The Amazon Fire TV has had some supply instability recently, which is likely an indication that new hardware is on the horizon. The Fire TV went out of stock as a result of the Prime Day sale in July. It didn’t come back in stock until earlier this week. All of Amazon’s other devices that went out of stock after Prime Day were back in stock within 2 weeks. Today, the Fire TV Voice Remote just went out of stock, for the first time ever, with an expected return date of Spetember 16th. The Fire TV’s long hiatus, and the Voice Remote’s sudden shortage, is a good indicator that both will likely be replaced soon. What’s most surprising though, is the Fire TV Stick’s supply stability.
The Fire TV Stick is Amazon’s oldest Fire TV hardware. Given that it was released nearly 2 years ago, I exepcted it to definitely be replaced soon, but I’m not so sure anymore. After selling out on Prime Day, the Fire TV Stick was back in stock within a couple weeks, indicating Amazon’s factories are still churning new ones out.
Given that the Fire TV Stick is still Amazon’s best selling Fire TV model, it might be kept around as an inexpensive entry product for the Fire TV line of devices. While the Fire TV Stick no longer holds the title of fastest streaming stick, a title the new Roku Stick claimed, it still has the most RAM of any streaming stick and is perfectly sufficient for streaming 1080p content.
Amazon has been much better at controlling leaks this year than in the past, so all I can do is speculate. If I had to throw out a guess, I’d say the 2016-2017 Fire TV lineup will consist of: the current non-voice Fire TV Stick, possibly at a lower price, an all-new Fire TV Stick bundled with an all-new voice remote, and a new Fire TV 3, with the same new voice remote used by the new Stick. Sprinkle in some gaming bundles here and there for good measure.