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Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition review

Priced at $69.

CHOICE Expert Rating

64%

What is the CHOICE Expert Rating

CHOICE Expert rating

This is the product's overall performance score, based on key tests conducted by our industry experts in the CHOICE labs.

Good points

• Very good categorisation of content
• Very good parental controls

Bad points

• No catch-up TV
• No viewing recommendations
• No 'continue watching' shortcut
• No search screen, as such
• Very poor standby energy consumption and button to switch off via remote control
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CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

Overall score includes: Ease of use score (50%); Remote control score (40%) and standby energy score (10%).

64%
Ease of use score View more details.

We look for how easy it is to set up the device and how intuitive the on-screen display and menu system is to carry out various tasks.

58%
Remote control score View more details.

The remote control should have buttons big enough to press without touching the adjacent ones, and clear labels, ideally with different shapes to quickly associate with different tasks. Devices that do not come with a remote as standard are noted but not penalised in the overall score. However the lack of a remote may have implications to the ease of use score.

83%
Standby energy consumption score View more details.

Standby energy score is made with the unit in standby mode. Models that measure greater than 2W score 0%, 1–1.9W scores 40%, 0.5–0.9W 80%, and less than 0.5W 100%.

20%
Standby W
1.2
Price View more details.

Price is recommended retail pricing as of March 2016

$69
Yearly running cost
$3.80
USB in View more details.

USB in allows you to connect movies stored on a USB device to the streaming device connected to your TV and watch the movie on your TV.

No
Memory card reader
No
Toslink
No
Bluetooth version View more details.

Bluetooth is a peer to peer wireless protocol used to connect one device to another. The different numbers refer to different levels of support. 2.1 introduced support for stereo while versions 3 and 4.2 offer higher transfer speeds and improved power efficiency.

4.1
Dimensions (mm, H x W x D)
86 x 30 x 13
Internal storage (GB)
8
Country of origin
China
Contact
amazon.com.au
9Now View more details.

Previously called Jumpin, the 9Now site shows a selection of programs from Channel Nine and will also deliver content from the GEM, GO and the new Life channels.

No
ABC iView View more details.

ABC's iView catch-up channel has been around for several years and has a strong following. Not only does iView show programs from all four ABC channels as well as News 24, it sometimes offers up high-rating shows online before the live broadcast.

No
Plus7 View more details.

Plus7 is the catch-up service from Channel Seven, streaming Aussie dramas such as Home And Away or Packed to the Rafters. Live streaming of 7, 7Two and 7Mate are also available if you can’t get to a TV.

No
SBS on demand View more details.

Australia’s multicultural network delivers catch-up TV in a simple, effective layout, with a range of series and world movies to watch at your leisure.

No
Tenplay View more details.

Channel Ten's Tenplay shows TV and movies on demand from Eleven and ONE. You get a mix of old sitcoms and movies, popular shows such as The Project, Neighbours and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, as well as a good selection of local sporting content from ONE.

No
Netflix View more details.

Netflix has a large library of movies and TV series, ranging from classics to recent releases. Netflix is also one of the first services to offer 4K content – perfect for watching on a large-screen TV.

Yes
Stan View more details.

Stan is a local streaming service started in 2015 and owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media. The service offers some big-name US series such as My Name is Saul and Transparent, quite a lot of local programming via a deal with ABC, and is starting to commission original local content. Its simple fee structure is a flat monthly $10 fee for unlimited viewing.

No
Fox Now View more details.

Fox Now is a streaming version of the Foxtel subscription service giving you all the channels that you pay for, with the same look and feel as if you subscribed to the Foxtel cable service. The packages range in price from around $10 for a very basic choice up to more than $100 per month for everything Foxtel has to offer.

No
Home search screen View more details.

Just like a TV guide, the home search screen is a good place to start when looking for a show or movie you want to watch.

No
Google Play Movies and TV View more details.

Google Play Movies & TV is an online video on demand service operated by Google.

No
iTunes View more details.

Apple iTunes is an online video and music on service operated by Apple. You need a Apple ID to access the movies, TV shows, videos and music on offer.

No
Bigpond Movies View more details.

Bigpond movies is an online video on demand service operated by Telstra. You need a Telstra ID to access the movies on offer.

No
Netflix remote button View more details.

A dedicated button for Netflix makes it easy to access the service.

No
Stan remote button View more details.

A dedicated button for Stan makes it easy to access the service.

No
YouTube remote button View more details.

A dedicated button for YouTube makes it easy to access the service.

No
Ethernet port
No
4K capable View more details.

4K is the new king of video quality, with video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels or four times the resolution of full-HD (1080p). Netflix was one of the first services to offer 4K content and others have followed – perfect for watching on a large-screen TV. All the devices in this test support HD.

No
HDR View more details.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) TVs deliver greater contrast between dark and bright colors, giving you greater detail in shade areas and more realistic colours in difficult video situations such as overly dark or overly light scenes. However to enjoy HDR, you need a TV to support the format and the content needs to have the information stored in the video to let the TV know how to deal with the picture.

not applicable
Wi-Fi direct View more details.

Wi-Fi Direct is a wireless technology that enables devices to connect directly to one another without having to join the local wireless network. This means you can connect your device to the TV to show movies without a confusing setup procedure. Simply select the TV on your device and play the video.

Yes
Miracast View more details.

Miricast is similar to WiFi direct in that its an easy way to show video from a smart device on another display using a wireless connection, however Miricast is screen mirroring, where it simply shows whatever is on the player's screen, while WiFi direct allows you to continue working on other stuff while playing the video in the background.

Yes
DLNA View more details.

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) began life as an organisation attempting to get all the smart devices and products that were increasingly finding their way into the family home to play nicely and require less technical ability to operate. Part of this solution would be to have a TV that supports DLNA to 'look' for other devices on the home network and play video, music and picture files stored anywhere on your network.

No

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