Uprated Amazon Fire TV Stick media streamer adds Alexa Voice Remote control

posted on Tuesday, 21st February 2017 by Steve May

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Amazon is launching a new Fire TV Stick media streamer with Alexa Voice Remote control. The uprated streamer is also said to be 30 per cent faster than its predecessor, with the ability to run multiple apps without the need to close them.

As with Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, the Alexa Fire TV Stick will allow users to check on news, play music and so on. Additionally, the Alexa implementation on the Fire TV Stick will allow users to "find science fiction" or "open Netflix." Alexa can also be used to control playback, jumping forward or backwards through a programme by specific time increments. 

Fire TV Stick Horizontal Alexa

“The all-new Amazon Fire TV Stick has been completely redesigned with incredible performance, powerful voice search and the included Alexa-powered remote to deliver fast access to a vast selection of movies, TV shows, games and Alexa skills,” says Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Devices International.

The HDMI streamer has a quad-core processor, with 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi and Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) for Amazon Video. It also supports HEVC, but is listed as a 1080p only device.

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Services include Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, Curzon Home Cinema DisneyLife, BBC News and BBC Sport, as well as Prime Video, Amazon Video. The device features the latest iteration of the Amazon Fire interface.

The Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote will ship on April 6, priced at £40.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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