The new Amazon Fire TV is 75% more powerful, with best-in-class
Wi-Fi, support for Alexa, and 4K Ultra HD—and is still less than $100
Amazon Fire TV offers the most 4K Ultra HD movies, and is half the
price of any other 4K Ultra HD streaming media player
Voice features on Fire TV just got better: Alexa, the brain behind
Echo, is now available on Fire TV devices—ask for music, information,
weather, traffic, and more
Over 3,000 channels, apps, and games now available—more than Apple
TV, Roku, Chromecast, or any other streaming media player—plus you can
now add up to 128 GB of additional storage via microSD to take advantage
of this great selection
New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote—simple and easy-to-use voice
search and Alexa integration via included remote—all for less than $50
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 17, 2015--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Last year, Amazon introduced the first Amazon Fire TV,
combining voice search that actually works, fast and powerful
performance, and an open ecosystem to deliver the easiest way to watch
Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, WatchESPN, and more on your
big-screen TV. Since launch, Fire TV has become the #1 best-selling
Amazon device category, with Fire TV Stick quickly becoming Amazon’s
fastest-selling product ever. Today, Amazon is making those best-selling
products even better. Introducing the next generation of Fire TV—the new
Amazon Fire TV with support for 4K Ultra HD, and the new Fire TV Stick
with Voice Remote.
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The all-new Amazon Fire TV (Photo: Business Wire)
The new Amazon Fire TV is available for pre-order today for just $99.99 www.amazon.com/fire-tv
and will start shipping on October 5. Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is
available for pre-order today for $49.99 at www.amazon.com/fire-tv-voice
and will start shipping October 22. Fire TV Stick is also still
available for purchase for $39.99 at www.amazon.com/fire-tv-stick.
Fire TV devices have the most channels, apps, and games of any streaming
media player, and are the easiest way to enjoy movies, TV shows, music,
and live TV from services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Hulu,
WatchESPN, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, Sling TV, STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, NBC
News, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, Plex, A&E, YouTube.com, and
more. Plus, the new Amazon Fire TV provides access to more 4K Ultra HD
movies than any other streaming media player, with 4K content from
Netflix, Amazon Video, and Prime Video. Already available in 4K are
shows and movies from Amazon Video such as Transparent, Better Call
Saul, American Hustle, and Amazing Spiderman 2, as well as
shows and movies such as Narcos and Marvel’s Daredevil from
“The team has packed an incredible amount of technology and innovation
into a tiny package,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “The
new Fire TV includes 4K support, more processing power, Alexa
integration, the largest selection, and exclusive features—for less than
$100. The new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote brings voice search and
Alexa integration for less than $50. These are powerful devices at
The All-New Amazon Fire TV—Tiny Box, Huge Performance—$99.99
True-to-Life Picture Quality with 4K Ultra HD
4K Ultra HD is the next generation of entertainment and delivers a more
realistic entertainment experience with 4x the resolution of 1080p.
Amazon Fire TV is half the price of any other 4K Ultra HD streaming
media player. With 4K support for Prime Video, Amazon Video, and
Netflix, Fire TV also provides access to more 4K Ultra HD movies than
any other device. Movies and TV shows already available in 4K include
award-winning shows like Transparent, Better Call Saul,
and Orphan Black, and blockbuster movies such as Captain
Phillips, Men in Black 3, and Money Ball—with more
being added regularly.
Better HD Video Quality for More Customers
The new Amazon Fire TV is built to support High Efficiency Video Coding
(HEVC). In the coming months, the new Amazon Fire TV will deliver more
1080p high-definition streams from Amazon Video than ever before with
HEVC—even if you don’t own a 4K TV. HEVC is roughly 2x more efficient at
encoding video than the current industry standard, H264, so less
bandwidth is needed to deliver high-quality video streams. As a result,
the majority of Fire TV customers will now get to experience
high-quality, 1080p TV shows and movies from Amazon Video.
Built for Speed
The first Fire TV delivered industry-leading performance—now, Fire TV is
even better, with 75% more processing power, and still less than $100.
The new Amazon Fire TV has 5x the processing power of the latest
generation Roku, and 8x the processing power of Chromecast. It comes
packed with a MediaTek 64-bit quad-core processor, a dedicated GPU, plus
4x the memory of the latest generation Chromecast, and Roku.
Powerful Wi-Fi Performance
Fire TV features the latest standard in Wi-Fi technology—802.11ac
MIMO—which gives you faster throughput and longer range for better
performance, even if your router is located in another part of the house.
Expandable microSD Storage
In addition to the 8GB of on-device storage, Fire TV now offers
expandable storage via microSD card slot for up to 128GB of additional
storage for downloaded apps and games.
World-Class Customer Service with Mayday Screen Sharing
Mayday Screen Sharing brings Mayday-powered customer service to the Fire
TV streaming box, delivering 24x7, 365 days-a-year technical
assistance—for free. When you call customer service by phone, the Amazon
expert can remotely connect to your Fire TV—with your permission—to
answer any questions you may have or to help troubleshoot. They can draw
on the screen, walk you through how to do something, or do it for
you—whatever works best.
Audio from Dolby, the Standard in Home Audio
With Dolby Audio, enjoy rich, cinematic surround sound via HDMI to your
TV or AV receiver. Plus, Dolby enhances the Bluetooth headphone support
on Fire TV, so you get Dolby’s virtual surround sound, consistent
quality, and enhanced volume leveling while listening to your favorite
movie or TV show with headphones.
Take Gaming to the Next Level
Gaming on Amazon Fire TV has been a customer favorite since launch,
providing high-quality, low-cost options for the whole family. The
all-new optional Fire TV Game Controller now includes voice search, an
audio jack for private listening with Dolby enhancements, refined
controls for a better gaming experience, and up to 90 hours of battery
life without headphones. Plus, today Amazon introduced the new Amazon
Fire TV Gaming Edition, which includes Amazon Fire TV, Game Controller,
a 32GB microSD card, and two games—Disney’s Ducktales and Yacht
Club’s Shovel Knight—all for $139.99. To read the press release
about the new Gaming Edition, visit: www.amazon.com/gaming-edition-pr.
The New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote—Most Powerful Streaming
Stick, Now with Voice—$49.99
Amazon today introduced another new member of the Fire TV family, adding
a voice remote to Fire TV Stick—the fastest-selling Amazon device. Fire
TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available, and the
new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is the only streaming stick with an
included voice remote. The voice remote allows you to simply speak the
name of a movie, TV show, actor, director, or genre and get results
instantly—plus use the included voice remote on Fire TV Stick to ask
Alexa for the weather, sports scores, traffic, music, and more.
Fire TV Stick has 4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast, a
dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Dolby Audio, and better Wi-Fi
performance than any other streaming media stick. Plus, unlike other
streaming media sticks, Fire TV Stick allows you to connect to Wi-Fi
networks that require a password without installing additional software,
so you can easily take your entertainment with you on-the-go.
The Fire TV Family Gets New and Updated Features—Fire OS 5 Brings New
Features to the Full Lineup
Just ask Alexa
Last year, Amazon introduced voice search that actually works—no more
hunting and pecking in an alphabet grid to find your favorite TV shows
and movies. Now, the convenience of voice is getting even better on
Amazon Fire TV with built-in support for Alexa, the brain behind Amazon
Echo. With Alexa, Fire TV voice capabilities become even better—simply
speak into the voice remote and ask Alexa for the weather, sports
scores, traffic, music, and more. Alexa provides natural-language
responses, combined with an immersive on-screen display, each time you
ask a question on Amazon Fire TV. Just say “Alexa, play some jazz” to
listen to your favorite music and simultaneously view album art, song
title, and more via the on-screen experience. Say “Alexa, when do the
Seahawks play?” to find out when the next game is on, or say “Alexa,
how’s the weather tomorrow?” to see if you need to bring your umbrella
and simultaneously view the five-day forecast on your big screen TV.
Plus, coming next year, use Alexa to find and play TV shows and movies,
navigate Amazon Fire TV, launch apps, and more—simply speak into the
voice remote and say “Alexa, resume Star Wars;” “Alexa, search
for drama movies with Matt Damon;” or “Alexa, play Hunger Games:
Catching Fire.” Alexa integration will roll out to all existing Fire
TV and Fire TV Stick customers via a free, over-the-air software update.
Largest Selection of Channels, Apps, and Games
Since launch last year, Amazon Fire TV selection of channels, apps, and
games has grown by 17x, with over 3,000 apps now available. Customer
favorites on Fire TV include Netflix, HBO NOW, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME
ANYTIME, HBO GO, Hulu, STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, YouTube.com, Spotify,
Pandora, AT&T U-verse, and Tennis Channel Everywhere. New channels and
apps coming soon include FOX NOW, FXNOW, Poker Central, and Turner
Classic Movies. Fire TV integrated universal search from the very
beginning, and customers have loved being able to easily search across
multiple services, including HBO GO, Showtime, Hulu, STARZ PLAY, ENCORE
PLAY, and Vevo. Plus, Amazon will be adding over 10 services to
universal search by the end of the year, including A&E, HISTORY,
Lifetime, and PBS.
Now you can watch the big game, breaking news, and more, live and
on-demand on Amazon Fire TV—all you need is the internet. With Fire TV,
you have access to a variety of live and on-demand video and TV apps
such as HBO NOW, Sling TV, NBC News, Tennis Channel Everywhere, and
more. With a subscription to Sling TV, you have access to live and
on-demand content from channels like ESPN, CNN, TBS, HGTV, and AMC.
Best Device for Prime
With Prime Video, Prime members get access to thousands of movies and TV
shows, including Transformers, Wolf of Wall Street, Anchorman
2, The Americans, Justified, and Downton Abbey,
at no additional cost. Plus, get access to award-winning Amazon Original
Series programming like Transparent and Tumble Leaf, as
well as new shows coming this fall—which will all be available in 4K
Ultra HD. With Prime Music, Prime members can listen ad-free to over a
million songs from artists like Mumford & Sons, Daft Punk, P!nk, Bruno
Mars, Blake Shelton, The Lumineers, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna—plus,
coming early next year, listen to top, curated Prime Music Radio
Stations on Fire TV. Use Prime Photos to get unlimited storage for
photos, and access them on Fire TV devices to play slideshows or choose
a favorite album for the screensaver.
Plus, All the Features Customers Expect from Amazon
Fire TV is not just a gadget—it is a seamlessly integrated service that
combines all of the features that customers love about Amazon, Prime,
and Fire devices, including:
Say It, Watch It with voice search that actually works—Simply
speak the name of a movie, TV show, actor, director, or genre into the
remote on the Amazon Fire TV, the all-new Fire TV Stick with Voice
Remote, or the Fire TV Voice Remote App on Fire TV Stick. No more
hunting and pecking in an alphabet grid.
Instant streaming with ASAP—No more waiting for movies and TV
shows to buffer. ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) is now 40%
faster on the new Amazon Fire TV, so videos start instantly. ASAP
predicts which Amazon movies and TV episodes you want to watch and
buffers them for playback before you even hit play, so there’s no
Instantly find out who that actor is—X-Ray for Movies and TV
Shows is available directly on the TV screen using Amazon Fire TV and
Fire TV Stick—simply click the Fire TV Remote and get instant access
to actor biographies in the scene, trivia, soundtracks, and more, on
tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes. X-Ray for Movies and TV
Shows is exclusive to Amazon Video and powered by IMDb—the #1 movie
website in the world.
Simple to set up and easy to use—Arrives pre-registered so you
can simply plug it in and start streaming in minutes.
Screen sharing and display mirroring—Tap the “fling” icon on
your Fire tablet to send video and audio to your big screen, or fling
services like YouTube, Spotify and Netflix from your Android phone or
iPhone. Or, share whatever is on your small screen—including movies
and TV shows, music, and photos—with everyone in your living room
using display mirroring, which includes support for Fire OS and
Android, and devices from Motorola, LG, and Google.
Personal photos and videos—Play slideshows and choose a
favorite album for the screensaver on Fire TV devices. Photos or
videos you take via phone or tablet can be automatically uploaded to
Amazon Cloud Drive, making them accessible on Fire TV devices.
Whispersync—Amazon’s Whispersync technology saves and
synchronizes your Amazon video and music library across all Amazon
devices. Start watching a movie on an iPhone with the Amazon Video
app, or on a Fire tablet, and pick up where you left off on Fire TV.
Watch on hundreds of devices—Buy a movie or TV show from Amazon
Video and watch it on hundreds of devices that are compatible with the
Amazon Video app, including iOS, Android, and Fire OS devices.
1-Tap Archive—Automatically backs up your Amazon digital
content in the cloud so you never need to worry about losing content.
Top-rated, world-class customer service—When you shop on
Amazon, buy a Fire TV device, or buy digital content from Amazon, you
are also getting Amazon’s world-class customer service.
Free month of Amazon Prime—Amazon continues to invest in
bringing Prime members new movies, TV shows, songs, and books to enjoy
at no additional cost. Prime members enjoy unlimited, commercial-free,
instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime
Video, and unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. Eligible
customers can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime when they
purchase an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
The Fire Family
Amazon Fire TV is available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/fire-tv
for $99.99 and will start shipping October 5.
Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is available for pre-order starting
today at www.amazon.com/fire-tv-voice
for $49.99 and will start shipping October 22.
Amazon also introduced a Fire TV Gaming Edition—read the press release
Customers can also still purchase Fire TV Stick for $39.99 at www.amazon.com/fire-tv-stick.
Amazon also today announced the all-new Fire tablet, Fire Kids Edition,
and Fire HD 8 and 10. To read the press release about the all-new Fire,
to read about the Fire Kids Edition, visit www.amazon.com/kids-edition-pr;
and to read about the all-new Fire HD 8 and 10, visit www.amazon.com/fire-hd-pr.
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