The Amazon Fire Stick is a small device the size of a flash drive that plugs into a TVs HDMI port. The Fire Stick enables any TV to a whole lot more, plus stream content over WiFi like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, HBO go. A remote control is included that works with buttons or voice commands, new versions now included Alexa Virtual Assistant. By simply plugging it in a HDMI video interface it could essentially turn any TV.
Launched in 2014 the Fire Stick is currently in contest with Google Chromecast, also Roku. Amazons Fire Stick, Roku, and Chromcast are a new breed of electronic equipment known as Streaming TV Sticks that stream movies and TV shows from online sources.
There are two versions of the Fire Stick using the new version introduced in October 2016. The most recent version comprised updated hardware together with the virtual helper Alexa.
The first variant had a Broadcom BCM28145 Double Vore 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 3.0. The new second generation has a Mediatek 8127D Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.1. The video output signal resolution is exactly the same for both with definition 720p or 1080p.
Following a Fire TV Stick is setup with a TV, a steaming service will be necessary. Amazon, Netflix and Hulu would be the most common online streaming solutions each with their own content. Anyone who has Amazon Prime shipping may also have access to videos on the Fire TV Stick. Amazon has for streaming a free 30 Day Trial.
Besides Fire TV Stick streaming movies and TV shows it may also play games and has Voice controls using Alexa virtual helper. Apps may also be installed to customize the Fire Stick to enhance its ability to do what an owner needs. Amazon also creates the Fire TV Box which is an android TV box which has better hardware but also be more expensive.