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Amazon Adds Fire TV, Stick Features

Seattle — Amazon is beefing up the features on its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

The new features, which will be delivered via an over-the-air software update, include the ability to expand the storage on the Fire TV using a USB storage device. This model will also now support Bluetooth headphones for wireless listening

Aiming to make the streaming-media devices more portable, Amazon said consumers can now use both the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick in any Wi-Fi network that requires web authentication, such as hotels or dorm rooms.

Other updated features for both devices include:

  • the ability to listen to Prime Music playlists directly from both devices (must be a Prime member);
  • a new PIN entry screen that hides the selected numbers for enhanced security; and
  • new shortcuts that lets users put the devices to sleep or enable display mirroring by pressing and holding the Home button on the remote.

Amazon launched its Fire TV ($99 suggested retail) and Fire TV Stick ($39) last year. Both devices are geared toward cord-cutters, occupying a space accompanied by such streaming media devices as Apple TV and Chromecast.