Amazon has fired off a salvo against Google's Chromecast and the Roku Stick with the just announced Fire TV Stick. The HDMI streaming video dongle is now available for pre-order for $39, with shipments beginning on November 19. However, current and new members of Amazon Prime can get the Fire TV Stick for just $19 for the next two days.
Amazon says that the UI of the Fire TV Stick is the same one used for its older Fire TV set top box. In addition to its own Amazon Prime Video service, it can access Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and many more video and audio services. As far as the hardware, Amazon says it has a "Dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB storage for fast and fluid navigation and instant search results" along with "dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with MIMO." It adds:
Fire TV Stick has 50% more processing power and 2x the memory of Chromecast; it has 6x the processing power, 2x the memory, and 32x the storage of Roku Streaming Stick—this results in faster and more fluid navigation, plus more storage for apps and games. It delivers stunning 1080p HD video and immersive audio with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. All of this power comes in an incredibly small package—Fire TV Stick is the size of a pack of gum.
Owners can get 30 days of free Amazon Prime service with the purchase of the Fire TV Stick. While it can be controlled with the free remote or the Amazon Fire TV Remote App for Android and Fire tablets, users who want a hardware remote with voice search can purchase the optional Fire TV Voice Remote for $29.99. Do you think the Fire TV Stick will be able to compete with similar video dongles?