Amazon on Monday got the week started off by introducing a device which puts the Chromecast squarely in its sights. Called the Fire TV Stick, it’s a $39 unit that plugs into your TV and provides for playing of music, video,games, and more.
Rather powerful for such a small device, the Fire TV Stick features a dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of storage. More importantly, it features a dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-FI which means solid and uninterrupted connection.
The Fire TV Stick plugs directly into your HDMI port and includes a remote control that closely resembles the one that comes with the Fire TV. Additionally, users can also connect their Android (iOS soon) smartphone to the Fire TV Stick for search, navigation, and game playing. As an option, Amazon will let buyers upgrade to the Amazon Fire TV Voice Remote for $29.99.
Things get really interesting for those who already own Amazon products like Fire HD tablets or subscribe to their respective services. Watching TV and movies is even better with second screen experience like X-Ray, and Whispersync.
Those who are not Prime subscribers will receive a 30-day trial to the service with purchase of the Fire TV Stick. Shipping is expected to begin November 19.