Amazon Fire Stick

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Update: The $19.00 announcement promotion is over. Regular retail price is $39.00.

Amazon announced today that on November 19th, the Amazon Fire Stick will go on sale. (Check it out on Amazon here.) This device is extremely similar to Google’s Chromecast, having a small dongle-like form factor that simply plugs into your HDMI port and grants you access to a variety of video streaming apps. Additionally, the device supports some basic games such as, the incredibly popular, Flappy Birds, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more. Some other differentiating factors are: it comes with a dedicated remote, it has the ability to search with voice, and comes with a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime.

What’s more is the price. For the next two days, Amazon prime members can pre-order the device for $19. That’s probably less than what you and your significant other spend on meals at Wendy’s. Regular retail price is $39 dollars, putting it $4 ahead of Google’s streaming dongle.

The following streaming apps are supported at launch:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Crackle
  • Amazon Music
  • iHeart Radio
  • Spotify
  • Watch ESPN
  • Pandora
  • Smithsonian Channel
  • Flixter
  • Vimeo
  • Youtube
  • A&E
  • PBS Kids
  • PBS
  • Bloomberg
  • Huffpost Live
  • Twitch
  • NBA GameTime
  • History
  • Showtime Anytime
  • Plex
  • VEVO

That’s quite a few apps and includes Amazon Instant Video, which hasn’t been officially supported by Google’s Chromecast since launch. We finally understand why Amazon has been so tight-lipped about official support on the Chromecast.

There has been a steady increase in consumers streaming media to their homes as opposed to traditional mediums such as cable and satellite. As more low cost devices such, as the Fire Stick, continue to be released; the market is likely to shift even more towards streaming due to low cost and the ability to watch shows on demand.

If you’re ready to get your Fire Stick on, click here to view the product on Amazon. Buy it quick so that you “Primers” out there can get the deal for $19; half price!