Amazon Fire TV Launched for UK, Germany

At IFA on Wednesday, Amazon announced that its Fire TV is now available for pre-order in the UK and Germany.

According to the announcement, Amazon accelerated the Fire TV's Eurpoean release thanks to the "positive reception" the microconsole received in the US and the increase in streaming in the UK and Germany. The Fire TV will be available for £79 for non-Amazon Prime members. New and existing Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to get the microconsole for the reduced price of £49, for a limited time. The Fire TV features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7GHz processor, a dedicated graphics processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The Fire TV features Whispersync technology meaning it will automatically sync all of your content, no downloading required, and users will be able to pick up a video on any Amazon device. In addition to content from Amazon, the company has partnered with Channel 5, Sky News, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube for content on the Fire TV in the UK. BBC, ITV, and Now TV are notably missing from the list at this time.

While the Fire TV can stream movies and TV shows, it can also be used as a gaming console. Controllers are sold separately and are priced at £34.99 each. Games for the console, on average, cost just 1.25 euros. Games include Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Deus Ex: The Fall, Asphalt 8, and more. Big name console games such as Diablo, Call of Duty, or Grand Theft Auto, are not available on the Fire TV at this time. For those who pre-order the device now in the UK and Germany, the Fire TV will ship in October.

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