Amazon adds 4K streaming to the Fire TV Stick

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With a price of $49.99, the Fire TV Stick 4K will provide a high-quality image and sound experience. And that includes support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, along with HDR10 and 4K support. Currently, most devices that stream at 4K resolutions with HDR color protocols cost $70 or more. "Alexa Voice Remote" lets users use their voice to quickly find the content they want", Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV said in a statement. "And it obviously brings the 4K capability to streaming on a stick form factor", Parag Gupta, Head, Product and Marketing, Amazon India told India Today Tech.

The new remote control also comes with additional power, volume and mute buttons, that will enable users to control compatible televisions with a single remote. You'll also be able to buy the remote separate for $29.99, and it will now come with the Fire TV Cube.

All of this is powered by a new quad-core CPU and a faster 802.11ac wireless connection using a new antenna system. The Toshiba Fire TV Edition, released back in June, included a customized version of the Alexa remote control which had not only volume buttons but shortcuts for popular streaming services like Netflix, HBO, and Amazon's own Prime Video.

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Amazon's Alexa Voice Remote has a few neat new tricks, too. Our new quad-core processor delivers a fast and fluid experience and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ provides an incredible picture. At the time, Amazon and Toshiba said that the extra buttons were added after owner feedback, though it seemed a little odd that they didn't then carry that over to Amazon's own Fire TV line-up. Units are set to start shipping on October 31.

In anticipation of next week's guaranteed announcement of a third-generation Google Chromecast, Amazon has just taken the wraps off its third Fire TV Stick variant, which is the first to support 4K Ultra HD video streaming.

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