The newly announced Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has replaced the 3rd-gen Fire TV (pendant) in Amazon’s Fire TV lineup by seemingly being better than it in almost every way. However, one highly sought after feature by home theater enthusiasts, that is currently uniquely available on only the Fire TV 3, is Video Frame Rate Matching. This is the feature, that arrived in a recent update, that allows the Fire TV to adjust the TVs refresh rate to match the frame rate of the video people played, resulting in perfect one-to-one picture syncing. The good news is that Amazon has confirmed to me that Frame Rate Matching will be available on the new Fire TV stick 4K.
I suspect that Frame Rate Matching is one of those features that mostly appeals to enthusiasts (a.k.a. crazy tech nuts) like myself and those that frequent this site. Since the feature hasn’t yet made its way to any Fire TV models other than the now discontinued Fire TV 3 (pendant), there was a bit of concern that it would be left behind as an abandoned experimental feature. Thankfully, that isn’t going to be the case because the Fire TV Stick 4K will support the feature. This new Stick is shaping up to be a killer streaming media player that continues to check all the right boxes.
I still don’t know if Frame Rate Matching will be coming to other existing Fire TV models, but I’m confident that at least the Amazon Fire TV Cube will eventually receive the feature. The Fire TV Cube is currently on a 6.2.2.X version of Fire OS, while the Fire TV 3 received the Frame Rate Matching feature when it was updated to a 6.2.5.X version of Fire OS, so the Fire TV Cube is lagging behind a bit, probably due to its much more complex set of universal control features. I expect that when the Fire TV Cube gets updated to 6.2.5.X or newer, which will probably around the end of the month when the new package that includes the new Alexa Voice Remote ships, we’ll see the Frame Rate Matching feature get added.