Smart TVs have been around for years, but many people still stream their Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other videos using an external device like a Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV. Those devices offer more apps, more frequent updates and a better streaming experience than many built-in Smart TV systems.
In the last couple of years platforms like Roku and Google’s Android TV have been built directly into the TVs, so you don’t need to connect an external streamer at all. Now Amazon is doing the same thing with its Fire TV platform.
Coming later this year are 4K TVs from Westinghouse, Seiki and Element with Amazon Fire TV built in. They’ll provide access to the thousands of apps, games and Alexa skills found on external Fire TV gadgets like the Fire TV Stick. Just like those devices, the TVs will include a remote with a microphone that can be used to access Alexa, incuding content search and control of smart home devices.
Just like the Roku TVs from TCL and other makers we like so much, the “Amazon Fire TV Edition” sets promise improved ease of use too. There’s no need to switch inputs to watch Netflix, for example, and both streaming and standard TV can be accessed from a single remote.
Here are their specifications.
Available in 43, 50, 55 and 65-inch sizes4K resolutionAlexa voice remote included3 GB memory, 16 GB internal storageBluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connectivity
For more on Fire TV’s capabilities, check out our review of the Amazon Fire TV stick with Alexa Voice Remote.
The TVs will go on sale later this year at Amazon.com and major retailers. Pricing was not announced.