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Hey Chet, I am debating between the Fire TV Stick and the Chromecast. Which is the best TV Streaming Stick?
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The Best TV streaming stick is easily the Fire TV Stick.

Here's why:

It's Amazon. They're keeping tabs on everything that's hot with streaming, featuring their new streaming service with original programs like Transparent. Fire TV handles all of the streaming services and supports the latest codecs.

Price: It's Cheaper. That alone is enough for most people. But there's more:

Flash Storage: At 8gbs of flash memory, you can store at least 4x as much media as you can with the leading devices like Roku or Chromecast.

Memory: 1 Gig. Fire TV Stick has 2x as much as Roku and Chromecast.

Wi-Fi: Dual Band and keeps up with the latest advancements in wifi technology. Better than Roku.

It supports voice search (device sold separately).

So, what's the one thing the others have on Fire TV? HBO to Go is coming in the Spring of 2015, but it's not available as of this writing. Though that may have changed by the time you read this.

All in all, Fire TV is easily the best tv streaming stick.

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Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player and microconsole developed by Amazon.com.It is a small network appliance and entertainment device designed to stream digital audio/video content to a high-definition television. The device also allows users to play video games with the included remote, via a mobile app, or with an optional game controller. The device features 2 GB of RAM, MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi, and a Bluetooth remote control with a microphone for voice search. It supports 1080p streaming and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Unveiled on April 2, 2014, the Amazon Fire TV was made available for purchase the same day for US$99.

Design

The developmental code name of the Fire TV was Bueller, named after the eponymous character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Hardware

The Fire TV offers HDMI and optical audio, with support for Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound pass-through, along with an Ethernet port and a USB 2.0 port. According to Amazon, the Fire TV is designed to outpace competitors like the Apple TV and Roku in performance: The 0.7-inch-thick box features a 1.7 GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, along with a dual-band wireless radio for 1080p streaming over 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The company said that it does not intend the Fire TV to compete with gaming consoles; instead, its gaming capabilities are geared toward people who don't already own a console but may play games on a smartphone or tablet. It has a dedicated controller accessory.

On November 19, 2014, Amazon released a smaller version of the Fire TV called the Fire TV Stick. It is a HDMI-port plug-in device that replicates much of the functionality of the full-size Fire TV.

Software

The device runs "Mojito," version 3.0 of the Android-based Fire OS which is compatible with Android Jelly Bean version number 4.2.2. According to Amazon, that will make it "simple for developers to port their services and games over to Fire TV

Reception

Dan Seifert from The Verge reviewed Fire TV on April 4, 2014, giving it an 8.8/10 and largely praising its current functionality and future potential. Dave Smith from ReadWrite wrote: "Fire TV aims to be the cure for what ails TV set-top boxes. Sadly, the Amazon box leaves much to be desired." GeekWire editor Andy Liu's review is headlined "Amazon's Fire TV sets a new bar for streaming boxes."Ars Technica praised the device specs that are better than the competition, the build quality was high, and if you use Amazon content, the microphone works very well. However, the reviewer did not like that media browsing puts Amazon content in the front thus making other apps less convenient, the game selection is limited and many games are unoptimized, and its free space is only 5.16GB, limiting the amount of games that can be installed.
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