTek 64-bit quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU and features the latest standard in Wi-Fi technology - 802.11ac MIMO - which gives you faster throughput and longer range for better performance, even if your router is located in another part of the house. In addition to the 8GB of on-device storage, Amazon Fire TV now offers expandable storage via microSD card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage for downloaded apps and games.
There’s also an all-new optional Amazon Fire TV Game Controller which now includes voice search, an audio jack for private listening with Dolby enhancements, refined controls for a better gaming experience, and up to 90 hours of battery-life without headphones. The Game Controller is priced at £39.99.
Naturally, we’ll be getting one in for review as soon as possible.
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