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Summary: This article explores key differences between Amazon’s popular Fire TV Stick vs Cube vs Recast streaming devices.
Fire TV is Hot & Getting HotterAccording to Neilson, 80% of U.S. households have broadband internet, and the popularity of TV-connected devices such as Roku (box and stick), Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast, as well as game consoles, is growing. [Source: TV Connected Devices Pave the Way for New Ways to Watch Content Neilson.com]
And according to a recent article at Android Police, Amazon is Kicking Everyone’s Butt in the Streaming Wars.
If the number of Amazon Fire TV and Echo units sold during the past few years is any indication, Amazon is entering our living rooms in a big way.
Fire TV had several innovative new product introductions over the past few years that:
- Give you access to more content
- Let you control your TV with your voice using Alexa
- Let you record your favorite shows from anywhere on the planet
📚 Related: 7 Best Smart TVs with Alexa
Quick Comparison Table
Here’s a quick comparison table with a quick description of each product, along with a button to see the latest pricing at Amazon. I’ll break down the differences between Fire TV Cube vs Stick vs Recast in more detail below.
|Top||Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, Wi-Fi 6E, 4K Ultra HD||Prime||Shop Now|
|All-new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max streaming device, supports Wi-Fi 6E, Ambient Experience, free & live TV without cable or satellite||Prime||Shop Now|
|Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls), free & live TV without cable or satellite, HD streaming device||Prime||Shop Now|
The Best of Amazon Fire TV
Plain and simple, Amazon Fire TV will be a “sure-Fire” favorite for anyone on your gift list.
Amazon promoted several Fire TV holiday deals over Black Friday, Cyber Monday and through the holidays this year. These included Fire TV stick deals, Fire TV Cube deals, plus deals on Recast, Gaming, Tablets, Smart TVs, and more. Interestingly, many of the deal prices are still around after the holidays. Below are some of our favorite Fire TV products.
Fire TV Cube
I love the Fire TV Cube as a smart remote. Why? It does one thing and does it seamlessly well. That is, it lets you interact with your TV using your voice.
You can use it to ask Alexa to turn on your TV, turn of the volume, tune to your favorite station or program, or ask to find your favorite genre of movie. While you can do all of this using an all-in-one remote like Logitech’s Harmony Elite or Ultimate One with Alexa integration, this product makes it seamless. Oh, and it’s less expensive too.
📚 Related: 7 Best Universal Remotes for Firestick
Fire TV Recast
The 2nd of my favorite Amazon Fire TV products is Fire TV Recast. Recast lets you watch and record over-the-air TV at home, whether at home or on the go. This would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves TV and doesn’t want to subscribe to cable’s pricey DVR plans. Plus, it works with Alexa too.
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Fire TV Stick Max with Alexa Voice Remote
This is one of the most cost-effective ways to get into the 4K streaming media game. The 4K Fire TV streaming media stick not only gets you Netflix and YouTube on your TV, but you can also choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes.
Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and many others. You pop the stick into an open USB port on your tube.
Fire TV Cube vs Stick vs Recast: What Do You Think?
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