Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, the company’s own take on the popular Chromecast formula, will be landing in the UK and Germany on April 15th with a very reasonable £35/€35 price tag.
The little dongle is already available to pre-order if you’re an Amazon Prime member. New members can grab the Fire TV Stick for just £7/€7, after a refund, if they purchase before March 26th and existing Prime members can pre-order one for £19/€19, which is still a good deal. For comparison, the Google Chromecast costs £30 from the Play Store.
- SoC – Broadcom BCM28155 (Capri) dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor @ 1.0 GHz with VideoCore IV GPU/VPU
- System Memory – 1GB RAM with half reserved to the system, and the other half dedicated to video.
- Storage – 8 GB internal storage
- Video / Audio Output – HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP 1.4. Resolution: 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
- Video Codecs – H.264
- Audio – AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis
- Connectivity – dual-band/dual-antenna 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (2×2 MIMO), Bluetooth 3.0 (HID, HFP, HPP profiles). Other part of Amazon website indicates Bluetooth 4.0 however.
- USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port for power only.
- Dimensions – 84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm
- Weight – 25.1 grams
Amazon’s dongle also has access to the company’s extensive media library, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Youtube and region specific services, such as BBC iPlayer and News, Demand 5, and Sky News for the UK, or Tagesschau and ARD in Germany. The only major downside is the lack of access to your existing Google Play media library, if you have one.
This launch could pave the way for a roll-out in other European countries too.