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."
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'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?
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.
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.