Amazon announced Fire TV Stick Monday, a dongle that looks like Chromecast and costs $39. It will be sold at $19 for two days for those who are already Amazon Prime subscribers and to those who sign up for a new one.
The Fire TV Stick has MIMO Wi-Fi for better connectivity and a dedicated hardware remote. It boasts a dual-core processor, 8GB of local storage and 1GB of RAM.
It features Amazon’s ASAP streaming tech which helps in launching videos without buffer delay that usually occurs with other streaming services.
With the Stick you will have access to Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Twitch and a host of other services out of the box. And there is a Fire TV Remote app that allows users to use some kind of voice search introduced on the Fire TV with the Fire TV Stick. The app is available for Android phone, Fire phone and will be available for iPhone soon.
Amazon has included a free month of Prime membership. You can also add-on a Fire TV Voice Remote by adding $29.99 if you want to use voice search without an app.
The Fire TV Stick offers playback from Android and iOS tablets and smartphone devices for apps including Spotify and YouTube too. It also lets users mirror the Fire OS and Android devices entirely. It also offers X-Ray and Second Screen that provide supplementary content on mobile devices.
It appears as if Amazon might be the first company to offer serious competition to Chromecast in terms of both value and features.