If you’re relatively new to the world of TV streaming, you may not know what the Amazon Fire TV is. We’ll tell you all about what Fire TV is all about in this post.
What is Amazon Fire TV?
Fire TV is Amazon’s line of hardware devices that allow users to stream video through various service channels such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon’s own Prime Video, and hundreds more. Fire TV devices run on the Fire OS, which is based on Android. Fire TV can be found in Toshiba/Insignia branded smart TVs or as a box or stick that you can connect to your existing television.
Fire TV Stick
The Fire TV Stick is a version of the Fire TV that looks kind of like a USB thumb drive and plugs directly into the HDMI port of your TV. There are 3 generations of Fire TV sticks. Generation 1 was released in 2014, Generation 2 was released in 2016, and Generation 3 was released in 2020.
The Fire TV Stick 4K was released in 2018, and was an improvement on the regular Generation 2 version with 4K video capability added. There is also the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition released in 2017 and is available outside of the United States.
Fire TV Stick Lite
This is a new version of the Fire TV Stick. It was released in September 2020 and priced $10 lower than the 3rd Generation 2020 Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV Stick Lite has the same features and processing bower as the latest version of the Fire TV Stick except the Lite version does not include TV power and volume controls on the remote control.
Fire TV Box
This was the original Fire TV. It was simply a box that you connected to your TV via a cable and HDMI port. There are 2 generations of the Fire TV box. The first was released in the US in 2014, and the second in 2015.
Fire TV Cube
In 2018, Amazon branded their boxy Fire TV devices as “Cube”. Generation 1 of the Fire TV Cube was released in 2018, and Generation 2 was released in 2019. The Fire TV Cube has Alexa as a feature.
Smart TV & Soundbars
Fire TV is a feature on many Insignia, Toshiba, Insignia, and Onida branded smart televisions. It’s also available on a Nebula branded soundbar.