Hot tech: Amazon’s Fire TV Stick Lite makes streaming a breeze

by James Wilkinson

Amazon has released its all-new Fire TV Stick Lite and it’s firmly a winner for at home and on the road.

The all-new Fire TV Stick Lite (AU$59) is a reimagined Fire TV experience that is more personal and customized, and includes the introduction of Alexa on Fire TV in Australia for the first time.

“We’re passionate about inventing on behalf of our customers to make it easier to enjoy the best in entertainment,” said Kate Burleigh, Alexa and Devices Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand.

“Fire TV Stick Lite and the redesigned Fire TV experience with Alexa will bring a more personalized, intuitive streaming experience to Australian customers, so that it’s even simpler to enjoy the shows you love.”

Fire TV Stick Lite delivers 50% more power than Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and features an enhanced 1.7GHz quad-core processor, delivering quick app starts and fast streaming in 1080p at 60fps. The dual-band, dual-antenna WiFi supports 5 GHz networks for more stable streaming and fewer dropped connections.

For the first time in Australia, the Fire TV Stick Lite also has ABC iview, 9Now, 10 play and SBS On Demand available for customers. This is in addition to Prime Video, Apple TV, Stan, 7plus, Red Bull TV, Tubi, Disney+, and Optus Sport already available to Fire TV customers in Australia.

Fire TV Stick Lite also comes with Alexa Voice Remote Lite, a new remote that allows customers to access the power of voice with the simple press of a button.

With Alexa, customers can ask for music, weather, news, and information—and now with Alexa on Fire TV, customers can open an app, search for a show, and more, all through voice.

Prime Video features additional voice functionality allowing customers to begin watching a show by simply saying “Alexa, play The Boys.” Customers can also use their voice to easily control playback, so you can quickly fast-forward, rewind, pause or play the next episode. Prime Video will be available with in-app voice controls, with more apps having this functionality soon.

Customers can pair compatible Echo devices with Fire TV, allowing them to navigate the Fire TV experience without picking up the remote. Just say “Alexa, find dramas on Fire TV.”

With Alexa on Fire TV, customers can check the weather, their calendar, or ask where the nearest Thai restaurant is, and Alexa will respond with visual search results. Customers can also ask Alexa to control lights, smart plugs, and other compatible smart home devices.

Alexa is always getting smarter, meaning Alexa on Fire TV will continue to receive updates even after purchase, with new Alexa skills, software features, and apps added regularly.

Fire TV in Australia now includes an updated, content-forward interface that makes finding the shows and apps you love even easier.

Alexa is at the core of the new Fire TV experience, featuring improved voice controls that give you greater control of your entertainment. Just say “Alexa, go to Library” to browse shows.

With user profiles, Fire TV now delivers a personalized experience for up to six members of a household, providing individual content recommendations, viewing history, watch lists, preferred settings, and more.

Changing user profiles is simple by saying “Alexa, switch to my profile.” After initial set up, Alexa will automatically recognize the voice and switch to your profile.