New Amazon Fire TV stick brings voice control to UK TV screens

The Guardian

Amazon is bringing its Alexa voice assistant to British televisions with a £40 Fire TV stick that turns almost any TV into a smart streaming box. The new Fire TV stick comes with a voice-enabled remote, giving users access to voice controls and search for movies, music and TV shows. But it will also perform Alexa's other skills, allowing users to check their commute, get a weather forecast and to answer questions and control smart home devices by speaking into the remote and showing new so called video cards with information on screen. Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Amazon Devices International, said that the company's focus with the new Fire TV stick was on performance and speed, making it 30% faster than the old device, to provide a smooth, rich and voice-controlled experience in a package barely larger than a flash drive. He said: "Fire TV was the number one selling item on Amazon in the UK in 2016, and now we've made it faster and given it the best of Alexa."

Amazon's 40 Fire TV Stick comes with 65 of freebies

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The new Amazon Fire TV Stick is just 40. We've scoured the web to find you the best deals on good products. If you're looking for a good, cheap streaming solution for your TV, Amazon's new Fire TV Stick is shaping up to be a great option. For just 40 you get a voice-enabled remote and the Fire TV Stick, which just slots into an HDMI port and gives you access to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Sling. You need subscriptions to those services, of course, which is where this deal comes in.

Amazon Fire TV Stick review: cheap, great TV streaming device with new interface and Alexa

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Amazon's second generation Fire TV stick – which lets you stream video and apps on your TV – continues the same winning formula but adds new voice search, Alexa assistant and a snappier, more polished experience making it one of the best instant smart TV devices available. It looks like a USB flash drive, just with an HDMI connector on one end and a microUSB socket in the side. Set up is incredibly easy. Plug it directly into the back of your TV or receiver, or use the included HDMI extension cable if it doesn't quite fit next to other devices, connect the included microUSB cable to the power adapter and plug it into the stick. If you bought the Fire TV Stick directly from Amazon then once you've put in your wifi password, your account details will already be set up and ready.

Why you should buy the new Amazon Fire TV Stick, even if the old one's still great

The Independent - Tech

The Amazon Fire TV Stick has just been treated to an upgrade, pushing the best cheap streaming device on the market even further ahead of the competition. It was launched in the US some time ago, but has only just come to the UK, and brings with it a number of improvements that make it well worth buying, even if you already own an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Its headline feature is support for Alexa, Amazon's excellent voice assistant. This doesn't just enable users to track down TV shows, films and apps much, much faster than ever just by speaking to the voice-controlled remote, but also to accurately control playback without having to fiddle with any buttons. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

Amazon Launches An Affordable Fire TV Stick Streamer With Added Alexa Voice Smarts

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Amazon's latest weapon in its bid to take control of our TVs is the new, improved Fire TV Stick. The new Amazon Fire TV Stick sells for a little more than last year's model but offers features the pricier Amazon Fire TV box doesn't match. The Fire TV Stick has been highly successful for Amazon, the most popular streaming device the site has sold, the company says. It is intensely portable – you can take it to a friend's house so they can enjoy watching the shows you've bought or subscribed to, just by plugging it into their HDMI and making use of a power socket. It used to cost £34.99 in the UK – or £44.99 if you splashed out on the model with the voice-capable remote control to speak your movie or TV show searches – but since Amazon has co-incidentally sold out of those Fire TV Stick models, when better to buy a new, upgraded edition?