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Amazon just announced a new Fire TV to compete with the new K Apple TV heres how they compare

It all boils down to how much youre willing to spend, and whether or not these devices would best complement your current TV setup and your audio setup.

If youre lucky enough to have Gigabit Ethernet in your home, the Apple TV K supports those speeds right out of the box. The Amazon Fire TV with K, on the other hand, only supports Gigabit Ethernet with an Ethernet adapter; Amazon is selling a adapterthat comes out the same day as the new Fire TV with K.

It competes directly with the new Apple TV, also announced this month, which also supports K and HDR for the first time.

The ecosystems could also be a selling point for you as well. While Apple and Amazon have similar music services, the Apple TV has the iTunes Storeandit will soon get the Prime Video app; the Fire TV will never have the iTunes Store. This might be a consideration for you if youre a longtime iTunes user, or have an affinity to the Apple ecosystem.

That said, there are some nole technical differences between these streaming devices that will help you decide which one is best for you well even help you keep score. Take a look

The Apple TV K and the new Amazon Fire TV with K share some similar features. Both devices support

A vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines.

That said, most people will find it pretty hard to actually use all of this space, since most services, including Netflix and movies from iTunes, require streaming. The only things youd be downloading are apps, iTunes movie rentals, and podcasts if you do a lot of those things, though, the Apple TV might be the way to go. Otherwise, GB on the Fire TV should be just fine.

The Apple TV K comes with more onboard storage GB or GB compared to the new Fire TV with K, which only has GB of space.

The Apple TV is one of the larger settop devices, and needs to sit on a suce. The Fire TV is comparatively small, lightweight, and unobtrusive; it can hang behind your TV set.

The Apple TV supports sound systems up to Dolby Digital Plus . surround. The more affordable Amazon Fire TV with K actually goes a step further and supports Dolby Digital Plus . surround, as well as Dolby Atmos, which Dolby pushes as its most immersive audio system. The Apple TV K will get Dolby Atmos support at some point in the future, but it wont be available at launch.

Dave Smith/Business InsiderAmazon on Tuesday announced a new Fire TV settop streaming device with support for the highquality K and HDR formats.

This might be a deciding ctor for many people, especially those who already own HDRcapable TVs. The Apple TV K supports both HDR and Dolby Vision HDR standards, whereas the Amazon Fire TV with K only supports the HDR standard.

• Hundreds of thousands of apps from services like Netflix, HBO, and others

Keep in mind You can always try these devices and return them if you dont like them, or want to try the rival device. Apple has a day return policy for its stores, while Amazon lets you return any item within days of its delivery to get a full refund.

• Their own remote controls, which let you navigate the onscreen experience using buttons or your voice leveraging Siri on the Apple TV, and Alexa on the Fire TV

Both the Apple TV K and the new Fire TV with K come with their ir share of positive and negative attributes. The Apple TV supports more HDR standards and Gigabit Ethernet out of the box, but doesnt support Dolby Atmos like the Fire TV, and isnt nearly as affordable.

Heres the difference Most current HDRcapable TVs support HDR , but on , Dolby Vision supports a brighter and more rich experience. LG and Vizio most noly support Dolby Vision, so if you have one of those TVs, the Apple TV K might be your only option to get the best experience possible.

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The key differentiator here is price The new Amazon Fire TV with K costs , while the new Apple TV K costs for GB of storage, and for GB of storage.

If you own a TV that supports Dolby Vision, and you really want to enjoy that particular experience, it might be worth shelling out for the Apple TV. If you just want a capable device to stream K and HDR content to your TV, though, or youre really invested in Dolby Atmos, the Fire TV with K might be your best bet.

Amazon just announced a new Fire TV to compete with the new K Apple TV heres how they compare

For the sake of argument, lets just say both TV settops are equal in these respects.

Even though the Fire TV only comes with a small amount of onboard storage, Amazon more than makes up for it by offering free cloud storage for any Amazon content. Apple doesnt have a similar offering here.Amazon just announced a new Fire TV to compete with the new K Apple TV heres how they compare

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