Stick Games: Amazon Takes on Google Chromecast, Roku27 Oct, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Amazon offering Fire TV stick to Prime members for $19 for 48 hours
Amazon Oct. 27 launched an HDMI-compatible stick version of its Fire TV streaming media device. The device enables televisions with HDMI inputs to receive over-the-top video via the Internet.
The world’s largest e-commerce site seven months ago launched Fire TV, a set-top streaming media player that joined industry pioneer Roku and Apple TV in the burgeoning device market.
The Fire TV stick emulates Google Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick in size, functionality and $39 price. It comes loaded with apps for Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Prime Music, Pandora, and Spotify, among others. All video services require separate subscriptions.
Amazon, which is selling the Fire TV stick to Prime members for $19 until Oct. 29, says the device has a dual-core processor, twice the memory of Chromecast, dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, and features ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), which predicts which movies and TV episodes a user wants to watch (based on recommendation history) and buffers them for playback prior to hitting play button.
Fire TV stick has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, voice search and 1080p HD video and immersive audio with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, among other features. It also has casual gaming titles such as Monsters University, Ski Safari and Flappy Birds Family.
“The team has packed an unbelievable amount of power and selection into an incredible price point,” CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement.