Amazon already sells two 4K streaming devices - the Fire TV 4K ($69.99) and Fire TV Cube 4K ($119.99) - but today the Seattle-based tech company has revealed a gadget that brings 4K to a more affordable form factor: the Fire TV Stick 4K. The Alexa-enabled stick lets you access a vast library of content available in 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, and HDR10+ by just using your voice. Amazon noted that in-app Alexa control is coming to a number of more specialized video services, including AMC, HBO Now and Sony Crackle.
The new Alexa remote includes dedicated power and volume buttons (finally!) as well as an IR sensor for controlling soundbars and AV equipment. "The team invented an entirely new antenna technology and combined that with a powerful 802.11ac Wi-Fi to optimize for the best possible 4K UHD streaming experience, even in congested network environments", said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV.
Amazon's new Fire TV Stick 4K ($50) is now available for pre-order. The remote is also compatible with all existing Fire TV devices and can be purchased separately for $29.99. The new Fire TV Stick which comes with 4K support also has Alexa Voice integration, which allows users to quickly search content hands-free. So move along flappy Fire TV dongle, hello 4K Fire TV Stick. The Alexa Voice Remote includes "multidirectional infrared technology" to ensure it will work with any auxiliary devices, as well as your TV. The same shipping timeline goes for the single Alexa Voice Remote. The device is available for pre-order from the website and will start shipping from November 14.
"What it (Fire TV Stick 4K) does is that it adds a lot more oomph into the performance of the Fire TV Stick".