By Mike Szostech

First announced in late October 2021, and set to ship in Canada on November 4, 2021, Amazon Canada is getting into the TV business. Rather than buying a smart TV and then buying an Amazon FireStick to control it, the Fire TV comes with voice control with Alexa built right in.

Amazon Fire TV 75″ Omni Series

There are two series of Fire TVs, the Fire TV 4-series, and the Fire TV Omni. Amazon says the 4-series is best for everyday entertainment with support for vivid 4K Ultra HD, while the Omni series is best for a home theatre experience.

Sizes available are 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch – the two largest sizes are only available in the Omni series.

  • Brilliant 4K entertainment – Bring movies and shows to life with support for vivid 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, HLG, and Dolby Digital Plus, and control the TV hands-free with Alexa.
  • Scenes that leap off the screen – 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, and HLG deliver a clearer and more vibrant picture with brighter colors compared to 1080p Full HD.
  • Hands-free TV with Alexa – With built-in microphones, just ask to turn on the TV, and find, launch, and control content, so you can put down the remote.
  • Watch what you want – Stream over 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favourites with subscriptions to Netflix Canada, Prime Video, Disney+, and more.
  • All your entertainment in one place – Watch live and free TV, play video games, and stream music.
  • Smart and always getting smarter – Fire TV adds new Alexa skills, features, smart home capabilities, and voice functionality all the time.
  • Connect all your devices – Use the 3 HDMI inputs to connect to cable or satellite and video game consoles. The HDMI eARC lets you add audio equipment for enhanced sound.
  • Designed to protect your privacy – Built with privacy protections and controls, including a switch that electronically disconnects the microphones.

Fire TV is always adding new Alexa skills, features, smart home capabilities, and voice functionality. You can ask Alexa to do things like start a video call with Alexa Communications, or show picture-in-picture live camera feeds without interrupting your workout.

Coming soon — You’ll be able to make Zoom video calls, and use AirPlay to share videos, photos, music, and more from your iPhone or iPad to your Fire TV Omni Series. Compatible devices sold separately.”

For Privacy, Amazon Canada has includes a microphone off switch on the bottom of the Fire TV Omni Series to electronically disconnect the microphone.

Amazon Fire TV 43″ Omni Series

Available in Black (43", 50", 55"), or Metallic silver (65", 75"). The 43" version does not support Dolby Vision, a feature that allows for a more cinematic experience. If that feature interests you, we recommend the 65" and 75" versions.