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- Amazon Fire TV, now 4K Ultra HD compatible. Enjoy movies and TV episodes in stunning 4K Ultra HD with your compatible 4K UHD TV. See compatibility details below.
- No 4K UHD TV? No problem. Amazon Fire TV lets you stream thousands of titles in high definition, up to 1080p.
- Tens of thousands of TV episodes and movies, from Amazon Video, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV and more, plus games, music and apps.
- Now 75% more processing power, a dedicated graphics engine, better Wi-Fi support and 2GB of memory.
- Say it. Watch it. Simply speak into your voice remote to find TV shows, movies and games.
- No more buffering - ASAP learns what Amazon movies and TV episodes you like and buffers them for playback so they start right away.
- Great for gaming with a quad-core processor and dedicated Imagination GX6250 graphics engine. Add to the fun with optional game controllers.
- Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Video, including original programming such as Transparent, plus two million songs with Prime Music.
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Now with 4K Ultra HD
Amazon Fire TV now brings you 4K Ultra-High-Definition streaming capability, giving you a best-in-class television experience with true-to-life picture quality when used with compatible 4K Ultra HDTVs - something Apple TV and Chromecast don’t support. TV must support minimum HDCP requirements for protected content playback. Learn more
75% more processing power
From the responsive interface and search results in just seconds, to smooth gaming and ultra-fast streaming, everything about Amazon Fire TV is fast and fluid. It’s thanks to an all-new quad-core processor with 75% more processing power than the previous-generation Amazon Fire TV, better Wi-Fi support with dual-band 802.11ac, a dedicated PowerVR GX6250 graphics engine, 2 GB of memory, and expandable memory of up to 128 GB (microSD card sold separately).
More streams in 1080p
All-new Amazon Fire TV is built to support High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). Over the coming months, Amazon Fire TV will deliver more 1080p high-definition streams from Amazon Video than ever before - even if you don’t own a 4K TV. HEVC is approximately 2x more efficient at encoding video than the current industry standard, which means less bandwidth is needed to deliver high-quality video streams. As a result, you will now experience more high-quality, 1080p streams from Amazon Video.
Voice search that actually works
Know what you want to watch? Amazon Fire TV’s Voice Remote has a built-in mic so you can search for TV shows, movies, actors, directors and genres using just your voice - no more typing with your remote to find what you want. We’re confident you’ll be amazed - you have to try it to believe it.
Amazon Fire TV combines your favourite subscriptions and streaming services. Watch thousands of TV episodes and movies, rent videos from just £0.99, or relax and enjoy your favourite sports, news, music and games. Additional payments, such as subscription fees, may be required to access content on certain services (for example, Netflix). Some services may not be available outside of the United Kingdom. 4K Ultra HD availability is subject to subscription plan, Internet service, and title availability. See all apps and games
Watch your favourites
With access to Netflix, Amazon Video, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5 and more, you’re sure to find something you love. Rent movies and TV episodes from just £0.99. Amazon Prime membership offers access to Prime Video, which includes thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost. Subscription fees may be required.
Great for gaming
Enjoy bestselling titles from Hipster Whale, Sega and Ubisoft. Many games are free, and paid games start from just £0.59. Explore the endless arcade maze with Pac-Man 256, discover the fairytale forests of Badland, or conquer the highest hills in Hill Climb Racing. Use your included Fire TV Voice Remote, or add to the fun with the optional Amazon Fire TV Game Controller (sold separately).
Listen to music
Millions of songs are available to stream on Amazon Fire TV through Amazon Music, TuneIn, Vevo and more. You can also access your entire Amazon Music library, so you can enjoy any albums and songs you’ve previously purchased. Amazon Prime membership offers access to Prime Music, which includes Prime Playlists and ad-free listening to two million songs from top artists. Unlock 40 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn more
Share your photos on the big screen
Photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet can be uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive automatically, so they appear on your HDTV. Amazon Prime membership includes storage in Amazon Cloud Drive for your entire photo collection at no additional cost.
Now you can enjoy true-to-life picture quality when you watch movies and TV shows on your 4K Ultra HD TV.
Experience the difference with 4K Ultra HD
Amazon Fire TV now brings you 4K Ultra-High-Definition streaming capability, giving you a best-in-class television experience with true-to-life picture quality when used with compatible 4K Ultra HDTVs - something Apple TV and Chromecast don’t support.
Enjoy your favourite content in 4K Ultra HD
Enjoy hundreds of TV episodes and movies in 4K Ultra HD on your Amazon Fire TV, the largest selection of any streaming media player. Classic movies such as The Way We Were, critically acclaimed TV shows such as Orphan Black, blockbuster movies such as Captain Philips, Fury and more. Titles are being added all the time on Amazon Video. Watch Amazon Originals series such as Transparent, Bosch, Tumble Leaf and more. Stream Netflix favourites including House of Cards in Ultra HD.
Less searching, more watching. Speak into your Fire TV Voice Remote to find TV shows, movies, games and more in just seconds.
Voice search that actually works
Amazon Fire TV’s Voice Remote has a built-in mic so you can easily search TV shows, movies, actors and genres using just your voice - no more typing with your remote to find what you want. Voice search is supported for the entirety of Amazon’s video, app and game catalogue. Please note that voice search does not work directly inside individual applications, such as Netflix. We’re confident you’ll be amazed. You have to try it to believe it.
Our customers have spoken
“Voice Search is impressively sharp. Just press the “microphone” button on the remote control and say what you're looking for, and it displays options on screen - remarkably quickly.“
—John Ryan, 5-star review
“Altogether, the voice search is a truly innovative and especially convenient feature to which I have quickly gotten used to (and liked!). Sooner or later, such a function will probably be nationwide standard.“
—A Javaid, 5-star review
“Simply put, it all works brilliantly. Even the voice control for search understands my Scottish accent!“
—Craig Alexander, 5-star review
Thousands of movies and TV shows, including The Imitation Game, Paddington and Outlander are available to stream instantly, at no additional cost. Access award-winning Amazon Original programming such as Transparent and Tumble Leaf.
Being a Prime member unlocks hours of new, exclusive shows created by Amazon Studios. From Bosch to the award-winning series Transparent, plus great shows for kids such as Tumble Leaf and Creative Galaxy, Amazon Originals showcase comedy, drama and children's programming you can only see on Amazon.
With Prime Music, you can listen ad-free to two million songs from top artists such as One Direction, Royal Blood, George Ezra, Paolo Nutini, Ella Henderson, Bob Dylan, Madonna and David Bowie. There are hundreds of Prime Music Playlists to choose from based on your mood, activity, artist or decade of choice.
Amazon Prime membership includes storage in Amazon Cloud Drive for your entire photo collection at no additional cost. Photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet can be uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive automatically, so they are viewable on your Amazon Fire TV.
Stunning video. Dolby Audio sound.
With Amazon Fire TV, you can stream movies and TV shows in 4K Ultra HD, 1080p or 720p. With Dolby Audio, enjoy rich cinematic surround sound, consistent quality and enhanced volume level via HDMI (up to 7.1) in supported apps. Dolby Audio coming soon to Netflix.
Say goodbye to buffering
You shouldn’t have to wait for a video to buffer every time you press “Play”. ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) learns what Amazon movies and shows you like and gets them ready for you to watch. The more you use Amazon Fire TV, the more accurate ASAP becomes, dynamically adapting to your viewing habits.
Built for speed
From the responsive interface and search results in just seconds, to smooth gaming and ultra-fast streaming, everything about Amazon Fire TV is fast and fluid. It’s thanks to an all-new quad-core processor with 75% more processing power than the previous-generation Amazon Fire TV, better Wi-Fi support with dual-band 802.11ac, a dedicated PowerVR GX6250 graphics engine, 2 GB of memory and expandable memory of up to 200 GB (microSD card sold separately).
Expandable storage with microSD slot
Add a microSD card (up to 200 GB) to expand your Fire TV storage for even more of your favourite games and apps.
Explore your favourite movies and TV shows
Use X-Ray on Amazon Fire TV to explore your favourite movies and TV shows on Amazon Video. Powered by IMDb, you can identify actors and songs in the current scene, explore actor bios and character backstories, see related trivia and even jump to your favourite scene or skip opening credits.
Enjoy all your music, TV shows and movies without ever disturbing a fly. Use a set of Bluetooth-compatible headphones for private listening in Dolby Audio virtual surround sound.
Browse popular movies, shows and recommendations personalised for you right on your home screen, and instantly add new discoveries to your Watchlist with a single click. Any content you’ve purchased from Amazon will be waiting for you in your Video Library.
At home or on the go
Amazon Fire TV lets you connect to Wi-Fi that requires web authentication, so you can take your favourite movies, TV shows and games with you - this includes Wi-Fi at most major hotels, as well as some universities.
Screen sharing and display mirroring
Click the “fling” icon on your Second Screen-enabled Fire tablet to send video and audio to your big screen, or use standards like DIAL to fling services such as YouTube and Netflix from your Android phone or iPhone. Share whatever is on your small screen - including movies, TV shows, music and photos - with everyone in your living room using display mirroring. Includes support for Fire OS and Android, and devices from Motorola, LG and Google.
Amazon Fire TV arrives pre-registered to your Amazon account and sets up in minutes.
Top customer reviews
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However, I do sometimes find the device just stops responding to the remote control which is very frustration. I can't find any cause for this and it sometimes suddenly starts responding again, or sometimes I need to reset the device. When the remote control stops working I can still sync my phone up using it as a WiFi remote so it makes no sense that the main remote just stops. But wanting to pause a show only to find the remote is not working can be very annoying. This is an infrequent problem and I haven't noticed it for a month now so hopefully a recent firmware update has remedied the issue, although as I can find few mentions of this problem I won't hold my breath.
I've also found that the device occasionally crashes when I'm not using it - I will come to the device to watch something and the screen will be black and the device unresponsive (even though the white remote light shows it is responding). Again I have to reset it - this is not frequent; maybe 1 or 2 times a month and device reboots very quickly, but is another minor frustration.
It does do a good job with both Netflix and BBC iPlayer streaming over my WiFi network, and the paid PLEX app is good at streaming content from my PC - all those apps run well without any issues so far.
However perhaps surprisingly the Amazon content side of things is less good - the streaming works perfectly, but finding content is frustrating even though the interface is superficially like Netflix's. I find myself scrolling through lots of items to find what I want, and then series I'm part way through will disappear from my recently watched list so I have to hunt them down again. I can't quite put my finger on all of the issues with the Amazon side of the content but I do generally find it all a bit frustrating to use, and even though there are Amazon series I'd like to watch I find myself bothering less and less with their content as I can't be bothered hunting for it. Hopefully Amazon will refine the interface and it will get better.
Overall, despite a slightly negative seeming review I am actually pleased with this product. The frustrations are minor and infrequent, and it does what I actually bought it for (Netflix, BBC and PLEX) excellently. It would be a bonus if the Amazon content were easier to find and manage, and some of the technical issues weren't present, but as a piece of hardware I would still recommend it despite the niggles.
To get the most out of this little box you will need an Amazon Prime subscription which gives access to 1000's of films and tv shows but it's worth getting. Also you can download an app from Google play store to your phone which enables you to control it with the phone which i have tried and tested and works great.
Be warned though if you are buying it like i have for the 4k ultra hd you will need a fibre broadband connection as a standard broadband speed is not fast enough to stream in 4k so whatever you are wanting to watch keeps stopping to buffer or may not play at all.
The reason I'm giving this 4 stars and not 5 is the remote, the original fire tv remote connects via bluetooth but this one connects via wi-fi and keeps losing its connection hence why I downloaded the fire tv app to my phone.
Overall this is a great box for your tv entertainment.
We got the first at a discount when Amazon pulled the plug on the apps built in to many TVs and home cinemas etc.
This worked reasonably well but had an annoying habit of coming out of sleep repeatedly, crashing, rebooting and then remaining on. Gave up trying to resolve this and lived with it until the box finally died (presumably because of continued overheating) when it was out of warranty.
Tried and failed to get Amazon to fix/replace it and settled for having a few quid off the 'new' version - which I now note is discontinued and replaced by an even newer one.
This one looks and operates in much the same way as the previous one. It now has 4K support of course but as we don't have a 4K TV it's fundamentally the same. The user interface slightly faster but that could be down to the latest software. The remote is much the same albeit slightly bigger than the previous one. One thing that is different is the LED on the front of the box. On the previous box this gave a clear indication of when the box was powered on but in the newer model it seems to only indicate when it gets a command from the remote. After the issues with the previous model I'm now paranoid that it's turned itself on in the night and so keep checking if its getting hot.
In operation it's one of the slickest streaming devices I've seen so far. It's very rare we get buffering issues. Some of this is probably due to it pre-loading the start of movies and TV episodes (presumably based on your watchlist?) so that they start as soon as you hit play. The ample on-board memory and fast GPU also smooth things and keep the video uninterrupted and high quality. Can't say how well it works with 4K as we don't have a 4K TV.
One thing I have found is the implementation of the BBC iPlayer app is by far the best I've seen so far. The user interface is lightning quick and playback flawless, unlike the various versions we have on other devices. It also tends to keep it loaded if you drop back to the FireTV menu rather than exiting - this means when you next come back to it it carries on where you left off.
I note that the latest iteration seems to be a hybrid between the 'Box' and 'Stick' version. Not sure exactly what the rational is as the original 'box' format isn't exactly bulky.