Amazon's new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

  • Amazon's new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

The Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote won't be shipping out until October 20, but those interested in picking one up can pre-order one now for $39.99 from Amazon. A few weeks ago, the company announced an update that would bring its friendly voice assistant to its TV streaming hardware solutions, the set top Fire TV and its smaller dongle-based brethren, the Fire TV Stick.

Great content selection - With over 7,000 channels, apps, and Alexa skills and access to more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes, it's easy to find great content on Fire TV.

The new Fire TV Stick pretty much looks like last year's model, but features a more powerful quad-core processor, which should make for a snappier user experience. Amazon says that these changes will make the new Fire TV Stick "up to 30 percent faster than the original". It's now available for pre-order, and will start shipping to USA customers on October 20.

With the handy remote, you can search across more than 90 apps and channels using just your voice; ask Alexa to play TV shows and movies, launch apps, and more.

In order to further entice customers to pick up the updated streaming stick, Amazon is offering a free bundle of services worth $65 for early buyers. For other content, support for High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) helps with stream compression, enabling you to access high-quality content from low-speed internet connections. New features include a "cinematic experience" with video trailers and content screenshots and a customisable apps list on the home screen. For people who have already discovered Alexa through the Amazon Echo, it could be the deciding factor.

When watching Amazon-based content, Alexa can also be invoked to fast forward and rewind videos.