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Amazon Fire TV () review: This is a step backward, even with 4K HDR

Amazon started streaming 4K HDR video way back in , and now it has a streaming device to match in the new Fire TV.

Assuming you have a 4K HDR television, the Fire TV streams crisper, more color-rich video for the same $70 price as Roku’s Streaming Stick+ and Google’s Chromecast Ultra. It’s also a bit faster than the p Fire TV Stick, which remains available for $

Despite the step forward on video quality, the new Fire TV suffers from some confounding design choices that make basic navigation a hassle. It also requires you to keep a separate remote on hand for TV volume and power, even as those controls become table stakes on other streaming players.

Because of those deficiencies, the Fire TV has regressed from its position as the best streaming device for most people. Instead, it’s only worthwhile for those who’ve invested heavily in the Amazon ecosystem.

Out with the box, in with the “pendant”

Although the new Fire TV inherits the name from Amazon’s now-discontinued set-top box, it hews a bit closer to the entry-level Fire TV Stick in design and performance. Instead of sitting on a TV stand, the new Fire TV is a pendant that hangs behind the TV on a short built-in HDMI cable. And like the Fire TV Stick, there are no ports for full-sized USB, microSD, or ethernet; if you want wired connectivity, you’ll need to buy Amazon’s $15 adapter.

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Performance floats between the Fire TV Stick and old Fire TV box, with twice the RAM of the former, but a slower processor than the latter. In practice this means the Fire TV runs smoothly most of the time, but will crawl through some more demanding apps. In PlayStation Vue, for instance, the interface lags a half-second behind each button press, and the channel guide needs time to load onto the screen as you scroll through. Even Amazon’s first-generation Fire TV box from does a better job.

The new Fire TV’s remote control, meanwhile, is exactly the same as Amazon’s other streamers, and that’s a problem. Amazon opted not to include an infrared emitter and TV control buttons on its remote, leaving the Fire TV with a clear disadvantage against the latest Roku Streaming Sticks and higher-end streamers like the Apple TV 4K and Nvidia Shield TV.

As for 4K HDR, it’s a nice perk for users with compatible TVs, allowing the screen to run at higher brightness levels without blowing out colors in bright scenes or ruining shadow detail in dark ones. Amazon helpfully highlights some of its own 4K HDR content on the Fire TV home screen—the opening scene to Sneaky Pete makes a great demo—and the Fire TV also supports 4K HDR in Netflix and YouTube. Still, Roku’s Streaming Stick+ delivers all the same 4K HDR apps for the same $ On its own, 4K HDR is not a differentiator for Amazon.

Wheat to chaff

Amazon’s Fire TV software is just as disappointing as the hardware, largely because it has so much potential.

Although the Fire TV used to have a reputation for prioritizing Amazon content above all else, that started to change a little over a year ago. Netflix and HBO gained their own rows on the home screen, and Amazon promised that other apps would follow. That hasn’t happened, as HBO and Netflix remain the only services with their own sections on the home screen. Amazon does offer a “Recommended By Your Apps” section, which aggregates content from more than apps into a single home screen row, but it’s too disorganized and there’s no way to customize it. (This feature seems to be based on a similar concept in Android TV, which Google is now trying to abandon.)

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Meanwhile, Amazon has cluttered up its home screen with all manners of uninvited content. Almost half the screen shows promotional content from apps you may not have, and two rows down is a banner ad that sometimes promotes non-video content such as automobiles.

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Scrolling further down, you’ll also find rows for apps to download, games to play, and movies to buy. There’s also a permanent row for Amazon Channels—a la carte video services you can add to any Prime membership—regardless of whether you’re subscribing to them or not.

Even the rows of apps near the top of the Fire TV home screen are an example of bloat, with one row for customizable favorites, and another for recent content. Although the recents row can technically include individual TV shows and movies, as opposed to just apps, Amazon is the only video source that feeds into this. And because your favorite apps will also probably be the ones you use the most, you’ll often be staring at two rows of largely duplicate tiles.

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And that’s all before you move beyond the home screen and into the Fire TV’s subsections for Your Videos, Movies, TV Shows, and Apps. While Amazon’s goal of pulling content out of individual apps has merit, the execution has so little organization, and so much unnecessary cruft, that it’s not particularly useful in practice. Everything just needs to be much simpler.

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Alexa falls behind

Voice search is supposed to be the Fire TV’s saving grace. Thanks to Amazon’s Alexa assistant, you can look for movies and TV shows, stream music, control smart home devices, and ask for general information such as the weather forecast. You don’t even need a remote in some cases, since Amazon’s Echo speakers can control playback and launch certain videos with hands-free voice commands.

But along the way, Amazon’s forgotten to expand upon the basics. Although Alexa handles titles, actors, and directors without issue, advanced searches such as “new comedy movies” and “90s TV shows” yielded a lot of results that merely had those keywords in their titles or descriptions. (In one instance, “show me classic James Bond movies” returned only a single result: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.) Service-specific searches such as “comedies on Netflix” didn’t work either, and Alexa is incapable of dealing with follow-up searches to filter its results.

The Fire TV is capable of launching directly into specific movies or shows with a voice command, but this only works with Amazon Video for now. (Several other services pledge to support this in the future.) Both Apple TV and Google Assistant on Nvidia Shield TV are way out in front on all counts, and it’s embarrassing.

With all of these complaints in mind, who is the Fire TV actually for? One group might be folks who’ve bought heavily into Amazon Channels, since having all of that content directly on the home screen could be convenient. The other group—unpleasant as this might be for Amazon—consists of folks who see the Fire TV as an inexpensive way to sideload Android apps such as Kodi, and all the morally dubious add-ons that it enables.

In those cases, the new Fire TV provides a pleasing performance boost over the Fire TV Stick, and long-awaited support for 4K HDR video. Everyone else ought to stay away.

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  • Cheap UltraHD streaming gets weighed down by a cluttered interface, middling voice search, and a lack of hardware innovation.


    • 4K HDR streaming at a low price
    • More powerful than the Fire TV Stick
    • Hands-free voice controls via Alexa devices are a nice perk


    • No TV controls on the remote
    • The interface is a bloated, ad-ridden mess
    • Alexa is less helpful than other TV voice assistants

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Fire TV Device Specifications: Overview

Fire TV device specifications for all models are provided here. The specifications provide more detail than the product pages on Amazon.com, as they're intended for developers building apps rather than for consumers. The Fire TV device family includes the following types of devices.

Smart TV

Smart TV

Refers to smart TVs with Fire TV built directly into the TV hardware. The TVs are usually from third-party manufacturers partnering with Amazon and are often country-specific.



Fire TV has come to automobiles! Features include both remote and touch capabilities, as well as options for downloading content.

Fire TV Cube

Fire TV Cube

Refers to the cube form-factor of Fire TV devices, which offer far-field control with Alexa requests (no need to push a mic button on the remote). A blend of Fire TV and Echo.

Fire TV Streaming Media Player

Fire TV Streaming Media Player

Refers to Amazon Fire TV devices that are a stick, pendant (small box hanging from a USB cable), or set-top box.

Fire TV Soundbar

Fire TV Soundbar

Refers to Fire TV devices that are in the form of a soundbar. These soundbars connect to your existing smart TV and deliver a rich sound system as well.

Each of the above Fire TV devices is described in more detail below.


Smart TV

Most smart TVs are manufactured by other companies, such as Toshiba, Insignia, Element, JVC, Grundig, etc. These third-party manufacturers incorporate Fire TV as the operating system for the TV. Many of the smart TVs are available only in certain marketplaces.


Refers to Fire TV devices for automobiles. These devices work with a remote or touch, and have the ability to download content.

Fire TV Cube

Fire TV Cube is the only Fire TV device offering complete far-field control. Fire TV Cube has two generations:

Fire TV Streaming Media Player

Fire TV Streaming Media Players consist of the stick, pendant, and set-top boxes. Each design line has different generations.

Fire TV Edition Soundbar

Refers to Fire TV devices that are in the form of a soundbar. These soundbars connect to your existing smart TV and deliver a rich sound system as well. As with Smart TVs, the soundbars are usually manufactured by third-party device makers.

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  • TCL Soundbar with Built-in Subwoofer - Fire TV Edition ()
  • Tip: If you're trying to figure out which Fire TV device you have and the above doesn't help, see Which Fire TV Device Do I Have? in the Fire TV Devices Help section on the Amazon retail site. You can also download an app called Informer to gather these details. (Note that Informer is a third-party app not affiliated with Amazon.)

    Last updated: Sep 23,

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    Amazon Fire TV () review: everything but the content

    Amazon made a big splash when it announced the new $70 Fire TV. It’s a tiny powerhouse of a media streamer, with a GHz dual-core processor, support for 4K HDR streaming, and Dolby Atmos support. (There’s no Dolby Vision HDR, however.) It felt like a direct shot at the new $ Apple TV 4K, and in practice, it’s definitely the closest competitor to Apple’s box, with a polished interface and tight Alexa integration that Roku boxes can’t really match. But as usual, specs don’t tell the whole story here.


    Following the general trend in media streamers, the new Fire TV has gone from a large external box to a dongle that plugs directly into your TV. (Confusingly, both the old and new devices are simply called “Fire TV.”) The black square is oriented like a diamond, with the HDMI plug coming off a corner and a Micro USB plug for power recessed into the opposite corner. It’s all perfectly blank, save for the Amazon logo; there’s no power LED or status lights, which I would have appreciated during setup.

    The new Fire TV is also larger and weightier than competing 4K HDR dongles like the Chromecast Ultra. I wouldn’t say it’s heavy, but it’s definitely substantial — enough so that I worried about the weight pulling against the HDMI ports on my TV and receiver. Amazon told me it was tested on a variety of TVs, and it’s well within the HDMI spec for connector strength, but if I was installing it permanently I’d think about holding it up with some Velcro or tape to be safe.

    The included remote is pretty basic, but it’s also nicely sized and far more intuitive and user-friendly than the Apple TV remote. I do wish the button to activate Alexa and the home button were flipped — I constantly pushed the Alexa button when I wanted to go home — and the lack of volume controls on the remote is inexcusable. Amazon says some TV remotes can control the Fire TV over HDMI-CEC and Harmony remotes that support Bluetooth work, but the included remote is the only remote that has an Alexa microphone. You’re going to end up having two remotes on the table one way or the other. Roku just updated most of its remotes to deal with this issue. I have no idea why anyone thinks volume is an acceptable omission from a TV device remote.


    Amazon is all-in on Alexa, and the new Fire TV is no exception: it’s full-on Alexa device like the Echo, and you can control the Fire TV with other Alexa devices like the Echo Dot.

    If you have just a single Fire TV, the pairing process with an Echo is delightfully simple: you don’t have to do anything. You get everything set up on the same network and simply ask Alexa to do something TV-related, like “Play Transparent.” Alexa will discover and pair to the Fire TV, and you’re off and running. If you have more than once Alexa device and more than one Fire TV, you can use the Alexa app to pair them up as you wish.

    Using Alexa on the TV worked great, but there’s some basic stuff it can’t do, like set timers or change the TV volume. Integration with my Echo Dot was also hit-or-miss: “Play Transparent” worked consistently, but I could never get “Play Lore” to actually play the show. Instead, Alexa played a song called “Lore” from Spotify on the tinny Echo Dot speaker.

    And while Alexa on the Fire TV itself can deep search for content, other Alexa devices can’t, so “Play Mindhunter” and “Play Mindhunter on Netflix” both failed when I tried it with my Echo Dot. The first showed me a show called Hunter, and the second resulted in Alexa saying “I couldn’t find a device called Netflix.”

    This is the same sort of assistant fragmentation that plagues Siri on the Apple TV and iOS devices, and it’s just as annoying here. But having my entire home theater light up and play a show just by talking to my Echo Dot was a revelation. It’s way ahead of anything else on the market.

    Google Assistant can do something similar with a Chromecast, but having an actual user interface made the Fire TV experience far superior: you can actually see what it’s doing, and it feels like it’s actually responding to you. It’s great. Integrating TV into a smart home setup is usually one of the hardest pieces of the puzzle, but the new Fire TV makes it dead-simple if you’re an Alexa user.

    Speaking of the interface, it’s easily the closest competitor to the Apple TV out there. It’s smooth, it’s polished, apps feel well-integrated, and everything runs quickly on the dual-core processor. It’s well ahead of the Roku, and only behind the Apple TV in extremely minor ways. For example, Apple makes every app use its (terrible) tvOS keyboard, but Netflix and YouTube on the Fire TV use their own distinct keyboards. You won’t notice unless you’re looking. For $70, it’s definitely good enough to make the $ Apple TV 4K and Nvidia Shield seem overpriced.

    (Not quite) all of the lights

    Of course, the big upgrade for the new Fire TV 4K is HDR and Dolby Atmos audio support — but it’s not what you might expect.

    First of all, Amazon’s catalog of 4K HDR movies is far smaller than its competitors. Apple’s upgrading iTunes purchases across its catalog to 4K HDR for free, and Roku owners can use Vudu, which offers virtually every new movie in 4K HDR but isn’t available on the Fire TV. I bought Wonder Woman, Baby Driver, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 4K Dolby Vision from Vudu and synced them across platforms with the new Movies Anywhere service, but they all played in p on the Fire TV, and none of them were available to otherwise buy or rent in 4K HDR.

    That limited movie catalog means you’ll be mostly watching streaming TV in 4K HDR on the Fire TV: Amazon shows like Transparent and The Grand Tour, and Netflix stuff like Glow and Jessica Jones. YouTube also supports 4K HDR on the Fire TV, which is a plus over the Apple TV.

    There’s also precisely zero content available with Atmos on the Fire TV right now. Movies that have Atmos soundtracks on other services, like Baby Driver, simply play back in Dolby Digital Plus on the Fire TV. Amazon tells me that the hardware supports Atmos and that it expects app support to be added over time, but right now it’s just not there.

    It’s also worth noting that the Fire TV only supports HDR10, not the higher-quality Dolby Vision HDR standard. If you’re like me and you’re looking to light up both the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos lights on your home theater setup, this isn’t the box for you.

    On the plus side, Amazon has figured out how to mix Alexa’s voice into a Dolby Digital Plus stream, which Apple hasn’t sorted out how to do with Siri on the Apple TV. And the Fire TV doesn’t run in HDR mode all the time and make regular video look strange like the Apple TV 4K. It runs in 60Hz 4K and switches to HDR as necessary, which worked just fine on my LG OLED TV and the cheap-o Samsung 4K HDR set in our office.

    Basically, if you spend the majority of your time watching TV, you’ll be fine. But if you’re looking for the ultimate movie streaming device, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

    The new Fire TV checks almost every box you’d want in a modern media streamer: it’s small, it’s fast, it’s relatively inexpensive, and it has a powerful voice assistant tied into a beautiful interface. And it’s extremely cool to connect an Echo device to your TV. (The entire industry should take a page from Amazon’s playbook here.)

    But none of that matters if the content isn’t there, and Amazon just doesn’t have a large enough library of 4K HDR movies, or anything at all that supports Atmos. It’s all the right specs without enough content that can take advantage of it, and you can make different trade-offs and get more stuff to watch.

    The $ Apple TV has a huge 4K HDR library with the cheapest movie prices, but doesn’t support Atmos and is far more expensive upfront. The new $70 Roku Streaming Stick Plus has a far less polished interface, but it supports both HDR10 and Atmos, has access to Amazon’s shows, and has a Vudu app with a large catalog of 4K HDR movies. The $70 Chromecast Ultra supports both Atmos and Dolby Vision, but you’ll have to deal with using a Chromecast. The $ Nvidia Shield offers endless configuration options, and has a devoted and vocal following among power users.

    That might seem like a lot of choices, but I think it’s exciting. Honestly, these things are getting cheap enough that you could spend $70 on the Fire TV now with the full expectation that you’ll upgrade again in a year or two, and if you’re excited about Alexa it might be worth it. But I would stay tuned for our Roku review next week.

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    Fastest 4K Streaming Device - Apple TV, Nvidia Shield, Amazon Fire TV Cube or Amazon Firestick 4K

    The fact there are several video streamers fighting for your TV’s HDMI ports is hardly novel - they have been battling it out for almost a decade (no, we can’t believe it’s been that long either).

    But what is new is their recent support of 4K and HDR video technologies. The new Apple TV 4K (£), Roku’s Streaming Stick+ (£80) and Google’s Chromecast Ultra (£70) all combine support for both - and so does Amazon’s latest Fire TV 4K.

    While its predecessor supported 4K video at 30 frames-per-second, the new model takes that to 60fps and adds support for both HDR10 and Dolby Atmos. It also comes with the latest Alexa voice control remote.

    It’s the same one as bundled with Amazon’s basic streamer, the Fire TV Stick (£40) - but that is limited to p streaming, without HDR or Atmos, and has less processing power and memory.

    Claiming to be 40 per cent more powerful than the Stick, the new Fire TV 4K also has a GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

    MORE: Apple TV 4K review


    But what’s most noticeable about the new Fire TV 4K is its design. Amazon has taken a page out of the Google Chromecast Ultra’s design book by ditching the traditional box seen on the last-gen Fire TV and opting for a dongle form instead.

    A small square box (imagine two matchboxes side-by-side) is attached to a dangling HDMI cable, which is bendy for flexible positioning around the back of a telly.

    It may be a little chunkier than its Google and Roku rivals, but it’s also fairly lightweight and shouldn’t be much of a burden on your TV’s HDMI socket once plugged in.

    The glossy finish is a magnet for fingerprints, and we’d like some power or indicator lights for reassurance - but as it can be handled once, plugged into a TV and then forgotten about, the compact dimensions matter more.

    Power is via a micro-USB slot (the only other connection) and the supplied USB mains adapter.

    We try powering it through one of the USB ports on the Samsung QE65Q7F TV we are testing it with instead - but operation is slower, and it struggles to stream in 4K.


    The Fire TV 4K’s operation is almost seamless. Upon initial start-up, it walks you through downloading apps by category – from video and music to news and sport – and there’s a short video tutorial for newcomers to the service.

    We find the built-in dual-band wi-fi to be stable throughout, although you can purchase an ethernet adapter (from Amazon, naturally) for £

    The Fire TV opts for HDR10 over Dolby Vision (the Apple TV 4K has both), which is a shame for the early adopters of Vision. It does mean 4K and HDR content across Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube is all in reach.

    MORE: Dolby Vision HDR – everything you need to know

    When we reviewed the last-gen Fire TV box in , it was the only streamer brand with both Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

    But now its rivals have caught up – Roku’s latest streamers have both, and the Apple TV 4K will have following an update – and, with the two apps present on most and smart TVs from the Big Four, Amazon no longer has an edge.

    In fact, with Apple now also offering exclusive 4K HDR content through its iTunes service, the Amazon Fire TV 4K is somewhat lagging behind.

    Still, it has a good selection of movies and its own original TV shows, both as part of Prime and for rent. And, 4K and HDR aside, it boasts the full suite of UK catch-up TV apps - which is more than we can say for the Apple box.

    We are a little disappointed at the omission of Sky’s Now TV service, though, as that would complete the Fire TV 4K’s app offering. As for music streaming apps, there’s Amazon Music and Spotify, but not Tidal or Apple Music.

    Where Amazon could pip its rivals is with Dolby Atmos content. However, while the Fire TV 4K supports it from a hardware point of view, there’s no Atmos content accessible on it right now.

    Netflix is the only streaming service offering (limited) Atmos content, and the app supporting the audio codec is currently only built into LG’s TV range (and Microsoft's latest Xbox games console).

    Those with Dolby Atmos speaker packages or soundbars will have to sit tight.

    MORE: Dolby Atmos – What is it? How can you get it?


    Thankfully, wait times elsewhere are essentially non-existent, with Amazon's new Fire TV interface responsive and easy to navigate.

    It’s just as familiar and full-on. The home menu is still a fully-fledged Amazon Prime Video assault we imagine only subscribers of the service will happily endure – especially as a banner for sponsored content is now displayed across the top.

    There are sub-menus for ‘4K Ultra HD TV’ and ‘HDR TV Shows’ (as an increasing percentage of Amazon Original Series are now shot in 4K HDR) sitting alongside the usual suspects: ‘Amazon Originals’ and ‘Featured Apps and Games’, for example.

    The search is easier now, thanks to voice control. By long-pressing the microphone button on the remote control, you can take advantage of most of Alexa's commands – including ordering pizza and getting a weather forecast.

    MORE: What is 4K Ultra HD TV? Everything you need to know

    There are Fire TV-specific functions too. For example, you can find specific content by saying its name, or those of the directors or actors in it. You can also launch apps and find music on Amazon Music – although not Spotify, as you can with the Echo and Dot speakers.

    Alexa’s services don’t extend to setting alarms and timers or performing Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging, either - and you can’t control TV volume with your voice.

    Still, you can take control of other smart home devices within the ever-widening Alexa ecosystem, from lightbulbs to thermostats. If you own an Amazon Echo speaker and have lost the remote, you can control the Fire TV 4K using the Echo instead.


    The Amazon Fire TV 4K won’t be for everyone. With its performance being on a par with those of the apps built into Samsung TVs, it doesn't offer anything new to those with a newer TV.

    Non-Amazon Prime Video subscribers may prefer more objective platforms, such as Roku’s, and there’s nothing to tempt loyal Now TV subscribers either.

    Of course, if you’re not fussed about upgrading to 4K and HDR video streaming, or Dolby Atmos surround sound, just yet, you should probably consider saving some pennies with the Fire TV Stick.

    However, for people with televisions that are a few years old but have compatible , HDCP certified HDMI inputs for 4K passthrough from a 4K streamer (but are missing such comprehensive app support), the Fire TV 4K could be exactly what they need.

    It’s an affordable way to introduce the 4K and HDR streaming content available (apart from Apple’s iTunes) without having to hand over more than twice as much for the Apple TV 4K box.

    Alexa integration proves to be this Fire TV’s biggest and most useful selling point and, while Dolby Atmos support isn’t much of an exclusive right now, it alone could attract an audience if the content arrives before the next wave of streamers arrive.

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    Tv box fire 2017

    Amazon Fire TV

    Line of digital media player and microconsoles by Amazon

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    Amazon Fire TV with remote (first generation)

    TypeDigital media player, microconsole
    Release date
    • USA: April 12,
    • DEU: September 25, [5]
    • UK: October 23, [5]
    • JPN: October 28,
    • IND: April 19, [6]
    • CAN: October 31, [7]
    • FRA: September 5, [8]
    • ESP: September 5, [8]
    • ITA: September 5, [8]
    • MEX: September 23, [9]
    • BRA: September 23, [9]
    • AU: September 23, [9]
    Introductory priceUS$99[10]
    Operating systemOriginal:Fire OS 5 "Bellini"[1]
    Current: Fire OS 7
    System on a chipQualcommSnapdragon APQT[2]
    MediaTek MTC (2nd Gen)
    CPUQualcomm Krait , quad-core up to &#;GHz (1st generation)[2]
    dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 up to 2&#;GHz and dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 up to &#;GHz (2nd generation)
    Memory2&#;GB LPDDR2RAM[2]
    Storage8&#;GB internal[2]
    Displayp and 4K[2]
    GraphicsQualcomm Adreno (1st Gen)[2]
    PowerVRGX (2nd Gen)[4]
    SoundDolby Digital Plus surround sound[2]
    ConnectivityHDMI, Bluetooth , Bluetooth , USB , Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), 10/ Ethernet, Fire game controller[2]
    Power&#;mm DC[2] (&#;V &#;A power adapter[3])
    Current firmware
    Dimensions&#;×&#;&#;×&#;&#;mm (&#;×&#;&#;×&#;&#;in)[2]
    Mass&#;g (&#;oz)[2]
    Related articlesRoku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nvidia Shield TV, Ouya
    Amazon Fire TV at a retail store in Canada.

    Amazon Fire TV (stylized as amazon fireTV) is a line of digital media players and microconsoles developed by Amazon.[11][12][13] The devices are small network appliances that deliver digital audio and video content streamed via the Internet to a connected high-definition television. They also allow users to access local content and to play video games with the included remote control or another game controller, or by using a mobile app remote control on another device.

    The device is available in two form factors, set-top box and HDMI plug-in stick with, in general, lesser specifications than the contemporaneous boxes.[11] The current set-top box model is the Fire TV Cube with embedded Amazon Echosmart speaker (which effectively replaced the Fire TV box model[14][15]), while the stick form factor encompasses three models, the entry-level Fire TV Stick Lite, the standard Fire TV Stick, and the high-end Fire TV Stick 4K (the last of which effectively replaced the third-generation Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD "pendant"[16][17][18]).[19]

    The first-generation Fire TV device was unveiled on April 2, The second-generation version was released in , with additional Fire TV devices released on regular basis since.

    In March , Amazon began collaborating with television set manufacturers to include the Amazon Fire OS and Fire TV interface built-in with televisions sold to the public, labeled as Fire TV Edition.[20][21][22][23] In September , Amazon extended the use of the Fire TV brand to the Fire TV Recast, an over-the-air televisiondigital video recorder exclusively for viewing use with Fire TV and Amazon Echo Show devices.[24]

    Fire TV hardware[edit]

    Original model[edit]

    First generation[edit]

    The first Fire TV was made available for purchase in the US on the same day of the April announcement for US$99 and was launched with a video game called Sev Zero.[10] Codenamed "Bueller", after the eponymous character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off,[25][26] it offered HDMI audio, with support for Dolby Digital Plus surround sound pass-through, if the user's Internet bandwidth was sufficient. According to Amazon, the Fire TV was designed to outpace competitors like the Apple TV and Roku in performance: the inch-thick box featured a &#;GHz quad-core CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon ), 2&#;GB of RAM and 8&#;GB of internal storage, along with a MIMOdual-band radio for p streaming over a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and a 10/ Ethernet connection and USB port. Included with the box is a Bluetoothremote control with a microphone for voice search.

    The company said that it did not intend the Fire TV to compete with gaming consoles; instead, its gaming capabilities were geared toward people who did not already own a console but may play games on a smartphone or tablet. It has a dedicated controller accessory.[1]

    Second generation[edit]

    Amazon released a second-generation Fire TV, codenamed "Sloane",[25] after the film love interest of Ferris Bueller,[27] in late This version had 4K resolution support,[28] improved processor performance, and a MediaTek C chipset to support H (HEVC), VP8, and VP9 codecs. Wireless hardware upgrades included 4K capable, a dual-band a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth [29][23] It was effectively replaced with the Fire TV Cube.[14]

    Third generation[edit]

    The third-generation Fire TV, also known as the Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote, was released in It eschewed the previous set-top box design for a small, diamond-shaped "pendant" reminiscent of the Fire TV Stick, which plugs directly into a television set's HDMI port and can be hung from a short HDMI extender cable. It contained a slower processor but more RAM than the second-generation Fire TV, and also had support for 4K resolution streaming, Dolby Atmos, and HDR[30][31] Production was discontinued in in favor of the Fire TV Stick 4K.[16]

    Fire TV Cube[edit]

    First generation[edit]

    The Fire TV Cube was released in June It is similar in function to the third-generation Fire TV, but also includes embedded Alexa functionality similar to the Amazon Echosmart speaker line, and can use HDMI-CEC and an IR blaster to control other devices with voice commands. As its voice functionality is integrated into the device itself, the Fire TV Cube does not include the voice remote.[32][33] The device uses a &#;GHz quad-core ARM 4xCA53 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB storage.[34]

    Second generation[edit]

    A second-generation model was unveiled in September , featuring a hexa-core processor, "Local Voice Control" (which allows client-side recognition of common voice commands to improve response time), and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+.[35][36] It supports 4K output.

    Fire TV Stick[edit]

    First generation Fire-TV Stick with remote (without voice search)
    First generation Fire-TV Stick with remote (without voice search, codenamed "Inigo"[25])

    First generation[edit]

    On November 19, , Amazon released its Fire TV Stick, a smaller dongle version of the Fire TV that plugs into an HDMI port. Codenamed "Montoya",[25] it retains much of the functionality of the larger Fire TV.[37] It has 1&#;GB of RAM, 8&#;GB of internal storage, weighs &#;oz (26&#;g), and it uses a Broadcom BCM &#;GHz Cortex-A9 processor and a Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU. Wireless hardware includes a dual-band a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth [23][38] The Fire TV Stick is bundled with a remote control, in either of two variants: one with Alexa voice search and one without Alexa.

    Second generation[edit]

    Second generation Fire-TV Stick with Alexa remote (with voice search)
    Second generation Fire-TV Stick with Alexa remote (with voice search)

    On October 20, , Amazon released the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, codenamed "Tank".[25][39] Other than the new remote, the updates include MediaTek MTD Quad-core ARM &#;GHz processor with a Mali MP4 GPU, and support for the H (HEVC) codec. Wireless hardware upgrades includes a dual-band a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth [23] It retains the 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage and weighs slightly more at &#;oz (31&#;g).[40][non-primary source needed]

    In January , the second-generation Fire TV Stick was re-issued with the updated remote from the 4K model.[30]

    Third generation[edit]

    In October , two third-generation Fire TV Stick models were released. The Fire TV Stick model includes a remote with TV control buttons where the Fire TV Stick Lite model's remote does not include TV controls. Both models include similar internal hardware as the Fire TV Stick 4K, except for a maximum output resolution of p and only 1 GB of RAM. In , the third-generation Fire TV Stick was re-issued with an updated remote "3rd Gen Alexa Voice Remote".[41]

    Fire TV Stick 4K[edit]

    In October , Amazon unveiled the Fire TV Stick 4K, codenamed "Mantis", which succeeded the third-generation Fire TV.[42] It is upgraded to a &#;GHz quad-core processor and supports 4K output, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and hardware-accelerated MPEG-2 decoding. It also includes an updated voice remote that contains an infrared emitter and buttons for controlling TV power and volume (which can also be controlled with voice commands). The remote is backward compatible with previous Fire TV models, and also sold separately as an upgrade.[43][44]

    Fire TV Stick 4K Max[edit]

    The Fire Stick TV 4K Max is a product that released on October 7th, [45] It includes the updated 3rd gen Alexa Voice remote, and has Wi-FI 6 support.IT had a GHz processor, a MHz GPU, and 2 GB of RAM. It also has Dolby Atmos support.

    Fire TV Edition[edit]

    Fire TV Edition is the product name applied to smart television sets produced by major television manufacturers that include Amazon Fire OS and the Fire TV interface, licensed from Amazon.[22] They offer basic live television program information and minimal recording capabilities.[21][22] Fire TV Edition television models are available from Best Buy's house brand Insignia, Toshiba (in U.S. and Canadian markets), and JVC and Grundig (in European markets).[22]

    Fire TV Recast[edit]

    The Fire TV Recast is a digital video recorder that works with an over-the-air antenna to record shows for later viewing on a Fire TV or an Amazon Echo Show device.[24] It is designed for use with over-the-air TV services and is a part of the cord-cutting movement. It was announced in September


    The Fire TV series runs Fire OS,[46] which is derived from Android Open Source Project source code.[47] It supports voice commands via either a remote control with an embedded microphone, or integrated microphones inside the device (as is the case of the Fire TV Cube), and can also be controlled with Alexa via Amazon Echosmart speakers. The devices support various Amazon-owned services, including Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, Amazon Music, Amazon Luna, IMDb TV, as well as other major third-party services such as MyCanal (France only), Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, Dailymotion, TED, MX Player, Curiosity Stream, ZEE5, Hulu, Hotstar, Movies Anywhere, Niconico, AbemaTV, Eros Now, YuppTV, Red Bull TV, Philo, AMC+, Discovery+, Disney+, Star+ (Latin America only), Paramount+, BET+, Showtime, Noggin, Voot, Pluto TV, Ameba TV, Toon Goggles, Yippee TV, Vimeo, Shahid, Frndly TV, Tubi, Fox Now, Fox Nation, Viki, Sling TV, HBO Max, DirecTV Stream, Vudu, Peacock, NBC Sports Gold, Xumo, Hayu, Xfinity Stream, Craftsy, 9Now (Australia only), Stan (Australia only), Videoland (Netherlands only), BritBox, Hallmark Movies Now, the Bally Sports app, Stirr, Shudder, Mubi, Crave (Canada only), RiverTV (Canada only), Allblk, Acorn TV, BBC iPlayer (UK only), ITV Hub (UK only), STV Player (UK only), All 4 (UK and Ireland only), My5 (UK only), NOW (UK, Ireland and Italy only), UKTV Play (UK and Ireland only), FuboTV, DAZN, FITE TV, FloSports, ALTBalaji, Sun NXT, Aha, TVFPlay, Hoichoi, Plex, the Apple TV app, FunimationNow, Wakanim, VRV, Crunchyroll, Crackle, Pure Flix, SonyLIV (Indo-Pacific only), Popcornflix, the NFL TV app, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Tidal, Qello, Audacy and others via Amazon Appstore.[31][46][48][49][50][51]

    The "X-Ray" feature allows users to view contextual information related to Prime Video content (such as biographies of actors and other trivia), using face recognition, music recognition, and IMDb data.[52]


    Model Fire TV
    Fire TV Stick Fire TV
    Fire TV Stick Fire TV
    Fire TV Cube Fire TV Stick 4K Fire TV Cube Fire TV Stick Fire TV Stick 4K Max
    Model generation 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 1st[54]2nd 3rd 1st
    Release date April 12, November 19, September 29, October 20, October 25, June 21, October 31, October 10, September 30, October 7,
    Status Discontinued Current
    OS [57]Fire OS 5 Fire OS 6 Fire OS 7
    Android Version [57] 9
    System Version [57] [58]
    CPU Maker QualcommBroadcomMediaTekAmlogicMediaTekAmlogicMediaTek
    Family Snapdragon Quad-coreARM big.LITTLEARM Cortex-A53ARM Cortex-A73
    Cores 4x Krait @ GHz2x ARM Cortex-A9 @ &#;GHz 2x ARM Cortex-A72 @ 2&#;GHz and 2x ARM Cortex-A53 @&#;GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A7 @ &#;GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ &#;GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A53 @GHz[61]4x ARM Cortex-A73 @ &#;GHz and 2x ARM Cortex-A53 @&#;GHz 4x ARM Cortex-A53 @GHz[62]4x ARM Cortex-A53 @GHz
    Widthbitbitbit bit bit bit
    Application Binary Interface (ABI) bit
    GPU Designer Qualcomm Broadcom Imagination TechnologiesARM Imagination Technologies ARM Imagination Technologies
    Family AdrenoVideoCore IV PowerVRMali PowerVR Mali PowerVR
    Model Capri VC4 GX MP4 MP3 IMG GE G52 MP2 IMG GE IMG GE
    OpenGL ES
    Vulkan n/a n/a n/a ???
    OpenCL embedded profile n/a n/a ???
    Hardware Decode Support[23]MPEG-4, H, H MPEG-4, H, H, H, VP8, VP9 MPEG-4, H, H, H MPEG-4, H, H, VP9 MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H, H, H, VP8, VP9 MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H, H, H, VP8, VP9, AV1
    RAM2&#;GB LPDDR21&#;GB LPDDR2 (&#;MB system, &#;MB video) 2&#;GB LPDDR31&#;GB LPDDR32&#;GB &#;GB DDR4 2&#;GB DDR4 1&#;GB DDR4 2&#;GB DDR4
    Storage Internal 8&#;GB NAND Flash16 GB 8 GB 16 GB 8 GB
    External USB up to &#;GB No Up to &#;GB microSDXCNo Micro USB No Micro USB No
    MicrophoneMic button on remote No Mic button on remote
    NetworkingEthernetRJ45, 10/&#;Mbit/s USB-to-RJ45 adapter (separate)[63]RJ45, 10/&#;Mbit/s USB-to-RJ45 adapter (separate) USB-to-RJ45 adapter (included) USB-to-RJ45 adapter (separate) USB-to-RJ45 adapter (included) USB-to-RJ45 adapter (separate)
    HID, SPP Profiles
    HID, SPP Profiles
    HID, HFP, SPP profiles
    A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HID, IOPT profiles
    Bluetooth + LE
    Bluetooth Bluetooth + LE
    Wi-FiDual-band &#;a/b/g/n
    2x2 MIMO
    Dual-band &#;a/b/g/n/ac
    2x2 MIMO dual-antenna
    Dual-band &#;a/b/g/n/ac/ax
    2x2 MIMO dual-antenna
    Dimensions &#;mm x &#;mm x &#;mm&#;mm x &#;mm x &#;mm&#;mm x &#;mm x &#;mm
    " x " x "
    &#;mm x &#;mm x &#;mm
    " x " x "
    &#;mm x &#;mm x &#;mm
    ” x ” x ”
    &#;mm x &#;mm x &#;mm
    ” x ” x ”
    &#;mm x 30&#;mm x 14&#;mm&#;mm x &#;mm x &#;mm
    ” x ” x ”
    &#;mm x 30&#;mm x 14&#;mm
    Power Supply &#;V, &#;A, 16&#;W, DC 5&#;V, 1&#;A, 5&#;W, DC 15&#;V, &#;A, 21&#;W, DC 5&#;V, 1&#;A, 5&#;W, DC &#;V, &#;A, 9&#;W, DC &#;V, 1&#;A, 5&#;W, DC[64]12&#;V, &#;A, 15&#;W, DC &#;V, 1&#;A, 5&#;W, DC
    Power Plug &#;mm (outer) x &#;mm (inner) (Coaxial power connector) USB micro-B Cable and USB A-Type Power source 3&#;mm (outer) x 1&#;mm (inner) USB micro-B Cable and USB A-Type Power source USB micro-B Cable and USB A-Type Power source 4&#;mm (outer) x &#;mm (inner) USB micro-B Cable and USB A-Type Power source


    Dan Seifert from The Verge reviewed Fire TV on April 4, , giving it an /10 rating and largely praising its functionality and future potential.[65][66] Dave Smith from ReadWrite wrote, "Fire TV aims to be the cure for what ails TV set-top boxes."[67] GeekWire editor Andy Liu's review is headlined "Amazon's Fire TV sets a new bar for streaming boxes."[68]Ars Technica praised the device for specifications that surpassed competitors, good build quality, and a microphone works very well if you use Amazon content. The reviewer disliked the fact that its media browser puts Amazon content in the front, which makes other applications less convenient to use, limited game selection with many games not optimized, and only GB of free space, which limits the number of games that can be installed.[69]

    Main competitors[edit]

    Some notable competitors include Roku, Apple TV, Nvidia Shield TV and Chromecast.

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    External links[edit]

    Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Fire_TV
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    Update: The Amazon Fire TV is no longer on sale from Amazon. The closest match is the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, or its cheaper HD alternative, the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Or, for a Fire TV device that can stream video AND act as the centre of your smart home,  you'll want the Amazon Fire TV Cube (currently only available in the US).

    Otherwise read on for our review of the Amazon Fire TV

    If you haven't jumped onto the smart TV bandwagon just yet, and you'd still like to access quality content from streaming platforms, Amazon Fire TV could be the perfect solution. 

    While the Fire had been lacking 4K and HDR content in the past, the refresh has made the Fire TV an all-singing, all dancing 4K TV HDR streamer.

    Earlier Amazon Fire TV devices have been an incredibly popular way of streaming content to people’s TVs thanks to their plug-and-play simplicity, as well as broad support for various channels and media platforms. 

    Its popularity compared to the competing Google Chromecast could be due to the fact that Google denies its users access to the Amazon Prime Video service, with the Amazon Fire TV is far more generous with allowing access to competing services, including Netflix, Spotify and more.

    The Amazon Fire TV () comes in a completely redesigned body that’s compact enough to hide behind your TV, ditching the bulkier designs of previous models. This makes the Amazon Fire TV () a discrete box of media tricks that can sit unobtrusively in your home while it entertains the family.

    Price and release date

    • Available from October 25,
    • Price  £/$/around AU$90
    • Cheaper than the Chromecast Ultra

    [Update: Prime members can get an exclusive discount on the Amazon Fire TV, which is reduced to $, representing a saving of $ There are also savings to be made on the Amazon Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Fire 7 Tablet, and more.] 

    The Amazon Fire TV () retails for a price of $ (£ / AU$69). 

    This is over twice the price of the latest version of the Google Chromecast, which costs £30/$30/AU$55, although the Chromecast does not come with a remote control, cannot access Amazon Prime Video and does not support 4K or HDR. This is the device you should maybe consider if you only have a p TV, and don’t subscribe to Amazon Prime Video.

    The new Chromecast Ultra is more comparable feature-wise, though it still does not include a remote or access to Amazon Prime content. It does support 4K and HDR though, and costs £69/$69/around AU$90, which makes the Amazon Fire TV () price seem much more reasonable.

    In fact, due to the cheaper price, similar compact design, 4K and HDR support and additional services and remote control – not to mention an easy-to-navigate user interface – the Amazon Fire TV () does an incredibly good job of challenging the Google Chromecast Ultra to justify its price tag. Looking at the devices side-by-side, it’s not much of a competition, with the Amazon Fire TV () easily beating the Chromecast Ultra.


    • Smaller design
    • Easy to install
    • Simple remote

    The design of the Amazon Fire TV () is what really sets it apart from the earlier model. It’s been redesigned as a dongle that plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port, and hangs from it. 

    The previous version was a bit of a chunky black box that you’d need to place near the TV. While it wasn’t exactly an eye sore, the new version can be tucked away completely, so you wouldn’t really know it was there.

    Unlike the Fire TV Stick, Amazon’s smaller (and less feature-rich) dongle, the Amazon Fire TV () requires a separate power connection, which does mean you’ll have an additional cable hanging from your TV. Unfortunate, but not the end of the world, and understandable considering the power required to display 4K HDR content. 

    At mm x mm x mm, the compact design of the Amazon Fire TV () is subtle enough that it doesn’t stick out, even if it is on the display. Weighing just g also means it can hang from a HDMI port without putting pressure on the physical port. The attached HDMI connector is a flat, bendable, wire that gives you a bit more flexibility when plugging the Fire TV into a TV, especially one that's pushed back against a wall.

    The ac Wi-Fi antennae is contained inside the body, so there’s no ugly protrusions, and as long as you have a decent dual-band router with wireless AC support, that should be good enough for streaming 4K and HDR content. If you have a weak wireless signal, or an older router, you can buy an additional Ethernet adaptor for a wired connection.

    The design of the included remote control hasn’t changed, but to be honest it didn’t really need to, as it has an elegantly simple design that lets you scroll through the interface with ease – something that the Chromecast doesn’t offer. 

    You can also use a free app to use your phone as a remote, or use Alexa voice commands to control playback. This is a big plus for anyone who has welcomed Amazon’s virtual assistant via the Amazon Echo range of smart speakers.

    Overall we were very impressed with the new design of the Amazon Fire TV (), rivalling the Chromecast in the petite size and looks department, while offering more power and features. 

    Amazon has done a great job shrinking the size of the Amazon Fire TV () without sacrificing power or features, and they should be commended for it.


    The interface is clear and easy to use, and thanks to the boosted hardware inside the Fire TV (), it feels smooth when in use as well. 

    Everything is laid out clearly, and having a user interface marks it above the Chromecast, which needs you to launch apps from your phone. 

    The interface works in a similar way to the Apple TV, which is much more expensive. The Amazon Fire TV () offers content from a range of services in a clear and attractive manner.

    [Update: The Amazon Fire TV Stick now comes with a brand new Alexa-powered voice remote.]


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