Amazon Fire TV Stick in India: First Impressions

If you like watching a lot of movies and TV shows, chances are you already have a subscription to Netflix and Amazon Prime, or you are still taking the piracy route. If like us, you are addicted to binge-watching content, you would have subscriptions to other streaming services such as Spuul, Hotstar and more.

I honestly don’t remember the last time I watched TV in the traditional way. If you are one that does watch a lot of this content and if you are doing it on a TV, then you have the option of using a smart TV (if you don’t already have one) or making your old TV smart by using devices such as the Amkette Evo TV 2, Chromecast, Apple TV, Airtel Internet TV and more. Amazon entered the streaming space with the launch Prime Videos in India and has recently launched the Fire TV Stick. The stick is priced at Rs. 3,999, supports Full HD playback and comes with a voice activated remote. We spent some time with the Amazon Fire TV Stick at the launch event. We have our review unit too, but these are our initial impression of the Fire TV stick and what it can do. For those wondering, it is available online exclusively on Amazon.in and also through some offline retail outlets like Reliance Digital and Croma.

Those looking to pick up a Fire TV stick should know that if you buy one by May 31, 2017 and subscribe to an annual Prime membership, you will receive a Rs499 credit back to your Amazon Pay balance.

A cool thing about the Amazon Fire TV stick is that you aren’t limited to the content available on Prime Video. You have access to a bunch of apps that include the likes of Netflix, Hotstar, Eros Now, Voot, Airtel Movies and more. 

Coming to the specifications of the Fire TV stick, it looks like a pen drive. A more square version of the original Chromecast. Just like the Chromecast, you will need an external power source for the device, or a USB port on your TV. Under the hood, the Fire TV Stick is powered by a MediaTek Quad-Core ARM 1.3GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi support 2×2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, support for Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, and HDMI audio pass-through up to 7.1, along with support for a bunch of video formats.

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