The holidays are nearly upon us, and iterative hardware updates abound. The new Fire TV Stick 4K, which Amazon announced somewhat unceremoniously earlier this month, isn’t so much a revelation as a natural progression. It’s the first in the Fire TV Stick lineup to support 4K high dynamic range (HDR) content, and the first to pack in a new remote control — the somewhat clunkily dubbed Alexa Voice Remote with Device Control — that lets you control devices with a flick of the wrist. It’s quite a comeback for a dongle the Seattle company let languish for the better part of two years, and a shot across the bow at Roku, which in September took the wraps off of the 4K-compatible, IR remote-touting Premiere+. The good news? It was well worth the wait. 4K Everywhere Amazon launched the Fire TV (2017) — a diminutive flat cube of a thing — at a September hardware event last year. It supports 4K (up to 60 frames per second) in HDR10, which covers 100 percent of DCI-P3 and Rec. 2020 color spaces for a total of 1.07 billion colors (1,024 shades of each primary color), plus Dolby Atmos, a premium audio format for multichannel surround sound setups…. Read full this story
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