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Amazon's compact streaming device will let you watch 4K content on the big screen.

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What is the Amazon Fire TV?

Originally launching in 2014 and having been through a few different upgrades, the Amazon Fire TV is a digital media streaming device that plugs directly into an HDMI port on the back of your TV and connects to the Internet to stream content from a number of streaming services.

The most recent iteration of the Fire TV is a compact square device that offers 4K streaming with HDR on compatible TVs and comes with a special remote control with integrated Alexa support, so you can control it with the power of your voice. You can also control the Fire TV with any Amazon Echo device, much like Google Home can control the Chromecast Ultra.

While the Fire TV comes with integrated 802.11ac connectivity for the best possible Wi-Fi connection, Amazon also offers an optional Ethernet connector for a wired connection.

If your television isn't capable of displaying 4K resolution, there is also the Fire TV stick, which offers the same functionality in a slightly smaller form factor and streams 1080p video.

What can the Amazon Fire TV do?

As you would expect from a streaming device, the Fire TV streams audio and video from the Internet. It's notable for being able to stream 4K content with HDR-10 compatibility as well as support for Dolby Atmos audio tracks if you have a compatible speaker setup.

The Fire TV offers support for Amazon's own video streaming service, Prime Video as well as support for Netflix, YouTube and over 190 different channels in the US.

Given that it integrates closely with Amazon's smart home platform Alexa, you can also use it as a portal to turn your TV into a visual display for any compatible Alexa "Skill".

This could be anything from showing who's at the front door after connecting a smart camera doorbell or even streaming video of your baby in the nursery using a compatible indoor camera.

What devices are compatible with the Amazon Fire TV?

Because it uses a standard HDMI connection, you can plug the Fire TV into the HDMI port of any TV. To get the best performance from the streaming device, your TV should be 4K-compatible and support HDR-10, but if it doesn't, the Fire TV will still work. It will just output video quality at the maximum resolution your TV can handle.

When will the Amazon Fire TV be available in Australia?

At present, the Amazon Fire TV isn't available in Australia, and there's no indication the product will launch here even as Amazon makes its big play into Australia.

How much will the Amazon Fire TV cost?

There's currently no indication the Fire TV will launch in Australia, but based on US pricing of US$69.99, if Amazon ever does launch in Australia, you would expect it to have an RRP around the AUD$100 mark.

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65mm x 65mm x 15mm
87.1 g
Amlogic Quad-core 1.5 GHz | ARM 4xCA53
Mali450 MP3
Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
8GB internal
4.2 + LE

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