Unveiled at the end of October 2014, the HDMI key Fire TV Stick of the Amazon group wants to enter the segment opened by the key Chromecast from Google and stream multimedia content to a TV or access VOD services when connected to a WiFi network.
First launched in the United States, the Fire TV Stick key will be offered on certain European markets for a price of ? 39 / £ 35.
The first countries concerned are Germany and the United Kingdom, with pre-orders open today but delivery from April 15, 2015.
Amazon always puts its features forward compared to the Chromecast (proposed at 35 ?), with a larger storage capacity (8 GB instead of 4) and a configuration including 1 GB of RAM (against 512 MB for the Chromecast ).
In addition, the Fire TV Stick offers a remote control while the Chromecast is controlled from an Android mobile device.
In addition, the American group announces an update in OTA for its digital box Fire TV which provides several features such as the support of a USB storage device.
Above all, Amazon made sure to allow the Fire TV box and the Fire TV Stick to go through the Secure WiFi of a hotel (through an authentication web page) to connect to the Fire TV portal and access its content.
To see however if the hotels, which generally propose their own portals of contents, will appreciate this initiative and if their WiFi network will support a load in streaming of many simultaneous users …