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Dirt cheap: Amazon launches new movie gadget for your TV

Dirt cheap: Amazon launches new movie gadget for your TV
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Great news for cable cutters! There's a new option for streaming movies and other media right to your TV screen - and you can pick it up for cheap if you act fast.

Amazon is launching a clever little gadget to do just that, but the best part is its amazing little price, less than $20. Amazon already has an instant streaming video service (Amazon Instant Video) and streaming hardware box, FireTV, but this new gadget adds another streaming device to its product list.

It's called the Fire TV Stick and it's aiming to turn Google's $35 Chromecast to ashes. And, to make the deal that much hotter, Amazon Prime members can preorder the Fire Stick for just $19, but only for the next two days.

Otherwise, the Fire Stick will go on sale November 19th for the still very reasonable price of $39.

If you're not a Prime member, you can still preorder the stick for $39 and it comes with a 30-day trial of Prime.

Plus, Fire Stick comes with a very handy extra that's not available with Google's Chromecast.

According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the "Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available." It offers the same experience that FireTV does, but adds a little bit more flair, and better portability.

Like the FireTV box, the Fire TV Stick plugs into your TV's HDMI port and connects you to an Amazon Prime or Instant Video account, as well as Amazon Music. It also supports the other streaming services you would expect it to have like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, Crackle and many more. You can even play Flappy Bird and a handful of other fun games.

With a dual-core processor and dual-band Wi-Fi, the Fire Stick offers 8GB of internal storage and 1G of RAM, nearly four times as powerful as the Chromecast and six times as much processing power than the Roku streaming stick.

Unlike Chromecast, Fire Stick ships with an actual remote control. Chromecast users control the Google gadget with smartphones, tablets or computers.

The Fire TV Stick also has a fancier remote than the one included. It will set you back $29, but it has voice searching capabilities. Or, you can download the remote app, which isn't yet available for iOS gadgets.

Want to see how the Fire Stick compares to the other streaming sticks on the market? Click here to see my Streaming Stick Chart to find out.

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