Amazon Fire TV Stick is a $39 streaming stick set to take on Google's Chromecast

Amazon is preparing to take on Google's Chromecast with its newly-announced Fire TV Stick, which has better internal specs and a much cheaper price.

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The world of streaming media is going to get just a little more crowded now that Amazon is announcing its Fire TV Stick.

The Fire TV Stick will feature twice the memory of the Google Chromecast with 1GB of RAM, a dual-core processor, dual-antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi, 8GB of storage, and a number of exclusive features like ASAP, which allows for instant streaming and the inclusion of both a physical remote control and the option to use your phone as a remote that offers voice search.

The Fire TV Stick includes a number of popular video and music services, which includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Spotify and more. Those who own a Fire tablet or Fire phone will be able to fling their movies and TV shows to their Fire TV Stick as well as the ability to mirror your device’s screen onto your display. You’ll also be able to play games with the Fire TV Stick.

The Fire TV Stickl will be available starting today for $39, and for the next two days, Amazon Prime members will be able to pick up the device for just $19.

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    October 27, 2014 7:30 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Amazon Fire TV Stick is a $39 streaming stick set to take on Google's Chromecast

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      October 27, 2014 8:15 AM

      Only $19 for Prime Members.

      Seems worth it.

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      October 27, 2014 8:20 AM

      pre-ordered for $20 I can take a chance.

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      October 27, 2014 8:55 AM

      I've spent $19 on worse things (Maddog's mom)

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      October 27, 2014 9:28 AM

      Amazon Prime Canada kind of sucks. :(

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        October 27, 2014 9:31 AM

        Actually, the continued lack of access to all of Amazon's other benefits just made me cancel it. It was great while I was a student for fast shipping for books, but now, I'm done with it.

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          October 27, 2014 9:33 AM

          Pretty much everything from the US with a 'Canada' branded alternative is garbage, thanks to archaic and antiquated copyright law. Thankfully Netflix hasn't shut down proxies yet.

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            October 27, 2014 9:38 AM

            I learned through my time with Chatty that the Canadian version of Cartoon Network sucks as well.

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      October 27, 2014 9:48 AM

      Nice! Just ordered two of them!

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      October 27, 2014 10:05 AM

      Not a bad buy for some but with no HBO Go it kind of sucks like all the other streaming things that lack that.

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        October 27, 2014 10:19 AM

        yeah - and with comcast/xfinity, i can't even log into hbo go on some of the streaming devices anyway (iirc the Roku and Android app are both a no-go, but the 360 is fine)

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      October 27, 2014 10:13 AM

      I broke down and signed up for Plex Pass for the Xbox app. Media boxes are done. I loved my Rokus, but if you have a modern console they are rapidly becoming redundant.

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        October 27, 2014 10:32 AM

        Or if you have a decent PC connected to the tv already. These gadgets are so cool but I always just ignore them. :/

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      October 27, 2014 10:24 AM

      I'll bite. Maybe XBMC will work on it?

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      October 27, 2014 10:28 AM

      They're probably just ripping fire phones apart and shoving them in these. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/10/amazon-sitting-on-83-million-of-unsold-fire-phones/

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      October 27, 2014 10:37 AM

      Oh good more Fire products. Everybody loves fire products.

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      October 27, 2014 10:44 AM

      I love Amazon but I just feel like they are fighting a losing battle here.

      The disconnect between the main Google store and theirs is annoying and it must confuse the shit out of people who have regular Android devices.

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        October 27, 2014 10:47 AM

        I think this has a pretty good future. It's a cheap way to access all the Amazon streaming content. It's a much more logical move than the damn phone.

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          October 27, 2014 11:23 AM

          But for $15 bucks more you get a Chromecast that already has a ton of support and is being well supported

          I guess if your in that ecosystem it might be worth the few bucks... prime video and what not.

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            October 27, 2014 11:25 AM

            This thing has all that crap except the google play store but really, does anyone really use anything other than the streaming apps on these things?

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            October 27, 2014 11:42 AM

            I think there are way more casual amazon prime users than people who even know about the google store or even the fact that google has a dongle (chromecast).

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        October 27, 2014 10:52 AM

        any idea what tech the chromecast app > roku streaming runs on (and how likely it is the fire tv stick would do the same thing)? if it's possible to use the fire tv stick as basically a $20 higher-powered chromecast with 5GHz, i'd be pretty golden

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      October 27, 2014 11:05 AM

      $20 and supports plex... all I need.

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      October 27, 2014 11:14 AM

      Bought even though I don't really need it right now. For $20 it's hard to pass up.

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      October 27, 2014 3:29 PM

      As a Chromecast owner I hate this, because I don't have the HDMI ports for a second stick and obviously they'll never put Prime videos on a competing platform.

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      October 27, 2014 4:02 PM

      I own the fire TV box, it's pretty nice. That's coming from a prime member with Netflix and occasionally Hulu. Most importantly it's fast and looks great in terms of the UI and physical appearance. I find instant video to be a pretty good service when I want to watch a movie that's recently out for rental for instance. The prices vary and sometimes it's not available for rent/one time, but I can usually find a movie anyway.