Amazon introduced the Fire TV Stick today, which will be a competitor to Google’s Chromecast, and will be available on November 19th. It will be available for $39 for standard users and $19 for Prime members until Wednesday, October 29th.
The Fire TV Stick comes with better internals, granted that is to be expected given the time difference between the two devices, and it will include 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi and support for 1080p output. The device connects to your TV via an HDMI connection.
The user interface of the Fire TV Stick is similar to Amazon’s Fire TV and is controlled using the Fire TV Stick remote application or through an optional voice-enabled remote that will be available for $30. There is also the option to purchase a gamepad for playing games, where this can be equated to Google’s Nexus Player.
There is a vast list of services that are included in the Fire TV Stick’s lineup including Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Twitch, Pandora, etc. This levels the playing field in streaming technology with other competitors as Amazon has now two devices, the cheaper Amazon Fire TV Stick as well as their standard Amazon Fire TV, which offer similar services with different ways of accessing their content.