Amazon Hearth TV comes out to play in 4K
In the event you’re one of many people that is bought a 4K TV, Amazon has some excellent news for you: The brand new Hearth TV helps 4K and nonetheless prices $ninety nine.ninety nine (£eighty). Along with dealing with all these additional pixels, the voice distant now calls up Alexa, the Echo assistant with entry to extra than simply film and TV titles. Ask it concerning the climate, sports activities, visitors and have it play music out of your Amazon playlists and Prime. All the info is displayed in your TV. The corporate additionally introduced a $forty nine.ninety nine (£forty five) Hearth TV Stick with a Voice Distant (lastly) and a brand new recreation controller additionally with voice management and a headphone jack so your zombie capturing methods do not disturb the remainder of the home.
People with common HDTVs can reap the benefits of the Hearth TV’s help of HEVC (excessive effectivity video coding) for greater high quality 1080p streams at decrease bit charges. Amazon says that HEVC is roughly two occasions extra environment friendly than the usual h.264. Should you reside in an space the place your streaming video high quality is on par with an eight-bit online game, HEVC may assist.
The brand new field additionally helps 802.11ac for higher lengthy-vary efficiency, has seventy five-% extra processing energy and a GPU that is twice as quick. All that additional silicon power is for the corporate’s up to date concentrate on making the Hearth TV a low-value console for cellular video games in your TV. To additional persuade you to start out enjoying video games with the system, Amazon not solely up to date its recreation controller with a extra ergonomic design, voice management and headphone jack, however it additionally launched the Hearth TV Gaming Version. The $139.ninety nine pack comes with a Hearth TV, controller, 32GB microSD card and two video games (Duck Tales and Shovel Knight). It should additionally solely be out there within the US.
Whereas the Hearth TV Stick received some replace love with its new Voice Distant, the common $39.ninety nine (£35) model will allow you to use the Hearth TV Distant app for iOS and Android to talk together with your TV.
Whereas the Alexa-powered voice function on the now TV-related bins is good, sadly it will not be as strong as what’s obtainable within the Echo. For instance, you will not have the ability to inform your TV to show off your lights. However throughout a briefing, Amazon spokespersons stated that whereas not obtainable on this launch, the corporate does see the TV as an IoT hub.
All this new Alexa-powered chit chat will even be out there by way of an upcoming OTA Hearth TV OS 5 replace for to present Hearth TV and Hearth TV Stick house owners that may also convey Amazon’s tech help function Mayday to your TV.
The brand new hardware is obtainable now for pre-order with the Hearth TV delivery on October 5 and the Hearth TV Persist with Voice Distant heading out on October 22.
- Key specs
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- Sort Audio / video participant
- Video providers Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Different
- Audio providers Pandora, Different
- Video codec help h.264 / AVC, MPEG-four, VC-1
- Audio codec help AAC, MP3
- Video outputs HDMI (1&#one hundred sixty;outputs, v1.four)
- Audio outputs TOSLINK (optical)
- Launched 2014-04-02