New Fire TV box streams 4K Ultra HD content
The killer app that is binge watching of TV series looks set to grow substantially with the launch of the Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD for £79.99.
The new Ultra HD set-top box promises to stream a growing library of Amazon Prime content that is available in 4K resolution and Amazon are also increasing the amount of their content available in 1080p resolution and by using the same HEVC codec used for the 4K content the HD streams may not need much more bandwidth that current content. The general rule is that for pre-recorded 4K content a reliable 20 Mbps to 25 Mbps connection is required and with 8GB of storage space the Fire TV will buffer a fair amount of shows and films to avoid buffering issues.
The new Fire TV includes an Ethernet port for the most reliable connection, but also supports dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and has a microSD slot with support for up to 128 GB so you can expand the storage on the device.