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There’s another streaming stick vying for an HDMI port on the back of your television. On Monday, Amazon announced the Fire TV Stick, a $39 streaming stick that runs the full Amazon television interface that first debuted on the Fire TV earlier this year.
Amazon’s new streaming stick is available for pre-order now and will ship by November 19.
The new stick doesn’t require a second device, like a smartphone or tablet, to beam video from. Instead, it comes with a remote and can run apps like Netflix and Prime Instant Video on its own, like the full-sized Fire TV. In that way, it’s more similar to the $50 Roku Streaming Stick than Google’s Chromecast.
In fact, [company]Amazon[/company] is directly comparing its streaming stick to the Chromecast and touting its relative computing power: The Amazon product page brags that Fire TV Stick has “4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast.”
The $100 Fire TV has a quad-core processor and the ability to run a fair number of games. The Fire TV Stick only has a dual-core processor — a Broadcom Capri 28155 — paired with a dedicated VideoCore4 GPU. But despite the reduced power, the Fire TV Stick has most of the same features as the full-size Fire TV. Amazon says its device can run voice search, display mirroring and “casual games.” The Fire Game Controller works with the Fire TV Stick, too.
The Fire TV Stick plugs directly into a TV’s HDMI port and, like other streaming sticks, will need an external USB adapter to power it. It comes with a more basic Wi-Fi Direct remote than the full-size Fire TV, although you can purchase Amazon’s Voice Remote for $30. You can also use Amazon’s remote app on your phone for voice search.
Amazon’s throwing in a free month of Amazon Prime with purchase — as well as a free month of its direct streaming service competitor, Netflix, which seems a bit odd. Perhaps Amazon wants to emphasize that its stick can run Netflix without another device. Although it will eventually cost $39, Prime subscribers can grab one of these little streaming sticks for $19 for the next two days.