Amazon Fire TV vs Fire TV Stick Comparison

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With today’s announcement of the Fire TV Stick, you now have an option as to which Amazon streaming device is right for you. Here is a full comparison of the two devices.

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Amazon Fire TV
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Amazon Fire TV Stick
Price$99
$124 Gamers Bundle
$39
($19 for Prime Members until Oct. 29)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon
Quad Core
1.7Ghz
Broadcom Capri
Dual Core
1.2Ghz (unconfirmed)
1Ghz
Graphics ArchitectureIndependent GPUIntegrated Graphics
GPUAdreno 320VideoCore4
Integrated into CPU
Gaming Capability"High Performance"
300+ Games
"Casual"
200+ Games
Memory2GB Memory1GB Memory
Storage8GB Storage8GB Storage
Included Remote ControlYes
Voice Remote
Yes
Non-Voice Remote
Included Game ControlOnly in Gamers BundleNo (Sold Separately)
Voice SearchYes, via Voice Remote (Included) or Fire TV Remote AppYes, via Voice Remote (Sold Separately) or Fire TV Remote App
EthernetYesNo
WifiYes with MIMO
802.11a/b/g/n
Yes with MIMO
802.11a/b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 3.0
Optical Audio OutYesNo
HDMI PortType A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCPType A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP
USBFull Size USB 2.0 Type A
(No official use, but can be used w/ rooted Fire TV)
Micro USB
"For Power Only"
(We'll see about that...)
Video FormatsH.264, H.263, MPEG4-SP, VC1H.264
Audio FormatsAAC, AC3, eAC3, MP3, PCM/Wave, HE-AAAC, AC3, eAC3, MP3, PCM/Wave, FLAC, Vorbis
HDMI CableIncluded in Gamers Bundle OnlyHDMI Extender Cable Included
Power AdapterProprietary
(Included)
Micro USB
(USB cable & separate power adapter included)
Warranty1 Year Limited Warranty1 Year Limited Warranty
Price$99
$124 Gamers Bundle
$39
($19 for Prime Members until Oct. 29)

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9 comments
  1. John says:

    Thank you. Had been looking for a good comparison all over.

  2. robert says:

    I would love to see confirmation on the CPU specs.

  3. Barry says:

    The most important question, can XBMC be side loaded onto it? thanks

  4. J says:

    Yes please let us know if xbmc can install, or if we can root this stick if needed? I hv 2 fire tv boxes still in package, ready to root… Can we side load apps to this stick, like showbox, popcorn time etc?

  5. Matthew the frog says:

    I ordered the Fire TV Stick today (From the AFTVnews link) and already have two AFTVs.

    I note that in reading this article you say ‘VC1’ is supported on the AFTV; it does not work (no hardware decoding). I know the product page on Amazon.com says that it is supported, but it is not listed on the developer’s supported codec page and it hates VC1. It _might_ be able to play low-def VC1, but I don’t have any of those files.

    Maybe someday they will fix it, but I don’t think it impacts many of AFTV’s users.

  6. JRock says:

    Was VC1 ever confirmed to work with AFTV? I feel like that was a big debate on xbmc forums when it first came out and that it was listed, but didn’t actually work.

    Doesn’t matter to me, just remember reading a lot about VC1 lack of support/info.

  7. Mary Jane Muller says:

    Do I need to purchase ANYTHING ELSE! I read somewhere that I need to purchase another cable.
    Fine, just tell me what to purchase. I’d like to start using the STICK ASAP!
    Many thanks.
    MJMuller

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