Sideloading and Downloader app work fine on new 2023 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max

With every new Fire TV model, there’s always the concern that something has been done, either deliberately or unintentionally, to prevent access to developer options or to prevent sideloading. Rest assured that both sideloading and developer options, as well as my Downloader app, on the new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max that were released today work exactly as you would expect. Read more ›

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New 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max have been released — What would you like to know about them?

The new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max have been released today in the US. I have them in hand and will begin running them through their paces, as usual. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything specific you want to know about either device and I’ll try to include it in my coverage over the coming days and weeks.

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Comparison table of all recent 2018 thru 2023 4K Fire TV Stick & Cube Models — 1st-gen vs 2nd-gen Firesticks, 4K vs 4K Max vs Cube

With two new high-end Fire TV Stick models announced today, you have more options than ever if you’re looking for a 4k-capable Fire TV. How does the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K stack up against the new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K? What about the same for the old and new 4K Max? How does the latest Fire TV Stick 4K compare to the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max? Is the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube worth the upgrade over the flagship Firesticks? Here’s a comparison table with all the specs for the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K, 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K, 1st-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max, 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube. Read more ›

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Amazon announces 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K & Fire TV Stick 4K Max w/ WiFi 6E, Fire OS 8, higher performance, and more storage

As expected, Amazon has announced a pair of new Fire TV Sticks at its big new devices event this morning. The new Firesticks are a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K, which replaces the previous model released in 2018, and a 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max, which replaces the model released in 2021. Both new devices receive a performance improvement and improved WiFi capabilities, compared to the models they replace. However, as is to be expected, some improvements are found only in the new Max model. Read more ›

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More evidence the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is being replaced with a new model this year

While the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the second newest model in Amazon’s current Fire TV lineup, there have been a few signs that the device will be replaced with a new model this year. Most notably, a recent FCC filing for a pair of devices that appear to be Fire TV Sticks carry strong signs that they are a new Fire TV Stick 4K and 4K Max. Now, what is, in my opinion, the most telling sign that a new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is on the horizon has just occurred. Read more ›

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Fire TV Stick 4K Max will act as an eARC Audio Hub between your Home Theater Equipment and Echo speakers

Much like what was just announced for the Omni and 4-Series Fire TV Smart TVs, Amazon has announced that the Fire TV Stick 4K Max will be gaining support for Alexa Home Theater groups this month. This allows audio from the Firestick to be sent wirelessly to compatible Echo devices for a better home theater audio experience than your TV’s speakers can provide. However, when the feature arrives on the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, it also comes with an extra capability that allows you to hear not only the Firestick’s audio through Echo speakers, but the audio of all of your home theater devices, like cable boxes, game systems, and Blu-ray players. Read more ›

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Your Fire TV Stick 4K Max might be switching down to 1080p without you realizing it

The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a great new device, but if you picked one up during the ongoing $34.99 sale and think the picture looks a bit soft, then you might be facing a bug that some people are experiencing. If you have a Fire TV Stick 4K Max connected to a 4K TV, take a second to check that it is actually outputting in 2160p resolution because some devices, including mine, seem to be switching down to 1080p even though they’ve been set to use the best resolution. Read more ›

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Netflix begins streaming video using AV1 codec to Fire TV devices

Netflix has announced that it will begin streaming video using the AV1 video codec to certain TV devices. The list of devices to get the newly supported video codec from Netlfix is short, but Netlfix tells The Verge that the list includes “select Amazon Fire TV devices with Fire OS 7.” The exact Fire TV models in Netflix’s trial, among those that can support the AV1 codec like the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, is unknown, but your device may be among them. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K Max released in Sweden, Netherlands, and Poland

Amazon has just announced Fire TV devices for Sweden, the Netherlands, and Poland. While customers in those regions have long been able to buy the global Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, this is the first time that dedicated models have come to these three countries. The 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is available to pre-order in each country, with deliveries starting on November 17th. Read more ›

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All Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max Articles & Information

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max has been released today and there is a lot of information to unpack about the new streaming device. I’ll be rounding up all the various articles I write about the new device in this one post, with the most significant first, and keeping it stickied at the top of the site for easy perusal. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about the Firestick 4K Max or if there is something you want me to test. Read more ›

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