Amazon Unveils New 'Amazon Fire TV' Video Streaming Box With Gaming Capabilities

Amazon Unveils New 'Amazon Fire TV' Video Streaming Box With Gaming Capabilities

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Amazon has just unveiled Amazon Fire TV, a tiny box that plugs into your HDTV for easy and instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, SHOWTIME, low-cost video rentals, and more.

“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid. Our exclusive new ASAP feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”

Amazon Unveils New 'Amazon Fire TV' Video Streaming Box With Gaming Capabilities

Amazon Fire TV Features:
● Voice search that actually works—simply speak the name of a movie, TV show, actor, director, or genre into the remote, and you’re done. No more hunting and pecking in an alphabet grid.
● All the content—instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, YouTube, and more, plus the largest selection of videos for rent and purchase—over 200,000 movies and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video. Plus, listen to music with Amazon MP3, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more.
● Powerful performance in a tiny form factor—quad-core processor with over 3x the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3, a dedicated GPU, plus 4x the memory of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3 for exceptional speed and fluidity. Delivers stunning 1080p HD video and immersive Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. All of this comes in an incredibly small package—Fire TV is 0.7” thin and comes with a simple and sleek remote control with a built-in microphone.
● Simple and easy to use—arrives pre-registered so you can start watching immediately out of the box.
● An exclusive new feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you even hit play—instant start.
● High-quality, low-cost gaming—games like Minecraft, Monsters University, The Game of Life, The Walking Dead, NBA2K14, Asphalt 8, Riptide GP2, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and more. The average price of paid games on Fire TV is $1.85. Play using your Fire TV remote, the Fire TV app for smartphones and tablets, or the optional Fire game controller.
● Amazon FreeTime revolutionizes parental controls—parents can choose what their kids see and set time limits for types of content and times of day—no more negotiating for one more show before bedtime. Customers who subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited—Amazon’s all-you-can-eat content subscription designed for kids ages 3 to 8—will get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV shows.
● X-Ray for movies, TV shows, and music—see information about cast and crew, trivia, goofs, and synchronized lyrics.
● See all of your photos and personal videos come alive on your big-screen TV—seamless integration with Amazon’s Cloud Drive.

Amazon says the quad-core processor in the Fire TV has 3x the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3, and a dedicated Adreno 320 graphics engine that processes 57 billion floating point instructions per second. Fire TV has 2GB of memory, 4x the memory of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3.

Pricing & Availability
Fire TV is available today for $99 from the link below. Eligible customers get a free 30-day trial of Netflix and Amazon Prime when they purchase Fire TV.

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Amazon Unveils New 'Amazon Fire TV' Video Streaming Box With Gaming Capabilities

Amazon Unveils New 'Amazon Fire TV' Video Streaming Box With Gaming Capabilities

Amazon Unveils New 'Amazon Fire TV' Video Streaming Box With Gaming Capabilities
Good move - April 3, 2014 at 9:48am
Good move by Amazon. Even they know that Apple has such a strong consumer base with the Apple TV 2 that if Amazon tries to release their Fire TV after Apple unveils their new TV appliance the public will be less likely to embrace the Fire TV and the media will focus more on the Apple TV. Fire TV can garner as much media exposure as they can now, until Apple comes out with their product. The double edged sword? Apple now has the chance to beef up the specs on their upcoming device which will cast a large shadow over Amazon's Fire TV.
Spamcis xD - April 3, 2014 at 10:52am
Get this, Apple TV can do way more than whatever spamazon is still attempting to beat them at, sure it is faster and has gaming, but where's the mirroring and channels support from them?
El Compa - April 3, 2014 at 9:14am
Another piece of garbage. No mirror support. These companies think we're stupid. I'm not paying for extra services when I already have movies and shows to watch that can easily be mirrored.
Crack Slack - April 2, 2014 at 7:02pm
No wonder it's big, they took lessons from the gaylaxy to cram power in it.
AJ - April 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
Not impressed!
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