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 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.
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There's nothing like a good excuse to stay on the couch and binge-watch a full season (or two) of a new show. If you're searching for said excuse, look no further: You can now get a Fire TV Stick and 2nd generation Echo Dot together for just $39.98 on Amazon. The Fire TV Stick and the Echo Dot are pretty much the dream combo for anyone looking to seriously lounge and soak up some entertainment. Plug the Fire TV Stick into any HD TV, connect to Wi-Fi, and instantly gain streaming access to over tens of thousands of channels and apps, including Netflix, Hulu, CBS, NBC, YouTube, and more. With the addition of the Echo Dot, you can use your voice to control playback of any content, change channels, or even have Alexa order you a pizza in between episodes.
When Amazon first launched the Fire TV Stick in late 2014, it almost seemed too good to be true. The thumb-sized device promised more power than the latest Roku box and a better app selection than Apple TV at less than half the price of either. It was only a little pricier than Google's Chromecast dongle, yet it managed to include a proper remote control and on-screen interface. Despite some early launch bugs and quirks, it was a great way to make your TV smarter on the cheap. Cut to 2016, and the competition has gotten tougher.