Amazon announced Monday morning that they have thrown their hat into the ring with the Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick and introduced the “Fire TV Stick”, their new streaming-media device. Much like the Chromecast and Roku, the Fire TV Stick connects to an HDMI port on an HDTV and will stream popular apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon’s own Prime Instant Video, and several more. In a statement, Amazon boasted that the Fire TV Stick comes with a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage,
“50 percent more processor power and two times the memory of Chromecast, and six times the processing power of the Roku Streaming Stick.”
Call this serendipitous, as I personally spent a few hours of my existence on Sunday night cursing Amazon and Google for their stupid “feud”, while trying to set up my mother’s new Kindle to work with Chromecast on my TV. I had no success, and after Googling profusely as to why I couldn’t get it to work, imagine my surprise reading that Kindle did not support Google Chromecast.
Amazon is offering Amazon Prime Members an exclusive introductory $19 price tag for the Fire TV Stick. But Prime Members must hurry, the $19 bargain price is for two days only. Regular retail pricing for the Fire Stick will be $39 and it comes with a remote control and a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime and Netflix. Shipping for the Fire TV Stick begins November 19th.Photos courtesy of Amazon.com.