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Don’t buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K – two new models are likely to arrive soon

Thinking about buying a new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K? We suggest delaying that purchase, as some new regulatory approvals suggest two new Fire TV sticks are coming very soon.

As noted by the tech journalist Janko Roettgers (through AFTV news), Amazon just submitted two “Digital Media Receiver” devices for FCC approval, which is usually a strong signal that product launches are imminent.

THE FCC Documents they don’t mention the Fire TV Stick by name, as is usually the case, but they contain several clues that indicate that these are new versions of Amazon’s streaming stick.

Aside from the description of “Digital Media Receiver” (which was used for previous Fire TV devices), the docs describe devices tested with a large LG accessory (most likely a TV or monitor) and a Bluetooth accessory, which could be the Fire TV remote.

But which Fire TV Sticks could these two new models succeed? It’s hard to tell right now, as the only difference between the two (according to the docs) is that one is a Wi-Fi 6 device and the other has Wi-Fi 6E (a slightly faster form of wireless connectivity with lower latency ). ).

However, as AFTVnews points out, this suggests that the new streaming sticks are 4K models, as the current 3rd generation Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite (released in 2020) are probably too low-end to be able to squeeze into the latest Wi-Fi technology at their prices. The current Fire TV Stick 4K Max also already supports Wi-Fi 6.

A further hint that the two new models could be the successors to the first generation Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the fact that the latter is currently down to the lowest price ever for non-Prime members in the market. labour. Daily sales.

Another possibility is that Amazon is planning to launch a new Fire TV Stick 4K and a new Lite version to go alongside, which would match the lineup of its standard Fire TV Sticks.

In any case, it doesn’t look like we’ll have to wait long to find out – according to David Limp (Amazon’s senior vice president of devices and services), the tech giant is hosting a big launch event on September 20, and we’re expecting new Fire TV Sticks to be among the announcements.


Analysis: A FAST path to many free TV channels

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Amazon’s Fire TV Sticks have been among the best streaming devices you can buy for some time now, but stiff competition from Roku, Google and Nvidia have pushed them down our hierarchy, meaning the launch of some new models would be very welcome.

The rise of FAST TV (or free ad-supported streaming television) has made affordable streaming sticks more attractive than ever, and Amazon Fire TV Sticks have recently been updated with tons of free streaming channels.

This update has added a new Travel TV section, a host of new shows from the NHL, Xbox and TMZ, as well as a small redesign to help you browse the many content categories, which include news, sports, music, games, comedy and even more.

With the Fire TV Stick also supporting popular apps like Sling Freestream, Tubu, and Xumo Play, small streaming devices are becoming a cheap way to access lots of free and ad-supported TV.

Even the hardware itself can make a big difference to the experience. We particularly like the Fire TV Stick 4K Max’s more efficient performance and faster wireless connectivity compared to Amazon’s cheaper devices, so a few upgrades along those lines could once again see the lineup climb higher in our guide to the best streaming devices.

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