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Amazon Fire TV Edition Features Alexa, 4K Resolution, and Built-in DVR

Amazon delivers an affordable high-definition smart TV experience with Alexa and built-in DVR

I may have been too quick to criticize Amazon on a lack of development for their Amazon Fire TV. Today they announced the first 4K TVs running the new Amazon Fire TV system with Alexa. The new 4K TVs will be marketed as the Fire TV Edition, but produced by Element Electronics (Westinghouse in some markets).

Powering that 4K display is a 1.1GHz quad-core CPU and multi-core 3D GPU chipset to deliver a 60 Hz refresh rate. The TV specifications list 120 Hz as the "effective" refresh rate, which means that the 60 Hz display is improved in some form to resemble a 120 Hz system. The TV also has a built-in Bluetooth chip to allow you to use wireless headphones to avoid waking your family. In terms of price, these TVs are set to compete with entry-level devices, ranging from $450 for the 43-inch up to $900 for the 65-inch version.

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Unlike a traditional Alexa device that is always listening, the new Amazon Fire TV has a trigger on the remote to allow you to speak commands. With the system, you are able to shout basic TV controls such as "open Hulu" or you can trigger other Alexa features like "place my Easy Order" to have pizza delivered for the big game.

When you attach an HD antenna, the system can pull local listing information from Gracenote to add images and channel names for an enhanced browsing experience. The system also features 16GB of internal storage to allow you to rewind live TV or save a few shows to watch later. It's not a full DVR replacement because 16 GB isn't enough to stockpile a bunch of HD episodes, but it's a quick and easy solution that doesn't require an expensive cable plan.

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This latest Amazon Fire TV system seems to be a huge leap forward in the integration of Alexa with your media. Unlike the Chromecast, you still cannot tell your separate Alexa devices to play media on your TV. This may seem like a limitation to some but for the most part, you will have the remote handy when interested in using vocal commands. Plus, you are still able to control other smart devices from the TV so you can have Alexa dim the lights while getting ready to watch a movie.

This also gives hope to a 4K capable Amazon Fire Stick in the next version with perhaps further innovation to also integrate local HD channels. The new Element Amazon Fire Edition TVs will be available for purchase on Amazon beginning June 14th, 2017.

Specifications

  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD)
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz / 120Hz (Effective)
  • Processor: Quad-core T1-938
  • GPU: ARM Mali Multi-core 3D GPU3GB
  • Memory: 3 GB
  • Storage: 16GB internal
  • Ports: HDMI x 4 (HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2), Component/Composite x 1, Optical SPDIF x 1, TV/DTV x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x 1, Ethernet x 1 (10/100/1000Mbp), VGA x 1, Headphone x 1, RCA Input x 1
  • Wi-Fi: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO). Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks.


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Sadly they lost my $$$ at '120hz effective' Frown
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Bought an Element tv on sale on black friday a while back for the basement nobody goes to. Horrid picture, wasn't worth the price even on sale. I would stay away from amazon consumer hardware in general as well.
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the only good thing about Element/Westinghouse TV's was their unbelievably low price. easily 100$ less on any size, even compared to base vizios. Putting a premium price tag on a garbage display with a firestick is a mistake.

The fire tab's do well because they're low quality tablets that are still sold cheap.
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I 'test-drove' the original fire stick, and was very disappointed - and they refused to upgrade.

I have Amazon video in my smart TV - and the software is still crap. The stop button does not stop video. FF and REV through video is so annoying.

Amazon should stick to Alexa / Echo until they get their video software in check.
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it should be too great
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Long time Amazon buyer, Vine member, and Prime. Have Echo, Paperwhite, Fire TV, Firestick, Kindles. I'm drastically reducuing my Amazon buying due to their cramming policy on video subscriptions. Going with either Google or Apple.

They are now mixing video subscriptions such as HBO, Stars, etc, in with their prime movies.

I saw a Stars subscription charge of $ 8.99 on my CC. Thought it was fraud, and cancelled that CC. My main CC. Called Amazon, it tuns out if you mistakenly click something, you are subscribed. No additional action necessary. I added two factor authentication, a pain. Three days later, got an email I was subscribed to HBO. Called back. Turned out videos are one click, and two factor authentication doesn't apply. I had to add parental control with a special code, to get into Prime video. Total pain and not worth the effort.

Same thing happened to my neighbor. I just subscribed to Showtime through Hulu, for just $ 8.99. Same sub Amazon charges $ 13.99 for. Am dropping Prime. Went to Google play for music. Much better selection.

They are going crazy with this video cramming. Enough is enough.
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60 hz and westingarbage? LMAO PASS
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DVRs will soon be out of reach of anyone not wanting to record Antenna TV and that is pretty pitiful. By Summer's End Comcast will introduce their online service that will compete with Sling, Vue, DirecTVnow and they will most likely dominate the market because of their influence. However with this transition and other cable companies now moving to streaming for distribution it means that content that you could once record will no longer be available without a price. The DVR will be in the Cloud and out of your control. The Providers will say which content is free and what you must pay for if you want to watch old programs, movies, reruns. If you leave the service then all of the content you once had access to is gone.

They will do this to protect their revenue streams. No matter what the value of their product they will need to generate more money as the years go bye. Prices will increase for Internet Access to offset the loss of TV Subscribers.

I strongly suggest anyone that has a Cable Account today purchase a multi tuner CableCard Tuner to record as much content as they can. In 6 months to a year you will be able to record tens of thousands of episodes and thousands of movies just off basic cable. Your total cost out of pocket can be $500 or less and a used 4tuner CableCard Tuner can go as little as $50 on Ebay. Allowing you to record 50 to 90 tv shows a day.
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Quote from gapotter View Post :
I 'test-drove' the original fire stick, and was very disappointed - and they refused to upgrade.

I have Amazon video in my smart TV - and the software is still crap. The stop button does not stop video. FF and REV through video is so annoying.

Amazon should stick to Alexa / Echo until they get their video software in check.
I have the fire stick and the fire tv..with more memory and processing power...the fire tv is pretty slick. I also have the new chrome cast, but I end up always using the firetv
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