The new Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 has recently came out and we got our hands on one. It is the latest from the Amazon Fire TV family and here are the specs.
3.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 in. (84.9 x 25.0 x 11.5 mm)
Weight 0.9 oz. (25.1g)
Processor Broadcom, Dual-core 2xARM A9 up to 1 GHz
Storage 8 GB internal
Memory 1 GB
Wi-Fi Connectivity Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO); supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, SPP
Voice Search Support Yes, requires Fire TV Voice Remote (sold separately) or free Fire TV Remote App (available for download on Fire, Android OS, and iOS)
Game Controller Support Yes, optimized for Amazon Fire TV Game Controller and most games are compatible with other Bluetooth controllers
Cloud Storage All Amazon Cloud Drive customers start with 5 GB of free storage
Ports HDMI output, Micro USB for power only
Audio Support Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported Video: H.264,
Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis,
Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output Resolution Supported 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
System Requirements High-definition television with available HDMI input, Internet connection via Wi-Fi, a power outlet.
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular HDCP-compatible models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Use of Fire TV Stick is subject to the terms found here.
Regional Support Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.
Closed Captioning Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Captions are not available for all content.
Included in the Box Fire TV Stick
Amazon Fire TV Remote
5′ USB cable and power adapter
HDMI extender cable
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide
Amazon Fire TV Remote
Size 4.7 x 1.6 in x 0.5 in (119.0 x 40.4 x 13.8mm)
Weight 2 oz. with batteries inserted (56.9 grams)
Batteries 2 AAA (included)
Buttons 5-way directional, select, back, home, menu, rewind, play/pause, fast forward
Xiaomi released their new Android TV box recently and we got our hands on one of the units. They want to be part of the set top box market and see if their new device is capable of being part of the cord cutting conversation. There are tons of devices out the such as the Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and of course the Nvidia Shield, a favorite amongst everyone in the community. So why make another box and try to compete with what’s out there? For starters, the Mi Box is coming in at a very competitive price, $69.99 USD. It is capable of doing 4K video and has some decent hardware specs.
Xiaomi Mi Box
Output resolution Up to 4K 60fps
Processor Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
GPU Mali 450 750MHz
RAM 2GB DDR3
It also features HDR (high dynamic range) to make your videos more vibrant and better overall picture quality. On top of that, it is loaded with Android 6.0 which looks really nice. Very similar to the Nvidia Shield and the Google Nexus player. This makes the Mi Box a definite contender in the set-top box world. Check out our video below on our unboxing. Be sure to like our video and subscribe to our channel for more Kodi related news and content.
Amazon announced today their new Fire TV Stick set to debut late October 2016. The current versions of the Fire TV Stick have a dual core processor and if you want the voice option you have to get the most expensive one with the voice remote. The new Fire TV Stick will have a quad-core processor, Wi-Fi (802.11ac MIMO); and will now come bundled with an “Alexa” remote. It still will not support 4K but hopefully, the upgraded quad-core processor will show some improvement while watching your favorite tv shows or movies. This has been an issue in Kodi community with people loading big builds on the Amazon Fire TV Stick and it runs like shit! No mention of a new Amazon Fire TV Box, but they are offering a $65 media buying credit to customers who activate their new sticks before the end of October. Let the Ebay Listings begin!
Here is a great read for all in regards to add-ons and Kodi. Kodi is and has always been a free Media Center app. Since the beginning of time, it allowed you to add your own legal media and stream to your TV, computer, etc. Now Kodi is even bigger than ever and it can be utilized on any platform pretty much. While the third party add-ons are great, other things are hurting the community. If we were to break it down and do a poll on how people utilize Kodi, I am sure the results would show a majority of users are using unofficial third-party add-ons to stream tons of content. A lot of the media people have on their computers has in some way shape or form been downloaded illegally.
After reading the article below from TVaddons.ag, they are specifically saying YouTubers are hurting the third party add-ons. One by drawing unwanted attention to the Kodi community and also certain add-ons. That being said, Kodi Fire TV is a site/blog to review everything Kodi related. We do have a YouTube channel ourselves. The material we review or do tutorials on is to show the hard work the developers have put in to give us an alternative to the main culprit and that is the cable companies. If prices and options were better for legal services I am sure we would all be up for it. Sometimes cable plans are extremely overpriced and they include unwanted hidden fees for limited channel lineups etc or the availability of speeds in our cities.
We are passionate about Kodi and have been since XBMC on the original Xbox. To say that Youtube is hurting Kodi or add-ons is 50/50. Some people actually love it and just want to share their knowledge. While others are in it for a quick buck to sell set-top boxes with crappy builds etc. At the end of the day, we live in a very social media filled world now where no matter what happens all you have to do is Google something and it will be there. If it’s not YouTube it will be another video site or social media app. The sad reality is that Kodi is being utilized for good and bad. There are many other social media apps including Plex which now people are doing the same. There will always be something new coming up and there will always be illegal/legal media. Maybe it’s time we just all need to join forces in the Kodi community and figure out solutions so everyone is happy. You’ll never please everyone but at least, we can have a solution to keep Kodi and other great apps running well. Check out the article from TV Addons below and let us know what you think.