NEWS: All new 4K HDR Fire TV costs just £69.99

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    1. hodg100

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      So, it's basically the old one but smaller and cheaper... So no need to upgrade?

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    3. Abacus

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      Depends on whether you want HDR and 60fps which the old one cannot do.

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    4. mtenga

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      Mustn't forget this is just the first of two devices expected this year. The other, the cube version, will include an Echo Dot built in and more impressive spec. I'm waiting for that one.
       
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      When is that expected?
       
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      This year or early next. It has not been announced yet but expected soon. Follow on AFTV News for the latest.
       
    7. Zaichik

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      I would happily replace my Shield with one of these if you could voice search all the streaming services at once, which the Shield doesn't (it only does Netflix and Google Play).
       
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      I have a first generation AFTV box, which doesn't output 4k. It looks like this new one will be better, especially for when I get a 4k TV. Is there a comparison between the 3 models anywhere?
       
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      All looks great apart from the removal of the internal Ethernet socket, you have to pay £13.99 for an external one. I know that this product is aimed at the masses who just like to use Wi-Fi but to get 4k content you are going to have to use a wired connection, all a bit strange really.
       
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      Nah.

      I use a 4K Gen two wirelessly in my bedroom, away from the router, and even there I have no trouble with 4K.
       
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      I'm sure this is just a replacement for the fire stick, bringing 4k support. Once released the existing stick will be discontinued.
       
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      No USB ports so even worse than the original one.
       
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      Why? You only need about 25mbps down to stream 4k. WiFi will do it no problem.

      I have one of these on order. Mainly to escape the crappy abandoned FirefoxOS I deal with now on my TV. The voice control stuff could be interesting. Looks like a decent option for the price. Being Amazon, easy to return if it doesn't work out. No brainer for me.
       
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      Also looks like a change in pricing policy from Amazon given that this is most likely the long term successor to the previous Fire Stick range but is £30 most expensive. Although that is probably just bringing it in line with the market as Chromecast Ultra is a similar price for 4k.
       
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      I'm not a big fan of plug-in bits. My existing Amazon box has the ethernet socket embedded, rather than needing an adapter. As I don't have any 4K-ready kit yet, I don't see any need to replace what I have unless what I have dies on me.

      I'm also not a fan of wi-fi only streaming. I know that it works for many, and in fact I have a FireTV stick on a bedroom TV and this generally works OK, but for me, glitch-free viewing can only really be guaranteed using an ethernet connection. Old skool? Maybe.

      It sounds like the second, bigger box may be worth waiting for in any event. Adding support for NowTV would be a nice touch, but that will be very unlikely I suspect, although that said, watching stuff on low-res NowTV is a non-starter for me. I can always dream that Sky will do the decent thing at some point and offer its content in 1080i/p resolution and with multi-channel audio. Sky giving their customers what they want -- that would be novel.


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      Does this new Amazon box support Dolby Vision?
       
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      NO.

      But I am hopeful the Cube that comes later might.
       
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      That is a shame - I was looking at this as a possible alternative to the new Apple 4k box.

      A killer feature for either box would be the ability to search for programs across Netflix, Amazon, etc.
       
    19. jon smith

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      They already do this in a fashion - if you search for something now it gives you option of watching on Amazon or Netflix (this was added a few months back). Stops you paying for something that is already on Netflix.
       
    20. Crazytactics

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      All very good but it’s (already) Apple 4k TV for me. Nothing against the fire stick. It would be good to see how they compare image quality wise.
       
    21. Dan201

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      Do we know which movies will be available in HDR from their service? I've not bought anything from Prime video before but it looks like movies are either HD or SD, no HDR mentioned.
       
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      And are those who made purchases getting a free upgrade? Does anyone actually buy anything on that service?
       
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      Sadly no Dolby Vision like the Chromecast Ultra. Great price though.
       
    24. tolmie

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      So stick this behind your tv and then have a stupid power lead running down, why o why.
       
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      If its a 5V device and you have a spare USB socket of the right amperage you might be able to power it from that. This is how I power my Chromecasts. No need to use the power supply.
       
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      Yes true ATV4k will have Dolby Vision soon enough
       
    27. tolmie

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      It doesn’t run properly without the power supply, Amazon recommend you use it. Done it with the old one.
       
    28. mtenga

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      Yes same as the hdr chromecast, you have to plug into the mains for full functionality.
       
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      I don't get it. People are raving about the AppleTV4, but it's not really any better than this, and in many ways worse, and way more expensive. Just because it has DV support, of which there is very little content, and not many with TV's who can play it back anyway. Other than that, it's Apple lock in time again. Nothing really new.
      As I've already got a 4k FTVv2, I know how good these things are, but reading the specs, there's no indication this v3 model has HDR10+ support, which Amazon are meant to be supporting. Maybe I'll have to wait for the 'cube' or whatever that turns out to be, and hope it does.
       
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      I kind of agree tbh. The problem with apple stuff is if you buy your content from them you forever have to rely on them making apple tv boxes and have apple products. This thing gives you at least a choice of amazon or google play I assume.

      I think amazon need to add in support for dv eventually though. Although I do admire apples 4k pricing policy for content so you can buy it at no extra cost from a 1080p version, and a free upgrade..
       

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