Amazon may have been late to the streaming box game with theFire TV, but the retail behemoth isn’t letting that initial tardiness hold it back, following up with an even more affordable way to bring on-demand content to your living room. The Amazon Fire TV Stickcomes in at just $39, undercutting Roku and just a few dollars more than Google’s Chromecast, and offers – in broad strokes at least – the same multimedia prospect as its more expensive sibling. At less than half the price of a Fire TV, though, have so many corners been cut as to suddenly leave Jeff Bezos’ dongle unsatisfying? Read on for the full review.
Out of the box you get access to Amazon’s catalog – including all of the free Prime streaming content, if you’re a subscriber – along with most (but not all) of the popular third-party services. Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Crackle, Twitch, and Pandora are onboard, but HBO GO isn’t expected until sometime in 2015. Each will play at up to 1080p, service and bandwidth allowing.
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