Amazon Fire TV hits preorder in UK and Germany

Sep 3, 2014
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Amazon Fire TV hits preorder in UK and Germany

Amazon's Fire TV is making its international debut, with the streaming set-top box headed to the UK and Germany. Up for preorder from today, the box uses voice search to hunt through Amazon's streaming video catalog, as well as offering apps for Netflix, YouTube, and other sources, including some local providers unseen on the US version.

For instance, in the UK there'll be Demand 5, Curzon Home Cinema, and Sky News, which aren't channels available in the US.

Otherwise it's the same box that Amazon launched several months ago, with a Bluetooth remote with built-in microphone, and an optional wireless game controller. Up to 1080p HD video is supported, and Amazon uses some pre-emptive buffering to figure out what you'll probably want to watch next and make sure it's lined-up and ready.

Later in the year, meanwhile, other content providers are expected to start supporting voice search, including Netflix.

The Fire TV is £79; meanwhile, existing Prime members in the UK can get Fire TV for £49 if they preorder within the next five days.

For more on the Fire TV, check out our full review.


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