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Having released its $99 set top box in April 2014, the Fire TV, that also doubles as an Android-driven games console, the online retail giant Amazon on Monday took on Google’s Chromecast with a $35 HDMI dongle dubbed the Fire TV Stick.

Amazon is calling the Fire TV Stick “the most powerful streaming media stick.” And at just $39, it’s within reach of average consumers who need a pocket-sized device to wirelessly beam their media and apps from an Android phone or tablet (iOS coming soon) to a big screen TV.

The Fire Stick has a dual-core processor with two times the memory (1GB of RAM) and four times the storage (8GB) of Google’s Chromecast. More reliable streaming is realized via a built-in dual-band, dual-antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi.

“The team has packed an unbelievable amount of power and selection into an incredible price point—Fire TV Stick is just $39,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.

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The gizmo comes with the included remote, although a phone running Amazon’s mobile app can also double as a remote with voice search. Customers can opt to upgrade to the even better Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote for $29.99.

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The Fire TV Stick allows you to fling or mirror content from your phone or tablet to your HD TV. The gadget ties into the Amazon ecosystem and supports a bunch of popular content sources and services like Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify and more.

As a bonus, it runs games, too!

Key highlights:

  • Powerful performance — 4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast, plus a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory. 
  • Massive selection — Over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, millions of songs, and hundreds of games. Learn more
  • Free 30-day Prime trial — Unlimited access to thousands of popular movies and TV episodes including award-winning series from HBO and exclusive titles like Alpha House, plus new Prime Music.
  • Instant streaming with ASAP — No more waiting for your movies and shows to buffer—ASAP learns what movies and shows you like so they start instantly
  • Dedicated remote and app for easy use — With the Amazon Fire TV Remote that comes in the box or the free app on your Android device (iOS coming soon), you have all the controls you need to easily search, navigate, and play games
  • Voice search that actually works — Simply say what you want to watch and start enjoying in seconds with the free app or Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately)
  • Connect your small screen to your big screen —  Fire TV Stick lets you fling your favorite apps to your TV to free up your small screen for other uses. Or mirror your phone or tablet to your TV.
  • Great for gaming, too — Play favorite titles like Flappy Birds Family, Toy Story: Smash It!, Monsters University, and more great games

As a thank you to new and existing Prime members, Amazon is offering the Fire TV Stick for just $19, a $20 saving, for two days only. Not a Prime member? you can sign up for a free trial to receive this special price.

The Fire TV Stick is now available for pre-order over at Amazon and will ship November 19.

[Amazon PR]

  • JustReboot

    I pre-ordered for $20 (Prime member). It’s worth a shot at that price. Not sure if it will stream form my media server…

  • Dan

    19$ and the same RAM capacity as iPhone >.<

    • Jeffrey

      RAM is cheap as f*ck.

      • Dan

        hah yeah I know, that’s my point 😉

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah well I don’t think Apple refuses to put more RAM in their iPhones because of the cost though.

      • madmaxmedia

        It impacts battery life (of course I’m talking about the iPhone, not the Fire Stick.)

      • Jeffrey

        Yeah I’m not a hardware professional and I agree with you that I think it does impact battery life, but I don’t think it has a very big impact on the battery life, maybe 5% less battery life…

      • madmaxmedia

        I’m not a pro either ;-), but I agree it’s not a big difference. I think Apple makes a lot of little decisions that do combine to make a overall significant impact on battery life. But there’s obviously a balance between these different design decisions, and we’re not going to agree with all of them. I would rather have more RAM.

      • Jeffrey

        Yeah that’s true, I think we’ll see 2 gigs of RAM in the iPhone 7. Maybe in the iPhone 6s but I rather think the iPhone 7.

      • Andy

        Tell that to Apple.

      • Jeffrey

        Yeah true. Maybe they won’t put more RAM inside because they don’t have enough space for it and they put the thickness of the device on top priority. It’s just a theory though.

    • Yujin

      Specs in an apple controlled environment are meaningless. In the nerd world they are the holy Grail. Lol

      • Dan

        Personally I don’t care about spec, or I wouldn’t have an iPhone. I care about performance, and I would hope added RAM would help with refreshing tabs and crashing/refreshing apps. They added 2 GB in the iPad air 2, so it must help with something.

  • Hendo27

    Will this work with iPad and iPhone? Would it possibly be an alternative for Apple tv?

    • Jeffrey

      Not yet, but it will soon.

  • Interesting, does it support Miracast?

    • Rowan09

      Does it have a usb slot if so I’m going to buy a couple of them for business?

      • You mean USB host? If so, I don’t think so…the only USB port it has is for charging.

        BTW, it unfortunately doesn’t ship to Canada, so, won’t be a able to get it at such great price.

      • Rowan09

        No a usb slot for adding a keyboard, I would need it for showbox (moviebox for Android).

  • Eni

    Can stream from Pc/Mac?

  • ndcart

    No Vudu, No Care.

  • Tom

    You forgot to mention it has Plex which sold me, bought 2 of them. Thanks for the heads up.