Cord cutters and television and movie fans will soon be rejoicing. This October, two fantastic new streaming devices will be released.

 On October 5, 2015 the new version of Amazon’s Fire TV was released at $99.99, this new streaming device has Alexa, the voice assistant of the Amazon Echo built-in. This allows you to check sports scores and get information just by verbally asking. Just say the name of the show you want to watch and it will be presented to you. You can also use it to stream Amazon Prime music. This new Fire TV is also be a gaming device with over 800 games and there will be a gaming version with a game controller for $139. This new Fire TV will be able to stream 4K TV and you can use it even if you don’t have a 4K TV.

Siri provides an intelligent voice search for the new Apple TV. Siri will, search across multiple apps. So all you have to do is say “Play “Blacklist” and she will search through your apps and start it whether it is on Hulu, Netflix, ABC, or HBO Go (as long as you subscribe to these.) A great “What did she say?” feature will replay the video for the last 15 seconds so you can hear the audio that you missed. This Apple TV will also give you weather and sports scores, schedules & stats including MLB TV. Hockey will be added in 2016 and in these sports you can zoom in and actually scroll between two games at once. The new Apple TV also has access to iTunes music and games including Guitar Hero and many others that you can play on your phone & transfer to your TV even if you are in the middle of a game. The new Apple TV has also incorporated shopping websites. It doesn’t currently play videos from Amazon Prime and it doesn’t support 4K transmissions.

The remote control on the new Apple TV is touch sensitive, so you can just scroll quickly through choices by moving your finger across the remote. That alone is ground-breaking. At $149 to $199 the Apple TV is also affordable.

By the way, Apple will allow the old Apple TV to remain on the market for $69. Don’t buy it. It is totally outdated technology. Save your pennies for the new versions of either of these two streaming devices.