July’s Amazon Prime Day is going to be the best day of the year for those looking to pick-up an Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick. The internet retailer is going to slash the prices of its top streaming players, making it the best time to cut the cord and go all-in on over-the-top video.
To that end and to prevent you from getting burned on a bad deal before that sale starts up, we’ve rounded up the best deals on the planet for the Amazon Fire TV and its pint-sized compatriot.
But why choose an Amazon Fire TV over something like a Roku? While Roku has the better operating system behind it, Amazon’s latest player has made it a close competition. Both the Amazon Fire TV and Roku’s top-tier player offer full 4K resolution, but only the Amazon Fire TV ties into other services like Prime Music. (That said, if you want a player that can handle high dynamic range, you’ll need to spend more time looking at the Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra…)
For anyone tied into the Amazon ecosphere of products, the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are the perfect center for your smart homes: both streamers come with Alexa, Amazon’s artificial intelligence, built-in. That means they can talk to devices like the Samsung SmartThings Hub and Nest Thermostats, allowing you to command your smart home using your Fire TV remote.
But you knew all of that already. That’s why you’re here looking for the best deal on an Amazon Fire TV device. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are the best Amazon Fire TV deals we’ve found today:
The new Amazon Fire TV is a pretty impressive little device. For your money you get an Ultra HD media player which also makes a decent fist of some light gaming. 4K playback is generally smooth, and the Amazon connection gives you access to the motherlode of paid-for UHD movie content. If you've picked up a cheap, dumb 4K TV (although one that has the necessary HDCP 2.2 compatibility for DRM'd content) then the new Fire TV is a fantastic choice for getting some UHD Netflix or Amazon Prime viewing on your screen.
Read the full review: Amazon Fire TV
Looking for the Amazon Fire TV experience without another black box on your shelf? Check out the Amazon Fire TV Stick. It offers all of the same content that you'd find on the full-size box, but in a mini, USB stick-esque form factor. You'll love how quick and snappy the Fire TV Stick's interface is, and that it’s intuitively laid out, making most content quick and easy to find. Once you get to your content it streams without any complaints or buffering while playback is smooth and good-looking. The voice search functionality is quick and accurate when searching for Amazon or Netflix content, and it’s also a speedy way of hopping between apps. Most major streaming services are also supported.
Read the full review: Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Thinking about expanding into smart home tech? Check out our guide to the Amazon Echo family of devices