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AmazonIf you’re an Amazon Prime member who’s looking for a good, cheap, media streamer, you’re in luck.
Amazon has discounted its basic dongle, the Fire TV Stick, for the first time this year.
That makes it among the most affordable options in this space, but also one of the best values.
Amazon revised the Fire TV Stick a couple of years ago, most notably by bundling an “Alexa remote” with it. The remote lets you access all of an Amazon Echo’s features through your TV, which opens up a number of interesting possibilities.
You can use the Fire TV Stick to adjust your smart home accessories or answer your random questions, but the most useful feature of the “Alexa remote” is the ability to select what you want to watch by using your voice. It’s not that the Fire TV interface is overly complicated, or the regular remote is bad, it’s just more convenient to say “Play episode 12 of Transparent” than clicking around.
Because of its budget-friendly price, there are a couple of ways that the Fire TV Stick falls short, but they’re not going to be noticeable for most people. Its maximum resolution is 1080P and it doesn’t support HDR, so it might not be the best fit for a brand new, top-of-the-line 4K TV. If you’ve got an older HDTV, though, it should work just fine.
On the content side, the Fire TV Stick has apps for Netflix, Hulu, and most other major streaming service, including Amazon Prime video. If you’ve had good experiences with Amazon’s hardware in the past, or need a cheap way to catch up on all your favorite shows on a big screen, this is a good deal.
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