Amazon Fire TV is a streaming media player and micro-console that is designed to bring exciting online entertainment to your HDTV. Stream movies and music on the box and play games. There is also a gaming edition of the set-top box, which is bundled with a game controller with voice support.
The latest update boasts an Apple TV-beating 4K Ultra HD support and comes with its maker’s own digital voice assistant.
Description and Setup
The Fire TV is a small black box – rectangular in shape. The design is not really different from that of its predecessor. It is made to give users access to hundreds of thousands movies and TV shows at online sources, direct from compatible TV sets.
All a TV needs to be compatible is an HDMI port. Connect the Fire TV to the TV via an HDMI cable. Then connect it to a power source via the included power adapter. You also require a fast network, which you can access via a Wi-Fi hotspot or Ethernet.
Amazon is also talking about the gaming capability of the box, which is quite easy to set up. Amazon Fire TV is pre-registered to a buyer’s account, with setup completed in just few minutes. The interface is designed to be easy to use.
4K Ultra-HD Support
When the latest Apple TV was unveiled a little over a week ago, many people were disappointed that the box did not support 4K content. The new Amazon Fire TV beats its rival in this regard with support for stunning 4K movies and TV shows.
You will be able to enjoy 4K UHD streaming from Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix, significantly expanding your entertainment options. The experience is enhanced with Dolby Audio support. But you are going to need a fast broadband connection and a 4K UHD-enabled TV set with HDCP 2.2 to enjoy 4K streaming.
Performance and OS
Amazon Fire TV is built to deliver competition-beating performance, according to its maker. It is equipped with a quad-core MediaTek processor and a dedicated graphics processor.
The box delivers 75% better performance that supposedly rivals the A8 chip-driven Apple TV and up to five times better performance than latest Roku set-top boxes. The new Fire TV will be powered by its maker’s latest Fire OS 5 software.
The streaming media player features Amazon’s own personal assistant Alexa, which allows you find movies, TV shows, apps, sport scores and weather information by speaking into the remote.
It has inbuilt storage capacity of 8 GB, expandable via a microSD card slot. Amazon Fire TV boasts High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) support for better compression of Full HD content for those with slow connections.
Amazon Fire TV Pricing & Availability
Fire TV price is put at $99.99 (19,900 Naira) and started shipping from October 5, 2015. Amazon Fire TV is available on the Amazon.com website.
Fire TV streaming box ships to Nigeria and dozens of other countries.
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