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Amazon Launches Fire TV Media Streamer With Alexa Remote in the U.K.

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Amazon today announced it is launching its Fire TV media streamer stick in the United Kingdom, approximately six months after the device first launched in the U.S.

The redesigned Fire TV stick, which costs £39.99, is the first of Amazon's media streamers to come with an Alexa-enabled voice remote. It features a new quad-core processor that makes it 30 percent faster than the previous version, according to the company. It also supports the 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol.


The Fire TV can be used to search for movies and TV shows, launch apps and control media playback. Like Amazon's Echo smart speakers, the Alexa remote can also be used to enable a number of "skills" such as asking for the weather or controlling smart devices around the home.

In addition, Amazon also announced a free Fire TV software update that will bring Alexa to all Fire TV devices in the UK--including first generations of both Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, as well as the Fire TV with 4K UHD.
The update will make Alexa available to the millions of UK customers with Fire TV devices already in their homes, and upgrades every existing Fire TV Voice Remote to an Alexa Voice Remote. Customers without a voice remote can use the Fire TV app for iOS and Android to access Alexa, in the same way they do today with Voice Search. The same software update also upgrades previous generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices to the new, cinematic UI.
The Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is available today for £39.99 from Amazon UK and is also on sale in shops including Dixons, John Lewis, Tesco, and Maplin. The update bringing Alexa to existing Fire TV devices will roll out to customers over the coming weeks.

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Tymmz

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Any benefits over the first gen stick? I mean...when it comes to Kodi and such?
 
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2headedgeek

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Apple are you looking £39.99 that's it that's all, not £139 or £179 and it offers more.
That's how you look after your customers.
 
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Keane16

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Any benefits over the first gen stick? I mean...when it comes to Kodi and such?

The 30% faster SoC should help with Kodi UI speed, can't imagine it being significantly better than the Gen 1 I have right now - however the Gen 1 is a little sluggish compared to my Pi B2 maybe this will close the gap.

Apple are you looking £39.99 that's it that's all, not £139 or £179 and it offers more.
That's how you look after your customers.

What more does it offer? Storage? Performance? My Gen 1 Fire TV Stick is poor in both these areas compared to my Apple TV 4. Throw in AirPlay, iCloud integration and I'll choose my ATV4 over my Fire Stick every time.
 
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2headedgeek

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The 30% faster SoC should help with Kodi UI speed, can't imagine it being significantly better than the Gen 1 I have right now - however the Gen 1 is a little sluggish compared to my Pi B2 maybe this will close the gap.



What more does it offer? Storage? Performance? My Gen 1 Fire TV Stick is poor in both these areas compared to my Apple TV 4. Throw in AirPlay, iCloud integration and I'll choose my ATV4 over my Fire Stick every time.

Adaptability, content, games, money in the bank shall I continue?
I have had all the Apple TVs and have sold them all to be replaced with a Fire Stick.
Without doubt best descsion I have done.
 
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Sturnbull73

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I'm really impressed with our Fire stick- use it loads with our Prime Membership. Hardy ever use the AppleTV- wish I hadn't bought it. Can't even use iPlayer through it as I have the older one.
 
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M.PaulCezanne

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Still waiting for that 4k/UHD/HDR Apple TV. Though, I admit they're probably still waiting for more 4k/UHD/HDR content before they produce it.
 
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runeapple

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Don't care, make an Apple TV app so I can choose movies as a family and so my phone doesn't drain Airplaying it.

Don't want your stick, no spare HDMI slots for one.
 
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Mike Oxard

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I'm really impressed with our Fire stick- use it loads with our Prime Membership. Hardy ever use the AppleTV- wish I hadn't bought it. Can't even use iPlayer through it as I have the older one.
I've just finished watching Black Sails, that and Grand Tour made Prime membership worth every penny.
 
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QuarterSwede

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I've had the new gen 2 fire stick for a few weeks now and have to say I'm actually impressed. It's damn fast. However I still like the Apple TV's UI better overall as its cleaner. It really depends on what services you use but for $39 it's the streamer to beat unless you want 4K.
 
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Keane16

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Adaptability, content, games, money in the bank shall I continue?
I have had all the Apple TVs and have sold them all to be replaced with a Fire Stick.
Without doubt best descsion I have done.

Can't agree.

Adaptability - no brainier. I use my Pi for tweaking/playing it even cheaper than my Fire TV Stick. An iOS derivative product like the ATV4 isn't going to be adaptable. And neither do I need it to be. It does what it was advertised to do really well. It'd be like complaining a Ferrari is awful at towing a caravan - of course, it's not made for that.

Content. Meh. Both my Fire TV Stick and ATV4 have pretty much everything I need. Obviously FTV is missing iTunes and also ATV4 is missing Spotify and Amazon Video. But overall they both have most services - AirPlay and Casting help both fill holes in content. One other thing to note is the quality of apps - things like MLB At The Bat have dedicated ATV4 apps, whereas you're stuck with Casting on an Android streamer.

My biggest gripe with the Fire TV stick is performance. It's abysmal. I'm not a big gamer, but sometimes we have younger family members visit and they play them on the ATV4, everything runs as smooth as silk. The Gen 1 FTV didn't even run some well known games from the App Store. Even menu scrolling isn't very smooth. Bluetooth was also really poorly implemented using Plex and Kodi I often had sound sync issues (Netflix was fine). The ATV4 has always worked really well in this area.

I still have a Gen 2 Fire Stick, but it's connected to the least used TV in the house because of its performance.
 
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