The company launched the $99 Fire TV in early April, which not only streams movies and TV shows, but also allows you to play games using an optional $39 controller.
The Fire TV goes head-to-head with devices like the Apple TV and the Roku 3; however, the company has a new, cheaper offering that may appeal to streamers on a budget. The new Fire TV stick is priced at just $39 and will provide some stiff competition to the Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick.
Unlike the Chromecast, the Fire TV Stick provides a full UI experience, mirroring that of the more expensive Fire TV. Although it doesn’t pack as much firepower as the Fire TV, the device does include a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and dual-band Wi-Fi. It will still be able to play games and you’ll be able to stream content through all of your favorite services including Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu Plus.
Fire TV Stick also one-ups the Chromecast by including a remote in the box, although it lacks a microphone for voice search. If you’d prefer the more feature-filled remote from the Fire TV, you’ll have to cough up an extra $29.99.
And perhaps the best news is for Amazon Prime customers (who isn’t a Prime subscriber those days); Amazon is offering the Fire TV Stick at $19 for two-days only. For $19, this is an impulse buy that may be hard to pass up.
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