Amazon Isn’t Done Announcing New Hardware

Posted on October 3, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Amazon with 8 Comments

Not too long ago, Amazon announced a plethora of new hardware. After all of those new products, you’d think Amazon is done for this year. But you’d be wrong.

Amazon just announced another new product: the 2018 Fire TV Stick. The updated Fire TV Stick is $10 more expensive than previous generations, but for the price hike, you are getting a lot of new things. And that includes support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, along with HDR10 and 4K support. Support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision will allow for greater picture quality, though you likely won’t notice a big difference.

Another big change with the updated Fire TV Stick is in the remote — it finally includes a power button and volume controls, which have long been a top request from many users. Amazon is also selling the new remote separately as it works with some of the other Fire TV products, so you can make use of the new power button and volume controls if you are willing to spend $29.99.

The new Fire TV Stick will be available for $49.99 and start shipping at the end of this month in North America. It will land in the UK on the 14th of November.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Amazon Isn’t Done Announcing New Hardware”

  1. thea2_

    It would be nice if they included a wired option for this class of product as well; as wifi isn't the all be end.

    • JustDavid

      In reply to thea2_:

      They do, here's one:

  2. jaboonday

    I am beyond glad they finally put a power button and volume controls on the new remote and they're selling it separately. I can finally sell my Logitech Harmony Companion and just use one remote for our bedroom TV now!

  3. jwpear

    Will they prop up their collection of 4K content with this addition? I've all but given up on finding 4K content on Amazon. They don't make it easy. Apple is doing a better job with this and, of late, I've been buying/renting content from them because it is so hard to find on Amazon Video.

    Presumably, there's a point in time where everything is offered in 4K, but until then, we need a way to find the content that is.

    • wright_is

      In reply to jwpear:

      Most of the Amazon Originals are in 4K these days and I usually get the option of 4K film rental, although films / 3rd party series included in Prime are often not available in 4K.

  4. Jeffsters

    Amazon isn’t done looking for ways to collect data on you!

  5. wocowboy

    Amazon's continuing war with Google regarding YouTube is the main reason I cannot consider a Fire Stick. The current solution is just too unwieldy and complicated, so maybe someday if it all gets resolved, but not right now. I wish that Google would allow 4k content to be viewed on the TV, but they don't for some probably wild/unknown reason, but at least there is a YouTube app on the TV.

  6. Tony Barrett

    I switched out both my ATV streamers for an nVidia Shield. Yes, expensive, but it just works and does everything very, very well indeed.