Ahead of the company's hardware event this Thursday, pictures of a seemingly new Amazon Fire TV stick were leaked. WinFuture.de, which shared the pictures, says they will show the upcoming "Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite" – a likely successor to the discontinued second generation Fire TV Stick valued at $ 35.
There are no visual surprises here, as the design of the device hardly differs from previous models. The main differences are a new Amazon logo on the bottom of the remote control, the removal of the power and volume buttons, and a new button with a TV icon. There are no leaked specs so we can only speculate on hardware changes. However, it is possible that the new TV button will lead viewers to Amazon's growing selection of live TV shows.
As the company detailed in a blog post in July, Fire TV now supports live content from apps like Sling TV and YouTube TV, with support for Hulu + Live TV "soon." All of this live content can be accessed through a single category in the Fire TV app. If Amazon enables this feature, it makes sense to add its own button to the device's remote control.
A new Fire TV Stick Lite would be the cheaper alternative to the Fire TV Stick 4K for $ 50. Given the rumors that Google is slated to release a new Chromecast this month, it's a good time for Amazon to bring out a new, budget-friendly TV streaming stick.