The Fire TV Stick is #1 best-selling streaming media player, with Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen). Use the dedicated power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, soundbar, and receiver. Launch and control content with the Alexa Voice Remote.
Watch favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, STARZ, SHOWTIME, or CBS All Access, plus stream for free with Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and others. Fire TV Stick devices have more storage for apps and games than any other streaming media stick. Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus browse millions of websites like Facebook and Reddit using Firefox or Silk.
Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player—view live camera feeds, check the weather, dim the lights, and stream music.
Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling, and others.
Switch seamlessly between your headphones and sound system—pair compatible Bluetooth headphones with Fire TV to listen to movies, TV shows, and music.
Release Date: 2016
Fire TV Stick Technical Details:
|Size||3.4″ x 1.2″ x 0.5″ (85.9mm x 30.0mm x 12.6mm)|
|Weight||1.1 oz (32.0 g)|
|Processor||Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz|
|Storage||8 GB Internal|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi supports 2×2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.1 + LE|
|Voice Support||Yes, with the Alexa Voice Remote (Included) or Fire TV App (Available for download on Fire OS, Android, and iOS)|
|IR Device Control with included Alexa Voice remote||The included Alexa Voice Remote can control the Fire TV Stick and certain functions (such as power and volume) on a wide range of compatible IR-enabled devices, including TV’s, soundbars, and A/V receivers. Note: Certain functions may not be available on some IR-enabled devices.|
|Cloud Storage||Free cloud storage for digital content purchased from Amazon|
|Ports||HDMI output, Micro USB for power only|
|Audio Support||Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 1ch stereo, and HDMI audio pass-through up to 7.1|
|Content formats supported||Video: h.264 1080p30H.265 1080p30 Audio: AAC-LC, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (eAAC+), AC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MIDI, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis, AMR-NB, AMR-WB. Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP|
|Output resolution supported||720p and 1080p up to 60 fps|
|System Requirements||High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet|
|TV Compatibility||Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable with 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models|
|Warranty and Service||90-day limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers and separately. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms.|
|Regional Support||Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.|
|Accessibility Features||Voiceview screen reader enables access to the vast majority of the Fire TV features for users who are blind or visually impaired. Screen magnifier enables viewers to zoom in and out and pan around the screen. Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are available for all content.|
Alexa Voice Remote Technical Details:
|Size||38 mm x 142 mm x 16 mm|
|Weight||1.1 oz (32.0 g)|
|Batteries||2 AAA (Included)|
|Technology||Bluetooth and Infrared|
|Compatibility||Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Cube, Fire TV (3rd Gen Pendant Design), Fire TV Stick 4K|
Included in the box:
The 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick is quite similar to the old design of the 1st Generation. The stick is designed to plug straight into an HDMI port on the back of your TV but some find the Fire Stick TV’s hardware a little wider than a standard HDMI cable. A male-to-female HDMI cable is included in the box for such issue.
Now, if you have a newer type of TV then charging the Fire TV Stick is easier. On the side of the Fire TV Stick is a USB port for powering the device. For newer TV, there is a USB Port at the back for powering gadgets. It also comes with power adapter that should be long enough to reach a power supply or outlet.
The 2nd Generation also has several upgrades – Wi-Fi from 802.11n to 802.11ac standard, CPU has been upgraded from dual-core to a quad-core, with Dolby support to 5.1 and Bluetooth version from 3.0 to 4.1. Unfortunately, the resolution stays at 1080p. Amazon gives you the option to go for Fire Stick TV 4K but it’s an additional $10.
Another change with the 2nd Generation is the remote. The remote has the same 6 bottom buttons but it has voice control button now, that you have to hold down to use Alexa. So instead of typing the show you want to watch, you can use voice search.
Scrolling through menus is easy and quick. If you are a person who has not tried a streaming device before, the user interface is pretty easy to understand. Setting up the Fire Stick TV is also easy and straightforward and won’t get confused with the steps.
“I like the firestick for the ease of use. The volume control works with my soundbar were my tv remote will not. My only issue is with the Sling tv $45.00 credit. It requires you to sign up for a $25.00 a month plan and gives you a $15.00 a month credit for the first 3 months. I currently have cable and was interested in trying Sling to see if It would work in place of my cable. I am not willing to pay $10.00 a month for 3 months to get sling when I am already paying for the same channels that I am getting with my cable company. I am disabled on a fixed income and thought that the credit would allow me to try the service without cost.” – 4-star rating from Megan on Amazon.com
“Only had this item for about a week. But since Amazon sent me an email asking me to review it here are my observations so far.
It needs to plug into the wall and does not plug into my TVs USB like my Chromecast.
It has no lights on the remote making it hard to use in the dark
The voice button is too close to the power button and too often I shut the TV off instead of calling up Alexa
Alexa will not listen to me all the time, it appears to have a very limited selection of commands
Alexa has a learning curve – My Wife could hear me shouting at Alexa from the other room as she would not do what I asked, I found out you did not have to say Alexa and you had to hold the voice button down.
The home screen is cluttered and hard to figure out what I want to do. For example, I wish to find all the Amazon movies I bought and it is buried somewhere in the menu. I would suggest my movies button showing just my library of movies.
The search button brings up movies versions I did not buy and it was not clear which was the one I did buy, I had to open each file to find You Own this
Set up is slow-talking about 40 minutes to get fully set up
All of Amazon is at my fingertips
It works fast
Streaming works well
Easy to set up.
Delivers what it promises to do
Connected and controls the TV without any effort and reduces the need for the second remote (And if I am lucky will totally replace the remote, but I am not sure yet)
So now I have a Choromecast, Roku and a fire stick. Not sure which one I like the best, I think each one has it’s pros and cons. But Amazon just notified me that are discontinuing support for WII U, our favorite streaming device, so we need another option to watch Amazon shows and the Google Comcast is no use in this area.
If you know what you want to watch this works well, if not it has 101 choices.
And who knows what I will discover in the next few weeks of using this product, I might even overcome some of the negatives just by understanding this complicated thing more.” – 4-star rating from Styx_Ray on Amazon.com
“#1: It doesn’t stream Amazon Prime videos when it’s connected to a router running a VPN. Amazon doesn’t allow it. You can watch Netflix on the Firestick behind a VPN. For protection, everyone should be running a VPN and it’s best to run it on your router, that way everything on the network is encrypted. I could add another router just for the firestick but I shouldn’t have to spend more money and time setting it up. There’s nothing wrong with being behind a VPN.
#2 It reboots itself all the time. I’ve researched the problem and it looks like the 1 amp power supply that comes with it isn’t enough to run it and it needs a 2 amp supply to fix it. The power supply is under a dresser that I had to move to plug it in originally. That dresser is screwed to the wall so the grandkids can’t pull it over on themselves. It was a pain to install and now I have to do it all over again to change the junkie power supply.
#3 It comes set up so it sends info back to amazon on what you watch and do with it even on apps that are not Amazons. You can turn it off but they shouldn’t spy on their customers. They get to see what I watch on Amazon prime but they don’t deserve to see what I watch on other apps.
Very disappointed.” – 1-star rating from a user on Amazon.com
Why Do We Love This Product?
The Fire Stick TV 2nd Generation is a less expensive option if you want to upgrade your entertainment system. With its easy setup and friendly user interface, any first-timers with a streaming device won’t have any problems.
The Alexa Voice Remote 2nd Generation is a great way to navigate especially with the extra speed from the upgraded processed and Wi-Fi.