The FAVI SmartStick has been around for a good while now, providing a low cost solution to making your dumb big screen TV smarter. But ever since Google came out with the Chromecast and blew that low cost argument out of the water, FAVI’s attack targeted efficiency and convenience. This is what you get with the FAVI SmartStick Media Center – all the digital video content you want, with choices on how you want to stream them.
Say for example you want to watch Christopher Nolan’s excellent movie “Inception” – FAVI’s SmartStick Media Center will give you all the options available to where to stream them from. There are free sources (Crackle, Break.com, etc.), and then there are subscriptions (Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc.), and then there are the one-time purchase or digital rent options (Google Play Movies & TV, Vudu). All of these options are presented to you when you tap on a movie or TV show you want to watch.
“Having unlimited options for viewing our favorite content is a beautiful thing, but sifting through endless apps can be very frustrating and costly,” says Jeremy Yakel, CEO of FAVI Entertainment. “This is why SmartStick is changing the game – no more guesswork jumping from app to app trying to see who has what. It’s streaming simplified.”
Let’s not forget that the SmartStick Media Center is an actual device, and it will retail for USD$99 through Best Buy, Amazon, and Newegg in late this month, but it is available now in limited quantities through FAVI’s online stores. The stick attaches to your TV’s HDMI port the same way an old Chromecast stick does. It is powered by a quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, plus 8GB internal storage. It supports dual band wifi and Bluetooth 3.0, plus it has an additional 2 more USB 2.0 slots, a microSD expansion port, and a dedicated remote that goes with the unit.