Friday, March 24, 2023

New, cheaper Fire TV televisions

It looks like Amazon has introduced a new line of Fire TV televisions.

According to Amazon's official Fire TV blog, a 32-inch Fire TV device from Amazon is available for $200. That's not the only thing introduced by Amazon in their new lineup, but it is the thing I noticed.

Fire TV televisions have always been good TVs. I don't like the Fire TV interface as much as I like the Roku interface, but the quality of the devices have always been good.

Now that Amazon is making their own televisions, they seem to have kept up the quality, which would explain why a $200 television is a big deal, when you can get a Roku TV from Walmart for half that.

According to Amazon, there is a lot to crow about with the new TV updates:

Amazon is expanding the Amazon-built TV lineup with three new sizes of the Fire TV Omni QLED Series -- 43", 50", and 55" -- and introducing the affordable Fire TV 2-Series, starting at just $199.99. Amazon is also launching its Amazon-built TVs in more countries, bringing the Fire TV Omni QLED Series, Fire TV 4-Series, and the new Fire TV 2-Series to the United Kingdom, Germany, and Mexico for the first time.

"We knew we could build a better experience for the living room," says Daniel Rausch, vice president of Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services. "Televisions are the fastest growing segment in the Fire TV business. When customers love something, we double down."

Is the device better than the Onn Roku TV from Walmart? Probably. However, the 32-inch Fire TV television only supports 720p, same as the cheap Roku TV.

Is it worth the extra money? Possibly. If I was in the market for a TV (I'm not) I would consider it. Whether or not I'd pull the trigger is another matter. But it's worth looking at if you want a new TV, particularly a Fire TV platform set, in your Streaming Life.

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