Amazon announces Fire TV Stick – A Chromecast competitor
Things are starting to heat up as the race to steal the smart TV crown gains a new competitor. Back in April of this year, Amazon released the Fire TV, a device that competed directly with the Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV and a few others. Apparently Amazon has decided that the Fire TV wasn’t enough and has just announced the new Fire TV Stick.
Like the Chromecast, the Fire TV stick is a small dongle that plugs into an HDMI port on the back of your TV. The device has support from all of the major media providers such as Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, Showtime, YouTube, Pandora History channel, and of course Amazon Instant Video. In addition to just casting media to your TV, Amazon will offer a game controller similar to the full Fire TV. You will be able to play hundreds of games right on your Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV stick also claims to have 4x the storage and 2x the memory of the Chromecast. For people who aren’t interested in casting videos to the Fire Stick, Amazon will also be giving users the option to purchase a small remote control for an additional $29.
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can order the Fire TV Stick today for just $19. That’s right, only $19. This offer is only good until tomorrow. For everyone else, the device’s retail price is $39. Still not bad when you compare it to a Chromecast. For more info, or to pre-order your device, click here.