Amazon Comes Out with Fire TV Stick to Challenge Chromecast

/ Oct 27, 2014

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Amazon has come out with its own take on Google’s Chromecast. Called the Fire TV Stick, it’s going for $39 (but won’t be available until November 19) and plugs directly into users’ TVs.

Along with the stick itself, which fits into the TV set’s HDMI port, the Fire TV Stick comes with a remote control to help users sort through various networks, music, apps, games, and even personal photos. (There’s also the option of getting your Fire TV Stick with an Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote — sold separately — or downloading the free app to operate the device by speaking to it.)

Amazon boasts that the stick has “four times the storage and two times the memory of Chromecast,” as well as “over 200,000” videos, from movies to television shows. The videos are available to either rent or buy.

Besides Amazon Prime Instant Video, the Fire TV Stick also offers Netflix, Hulu Plus, Twitch, PBS, YouTube, sports apps like WatchESPN, and music apps like Vevo and Spotify (among others). Games on the streaming device include the likes of “Flappy Birds Family” and “Monsters University.”

Currently, the Fire TV Stick is available for pre-order, and Prime members get a 30-day free trial. The stick comes after the debut of Amazon Fire TV this past spring.

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