The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a small, inexpensive device that lets you stream music and videos from the internet to your TV and allows you to play some video games as well. Priced at $39, it’s a few dollars more expensive than a Google Chromecast and a little cheaper than a Roku.
When Amazon first launched the Fire TV Stick though, the company offered a 2-day deal that let customers pick one up for just $19.
Didn’t get a chance to buy one for $19, or don’t want to pay full price and wait until January for your Fire TV Stick to ship? No problem — now you can buy one for as little as $24.
Staples is selling the Fire TV Stick for $24, and Best Buy has it in stock for $25.
I’ve been using a Fire TV Stick for the past few days, and while it’s not a perfect device (Amazon offers a larger, faster Fire TV with more features, Miracast wireless display features are unreliable on the Stick, the user interface is really geared first and foremost for use with Amazon’s music, video, and photos services, and so on), it’s a pretty nice little device for turning a standard TV into a smart TV.
The Fire TV Stick also has a few features that might make it more attractive than a Chromecast to some users, especially when you can pick one up for about $10 less than a Chromecast. For one thing, the Fire TV Stick comes with a remote control and supports optional accessories such as Bluetooth gamepads. For another, you can sideload apps — including the XBMC/Kodi media center app.
A device with locked bootloader, serve only to buy services of the manufacturer. At this point, if the intention is just to sell services, why Amazon not gift the Fire TV stick ?
I have KODI side loaded on my fire stick and on my fire TV and it runs 1channel or any other XBMC/KODI plugin you want. Also can run android apps.
That is absolutely what I thought. The video services from Amazon was advertised as part of the Prime Membership. Now, with this new development it is not and members are supposed to be grateful Amazon will sell them an adapter? How generous of Amazon to offer a device for only $29 — oh, wait, it is $39 now — And this offer came to me right after I had paid up my Prime Membership — nice timing.
So miracast isn’t that good on it?
Speaking of new Amazon devices, the Echo recently started shipping. Will Liliputing be getting one and doing a review?
Odd that they have it in stock in BestBuy when paid for orders STILL haven’t shipped from Amazon.
My local Best Buy, in a rural area, must have had a 100 or more. There was a display box full of them. I’m guessing they were contracted to provide a certain number of units to certain retail stores, and those shipped before any prime ones did.
Still trying to get miracast to work with my dv8
Are you going to review the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter?
Thanks for the notice on this. I bought two for $20 because of the early prime deal. I needed one more for my mom but they already went out of stock until Jan 15, a little late for christmas.
This isn’t the one you can wave your cane and yell at like a senile Gary Busey trying not to spew his false teeth out, right? Or can you have similar insane tantrums with this one too if you buy some additional voice-remote device?
No that’s the Fire TV. But you can buy the same remote, for $30 more, and the Fire TV Stick will work like the Fire TV, albeit a little slower.
Or you can just use your phone with Amazon’s app for voice control of the Fire TV stick. Strangely, I don’t think Amazon has an app that lets you use your phone for the full Fire TV box.
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