The Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 has been out of stock for a little while, and now the Fire TV 2 has been going in and out of stock the last couple of days. I like to keep an eye on the availability of Amazon’s devices because low supply is often a good indication of next generation devices being released soon, but I don’t think that’s the case right now. It seems as if the voice remote might be having production issues, which is limiting the supply of Fire TV and Fire TV Stick bundles that include the voice remote.
The Fire TV Stick 2 was just released a few months ago, so it’s extremely unlikely that it being out of stock is due to a new model on the horizon. The Fire TV 2, on the other hand, is over a year old now and will likely be updated or replaced some time this year. While it’s easy to assume the Fire TV 2’s low supply is due to an upcoming new model, there is evidence that Amazon is having trouble making enough voice remotes, and that is limiting the supply of all devices that come with the voice remote.
The Voice Remote has been out of stock, with an expected ship date of 2 to 3 months, ever since August of last year. It’s very unusual for any Amazon hardware currently in production to be in short supply for that long. This is the first piece of evidence that voice remote production issues are the cause for the low supply of other Fire TV bundles.
All Fire TV and Fire TV Stick bundles that include the voice remote are in low supply, while all bundles that don’t include the voice remote are in stock. In the US, the Fire TV Stick 2 and main Fire TV 2 are having supply issues, while the Fire TV Gaming Edition, which includes a game controller instead of the voice remote, is in stock. In the UK, the Fire TV 2 is out of stock and the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick with a Voice Remote has been removed from the site entirely. However, the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick with the older non-voice remote is in stock, even though it is the bundle that will most likely be discontinued first, since the Fire TV Stick 2 will probably be launching in the UK soon.
It’s all just speculation, but it seems as though Amazon is having issues making enough Fire TV voice remotes. If you’re thinking about buying a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick bundle with a voice remote, it’s probably best to get your order in sooner, rather than later. I expect the next Fire TV related launch to be the Fire TV Stick 2 overseas, so if Amazon is indeed having voice remote supply issues, they’ll probably devote all production to that launch, which would limit Fire TV 2 supply even more.