The new Amazon Fire TV is on sale for $44.99 for Prime members. This is the first time the 3rd generation Fire TV has ever been priced this low. This latest generation Fire TV had some software issues at launch but they have since been worked out through several software updates. If you’re wondering if the new Fire TV is right for you, take a look at this article where I break down who should or shouldn’t buy the new device. If you’re not a Prime member, you can sign-up for a free trial to get in on this great price. The Fire TV Stick is also on sale today for an all-time low price of $24.99. There’s no word how long either of these sales will last. Since these are the lowest either device has ever been, it’s best to act fast and get your order in soon.
Seems the best deal right now is for $35 you can get the Fire TV for ‘free’ and one month of DirectTV Now service. Though DirecTV seems to be one of the worst streaming services it may be worth it just for the Fire TV.
I agree. Best deal, hands down. And the streaming is actually pretty good [as a whole] and I have no complaints. Can cancel anytime. I tried it. Canceled for a few days and no additional charges. So I signed back in. Though I doubt very much I’ll keep it after the 1 month period is up. Already spending money on Netflix, Hulu +, Amazon, etc…adding this to the monthly roundup of service fees puts me squarely back into cable TV pricing again.
Can someone say ‘Closeout Sale’? Seems like a new New Fire TV is on the horizon.
I hope you are right. The dongle is fine, probably better with Ethernet, and I’m tempted to buy one just have it at this price, but I keep waiting for the next step in fireTV to drop.
The comment section of this website has been proclaiming the death of the 3rd Gen since the day it was released. I don’t know why you people care so much. It isn’t going away. I doubt they’d release a new version less than year from this one, so you can keep holding your breath.
Agreed. It’s quite frustrating that I have to babysit the comments everytime I post anything about the Fire TV 3 because people seem to love arguing about it. I get it that there’s a passionate group that wanted the new Fire TV to be a juggernaut with all the bells and whistles, but that’s just not what the majority of the market wants and Amazon tailors their products for the masses.
Based on the clickthrough traffic I’m seeing, the Fire TV 3 is outselling the Fire TV 2. It’s the least expensive name brand way to get 4K and HDR, so it’s a desirable product that’s not going anywhere.
The worst part is that I’m sure this hate and headache is all going to resurface in a month or two when the “cube” Fire TV is released. People are hoping it’s going to outperform everything and come with every port and capability imaginable, but I highly doubt that will be the case. It’s almost certainly going to have specs identical to the Fire TV 3 but with Echo Dot capabilities and an IR blaster.
My prediction is that the Fire TV 3 will be around until at the very least this Oct/Nov and then be replaced by a Fire TV Stick that can do 4K and HDR. The Fire TV “cube” will be released in the coming months and stick around as the flagship Fire TV until at least mid-to-late 2019. The Fire TV Stick 2 will get a slight refresh this Oct/Nov, but nothing major. That new Fire TV Stick 3 will stay in the lineup as a 1080p device until hardware costs make it feasible to sell a 4K Fire TV Stick for $40. This is all wild speculation.
I think the second gen stick is still fine for a 1080p only device. Instead of releasing a third generation stick, they could just bring Fire OS 6 to it which may increase performance. The Fire TV 3 in my opinion was never meant to be more than a 4K/HDR capable stick. So maybe they will change the form factor, because many people seem to not really like the dongle thing hanging around. And I also expect the upcoming cube to use the same hardware base as the FTV3, just using another casing with added Echo functionality, IR blaster and some more additional ports. So people shouldn’t expect too much from it.
But with this line up Amazon would have a cheap 1080p device (Stick 2), a 4K/HDR capable “stick” (FTV3) for people owning a 4K TV, but don’t care about Echo functionality and the upcoming Cube for people wanting a hands-free experience. Would make sense for me.
Personally I would really like to see that Cinema Mode being released, so I could have automatic refresh rate switching on the Fire TV. If this would be a feature exclusive to Fire OS 6 and only available on one of the upcoming devices, this would be the only reason I would consider buying a new Fire device and retiring my second Gen stick.
“many people seem to not really like the dongle thing hanging around.”
I’ve seen this argument many times and I still can’t tell if it’s a joke or not. Why would you care if it’s a dongle or a stick? The thing weighs like an ounce, so it definitely doesn’t put any stress on your HDMI ports. And it sits behind your TV where no one can see it.
Why would anyone possibly care if it sticks out or hangs down? This is the silliest argument I’ve ever heard in my life.
I figured what the heck, I’ll upgrade the Fire Stick and be prepared when I upgrade to 4k with the TV. Does anyone know if I can keep the power supply plugged in for the fire stick and use it for the Pendant? Are they interchangeable?
No, the one for the pendant is capable of a higher amperage draw.
Yes, they are interchangeable. The pendant works flawlessly using the stick power brick.
I would think they use different amounts of power. I looked at the specs for both at Amazon.com and did not easily find out the answer. We already know that using the TV USB power is not the better way to power them. They perform better when using the AC adapter.
Just opened mine today. I am using it in Colombia.
Not bad. I wished Amazon would support more its overseas customers.
I know Amazon is just getting started with the i18n of its products. We have the Fire Tv Stick Basic Edition, but it is very pricey.
I have Walmart’s Mi Box and it is very usable in Colombia. Too bad it doesnt support HDR
I hope the Fire TV Cube will finally be available.
Does this Fire TV 3rd Gen have the ability to read a FAT32 drive?
yes but it natively has no usb so you need an otg adapter in order to read usb.
I found this “Connection Kit” on eBay will that work?
I bought the older remote without the microphone. Amazon records everything you say and transcribes it to text. The information is used for marketing and is available for subpoena by law enforcement agencies.
Do the Amazon iPhone and Android apps also surreptitiously record you or it’s only Amazon hardware devices like the remote, Echo and Dot do?
Has anyone been successfully able to use Google Play services on the FTV3? The guide for using Google Play Music and Movieson the stick still works well but for the life of me I can’t get it working on the FTV3. I’ve tried numerous different versions of the play services apk and the google account manager apk. The furthest I can get is to the point were it says something like “Logging in, this may take a few minutes” then it just hangs there until judgement day.
pendant firetv FREE with $35 -1 month prepay for directv now app
cancel after 1 month no problem keep dongle (was headed to BB to get 1 for
$44.99 this week same as amazon,i also picked up a AppleTV 4k also with 3 month
prepay..105 for it..again cancel after term (or continue @$35/mo)
both were available and stocked local att store