Chromecast and ROKU now have another competitor in the Streaming Stick market. The Amazon Fire TV Stick retails for an attractive $39 and is ready to plug into your HDMI slot and stream 1080p video with Dolby Digital Plus sound. Streaming comes from a slew of services, apps, and channels (YouTube, Netflix, Showtime Anytime, Hulu to name a few) and renting movies from Amazon Instant Video has never been easier. The Fire TV Stick also enables causal gaming for titles such as Flappy Bird Family. Releasing November 19th, this new device seems to be selling like hotcakes – orders placed today won’t arrive until January 15th – so order yours soon!
After using Google Chromecast for a few weeks, I’m hard-pressed to think of a tech product I’ve purchased with a better value. For only $35, Chromecast turns your HDTV into a wireless streaming machine by simply sticking the device into an HDMI slot. Even if you already have a smart TV with integrated apps for much of your video content – you can also throw anything in a Chrome Browser tab up on your big screen with the click of a button. Currently supports Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows and is fully integrated with Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play content.
Toshiba just announced a new line of 3D TV’s. What makes theirs stand out from the crowd is that they don’t require any funky glasses. The “perpendicular lenticular sheet” shoots light in nine different directions, creating a full 3D effect when watching within the “viewing zone” (it won’t work at all distances and angles). The technology is similar to that of the Nintendo 3DS, but will cost significantly more. A 20″ “naked-eye” 3D TV – designed for personal use – will run about $1,400.