Physical Overview and Comparison of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and new Alexa Voice Remote

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has been released today. Before digging into the performance of the new streaming device, here’s a comparison of how it physically stacks up against previous Fire TV Sticks as well as a look at what comes with the Fire TV Stick 4K. Of course, one of the items included is the new Alexa Voice Remote, which now includes power and volume buttons for the first time, so here’s a comparison of the new and old remotes as well. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is arriving early for some customers

The all-new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K will officially be released tomorrow but some customers have already received their pre-orders early. AFTVnews reader Mike M. is one of those lucky customers and big thanks to him for providing these photos that give us our first look at the new box. Let me know in the comments below what questions you have about the new Fire TV Stick 4K and I’ll do my best to answer them once my pre-orders arrive. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K will support hardware 1080i deinterlacing for OTA tuners

A feature that is too often neglected by streaming media players is the ability to deinterlace 1080i video on the hardware level. This is an important capability for people with over-the-air tuners, like an HDHomeRun, that watch broadcast channels on their streaming media players. If you’re one of those people and are interested in the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, rest assured because the new device does support hardware accelerated MPEG-2 video for smooth 1080i viewing at up to 60 fps. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K will support Video Frame Rate Matching

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. Read more ›

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Amazon announces Fire TV Stick 4K with new Alexa Voice Remote, equipment control capabilities, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10+

Amazon has just announced a new Fire TV Stick 4K for $49.99 with support for 2160p Ultra HD video. The Fire TV Stick 4K is the first streaming device ever to support all three major high dynamic range standards, which are Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+, as well as Dolby Atmos surround sound audio, making it the most future-proof streaming device on the market. As if that weren’t impressive enough, the Fire TV Stick 4K comes with an all-new Alexa voice remote that finally has built-in power, volume, and mute buttons to directly control your TV and audio equipment. The new remote, which will be sold separately for $29.99 and is backward compatible with older Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, also has the same exact universal remote capabilities as the Fire TV Cube, so that you can use Alexa to control home theater equipment, switch inputs, and tune to channels on your cable box. Read more ›

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