Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player and its microconsole remote developed by Amazon. The device is a small network appliance that can deliver digital audio/video content streamed via the internet, to a high-definition television. It also allows users to play video games with the included remote, via a mobile app, or with an optional game controller.
The device comes in two form factors: Fire TV, a set top box, and Fire TV Stick a cut-down version presented as an HDMI plug-in stick.
The first-generation Fire TV device featured 2 GB of RAM, MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi, and a Bluetooth remote control with a microphone for voice search. It supported 1080p streaming and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound but was dependent on internet bandwidth of the user. Unveiled on April 2, 2014, the Amazon Fire TV (1st Generation) was made available for purchase in the US the same day for US$99 and was launched with a video game called Sev Zero.
In 2015, the Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation) was released with improved processor speed and 4K UHD support. Amazon Fire TV is also available in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and launched in India in 2016.
In September 2018, Amazon announced the Fire TV Recast, a digital video recorder which works with a HD antenna to record shows for later viewing on a Fire TV or Echo Show device. It is designed for use with over-the-air TV services and is a part of the cord-cutting movement.
In October 2018, Amazon announced the latest Fire TV Stick which offers 4K UHD for $50. It is designed as an affordable device with the 4K UHD playback that higher-end Fire TV devices have.
|Amazon Fire TV|
Amazon Fire TV with remote (first generation)
|Type||Digital media player, microconsole|
|Operating system||Fire OS 5 "Bellini"|
|System-on-chip used||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T|
MediaTek MT8173C (2nd Gen)
|CPU||Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core up to 1.7 GHz (1st generation)|
dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 up to 2 GHz and dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 up to 1.573 GHz (2nd generation)
|Memory||2 GB LPDDR2 RAM|
|Storage||8 GB internal|
|Display||1080p and 4K|
|Graphics||Qualcomm Adreno 320 (1st Gen)|
PowerVR GX6250 (2nd Gen)
|Sound||Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound|
|Connectivity||HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), 10/100 Ethernet, Fire game controller|
|Power||5.5 mm DC (6.25 V 2.5 A power adapter)|
|Dimensions||115 × 115 × 17.5 mm (4.53 × 4.53 × 0.69 in)|
|Mass||281 g (9.9 oz)|
|Related articles||Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Ouya|
The first Fire TV (codenamed "Bueller" after the eponymous character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off) offers HDMI audio, with support for Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound pass-through, along with an Ethernet port and a USB 2.0 port. According to Amazon, the Fire TV is designed to outpace competitors like the Apple TV and Roku in performance: The 0.72-inch-thick box features a 1.7 GHz quad-core CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064), 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, along with a dual-band wireless radio for 1080p streaming over 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and a 10/100 ethernet connection. The company said that it does not intend the Fire TV to compete with gaming consoles; instead, its gaming capabilities are geared toward people who do not already own a console but may play games on a smartphone or tablet. It has a dedicated controller accessory.
Amazon released a 2nd-generation Fire TV, codenamed "Sloane", in late 2015. The 2nd generation now features 4K Ultra High Definition support, improved processor performance, and a MediaTek 8173C chipset to support H.265 (HEVC), VP8, and VP9 codecs. Wireless hardware upgrades includes a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1.
On September 27, 2017, Amazon announced the third generation Fire TV alongside five other new Amazon products.
On October 3, 2018, Amazon has announced discontinuing Fire TV in favor of Fire TV Stick.
On November 19, 2014, Amazon released a smaller version of the Fire TV called the Fire TV Stick. Codenamed "Montoya", it is an HDMI-port plug-in device that replicates much of the functionality of the larger Fire TV. Its hardware is slightly different, it has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, weighs 0.9 oz. (25.1 g) and it uses a Broadcom BCM28155 dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and a Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU. Wireless hardware includes a dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth 3.0  The Fire TV Stick is bundled with a remote control, in either of two variants; one with voice search on the remote and one without.
On October 20, 2016, Amazon released Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, codenamed "Tank". Other than the new remote, the updates include MediaTek MT8127D Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz processor with a Mali-450 MP4 GPU, and support for the H.265 (HEVC) codec. Wireless hardware upgrades includes a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1. It retains the 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage and weighs slightly more at 1.1 oz. (32.0 g).
On October 3, 2018, Amazon announced the Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote. Included for the first time are buttons for volume, power, and mute. Amazon scheduled the release date for October 31, 2018, which will also introduce the new remote control as a standalone product.
The Fire TV Stick 4K delivers Ultra HD and HDR streaming through an HDMI dongle that costs $50. It is the first media stick to support Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ that promises higher video and audio quality to compatible audio systems and TVs. The device also syncs with Amazon's Alexa Voice Remote with features like Bluetooth, "multi-directional" infrared and buttons for power, volume and muting. Furthermore, Amazon announced that in-app Alexa control will be featured in more specialized video service, such as AMC, HBO Now, A&E, VH1 and Sony Crackle, among others.
The Fire TV Stick 4K also has a 1.7GHz processor, faster than the 2017 Fire TV, and a 4K streamer with dangling "pendant" designs. Amazon predicts smoother response times and faster loading in this edition. Germany, India and the UK were to release the Fire TV Stick 4K on November 14 and Japan to receive it by the end of 2018.
On March 24, 2015, Amazon announced an update to the Fire TV software to provide the following additional features which address some of the concerns raised in early reviews:
Providers that can be streamed on the Fire TV Stick include A&E, Amazon Prime Videos, BBC News, Bloomberg TV, CBS All Access, Crackle, Disney Junior, HBO NOW, History Channel, Huff Post Live, Hulu, Hulu Plus, iHeart Radio, MLB TV Premium, NBA Game Time, Netflix, PBS Kids, Showtime, Spotify, Vimeo, Watch ESPN, Watch Food Network, Watch HGTV, and YouTube. 
|Generation (within Fire TV)||1st generation (2014)||1st generation (2014)||2nd generation (2015)||2nd generation (2016)||3rd generation (2017)||1st generation (2018)||3rd generation (2018)|
|Model||Fire TV||Fire TV Stick||Fire TV||Fire TV Stick||Fire TV||Fire TV Cube||Fire TV Stick 4K|
|Release date||April 12, 2014||November 19, 2014||September 29, 2015||October 20, 2016||October 25, 2017||June 21, 2018||October 31, 2018|
|OS ||Fire OS 5||Fire OS 6|
|System Version ||188.8.131.52||6.0|
|Family||Snapdragon 600||Quad-core ARM big.LITTLE|
|Cores||4x Krait 300 @ 1.7 GHz||2x ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.0 GHz||2x ARM Cortex-A72 @ 2 GHz and
2x ARM Cortex-A53 @1.573 GHz
|4x ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.3 GHz||4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.5 GHz||4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.7 GHz|
|GPU||Designer||Qualcomm||Broadcom||Imagination Technologies||ARM||Imagination Technologies|
|Model||320||Capri VC4||GX6250||450 MP4||450 MP3||IMG GE8300|
|OpenCL||1.1 embedded profile||n/a||1.2||n/a||1.2|
|MPEG-4, H.263, H.264||MPEG-4, H.263, H.264||MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9||MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, H.265||MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, VP9||MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.263 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9|
|RAM||2 GB LPDDR2||1 GB LPDDR2
(512 MB system, 512 MB video)
|2 GB LPDDR3||1 GB LPDDR3||2 GB||1.5GB DDR4|
|Storage||Internal||8 GB NAND Flash||8 GB||16 GB||8 GB|
|External||USB up to 128 GB||n/a||Up to 128 GB microSDXC||n/a||Micro USB|
HID, SPP Profiles
HID, SPP Profiles
HID, HFP, SPP profiles
A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HID, IOPT profiles
|BT 4.2 + LE
Supported profiles: A2DP 1.2-SRC, AVRCP 1.0-TG, HID 1.0-Host, HOGP 1.0-Host
|Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0 + LE|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n
|Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n
|Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac
|Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac
|Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
|Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi supports 2x2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Dimensions||84.9 mm x 25.0 mm x 11.5 mm||115 mm x 115 mm x 17.8 mm
4.5" x 4.5" x 0.7"
|85.9 mm x 30.0 mm x 12.6 mm
3.4" x 1.2" x 0.5"
|65.0 mm x 65.0 mm x 15.0 mm
2.6” x 2.6” x 0.6”
|86.1 mm x 86.1 mm x 76.9 mm
3.4” x 3.4” x 3.0”
|38 mm x 142 mm x 16 mm|
|Power Supply||6.25V, 2.5A, 16W, DC
Plug: 5.5mm (outer) x 2.5mm (inner)
|5V, 1A, 5W, DC
Micro USB Cable and USB Power Adapter required
|15V, 1.4A, 21W, DC
Plug: 3mm (outer) x 1mm (inner)
|5V, 1A, 5W, DC
Micro USB Cable and USB Power Adapter required
|5.2V, 1.8A, 9W, DC
Micro USB Cable and USB Power Adapter required
Dan Seifert from The Verge reviewed Fire TV on April 4, 2014, giving it an 8.8/10 rating and largely praising its functionality and future potential. Dave Smith from ReadWrite wrote, "Fire TV aims to be the cure for what ails TV set-top boxes." GeekWire editor Andy Liu's review is headlined "Amazon's Fire TV sets a new bar for streaming boxes." Ars Technica praised the device for specifications that surpassed competitors, good build quality, and a microphone works very well if you use Amazon content. However, the reviewer disliked the fact that its media browser puts Amazon content in the front, which makes other applications less convenient to use, limited game selection with many games not optimized, and only 5.16GB of free space, which limits the number of games that can be installed.
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In August 2014, a revised version of Flappy Bird, called Flappy Birds Family, was released exclusively for the Amazon Fire TV. Bay Tek Games also released a licensed coin-operated Flappy Bird arcade game.Kabillion
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