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4K UHD-capable Amazon Fire TV selling for newly discounted prices on Amazon.com

by on February 21, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – February 21, 2016

The Amazon Fire TV platform, which we’ve both reviewed and covered in the news extensively here at 4K.com is one of several new external smart TV and content platforms with 4K capacity to hit viewers homes in the last few months.

In the case of this particular set-top box, while it offers up a content access platform that definitely biases in favor of Amazon services (obviously enough) the overall offerings from other content providers like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and others are also certainly there, and to top things off, as we’ve already said, 4K Ultra HD support is part and parcel of the whole package, from Amazon Prime Instant Video and from other sources like Netflix as well.

In any case, for a limited time, the Amazon Fire TV system is being sold from its mother website for a 15% discount, bringing the overall price down to $84.99, for a limited time, at least according to Amazon.

We should note that the same discount deal doesn’t apply to the Gaming Edition of the Fire TV platform, though this latter and more powerful version of Fire TV, with a gaming controller and access to online games included is now also selling for an 11% discount, bringing its former price of $139.99 down to $124.99.

Both platforms offer full support for 4K ultra HD content with and without HDR and both offer access to the most of the same apps, including content and media sources like Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu and numerous other video sources. Additionally, Amazon’s Alexa Fire TV voice search assistant is installed in both Fire TV versions, with some pretty impressive speech recognition technology in our view.

Existing subscribers of the Amazon Prime service will also benefit from unlimited access to Prime Video (including some 4K titles) and can also enjoy access to more than 1 million songs through Prime Music.

Best of all, the whole above package can not only be used on almost any newer model 4K TVs but is also available on many HD TV models.

Some of the connectivity ports in the Amazon Fire TV 4K set-top box

Some of the connectivity ports in the Amazon Fire TV 4K set-top box

Both Amazon Fire TV and the Fire TV Gaming version offer up high-level WiFi support, HEVC decoding for 4K content, quad-core processors, 2GB of RAM and a rather weak but tolerable 8GB of storage, which shouldn’t be too problematic since Fire TV is essentially a streaming media platform and can in any case have its storage expanded optionally to 128GB. The Gaming version of Fire TV also comes with two games included along with the above-mentioned gaming controller, which can double as a remote.

HDCP 2.2 content copy protection is an integral part of the Amazon Fire TV platform and it’s widely compatible with HD and 4K UHD TVs from brands like LG, Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, and a number of others, including Panasonic and Hisense.

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