Amazon Takes on Apple TV, Roku with Fire TV

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Amazon made a new push to take over your livingroom on Wednesday when it announced the Amazon Fire TV. Like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox Live, and Google Chromecast, Fire TV offers streaming content such as TV shows, movies, and music.

Amazon's Fire TV wants to compete with Apple TV, Roku, and Google ChromecastAmazon's Fire TV wants to compete with Apple TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast

Fire TV's feature to set it apart from the competition is its ability to predict what you want to watch, and then loads them so you don't have to wait for the video stream to buffer before you start watching, according to Engadget.

The box sports 2GB RAM, a quad-core processor, a dedicated GPU, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a Bluetooth remote control with a microphone for voice input. It includes HDMI, optical audio, and Ethernet ports, plus it works with Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming, and supports YouTube and Hulu.

Netflix, NBA Gametime, and Plex will likely come to Fire TV soon. Fire TV runs on Google's Android, which means porting other apps should be relatively easy.

If you already have an Amazon-branded tablet, such as the Kindle Fire, you can view additional information about the shows you're currently watching, too.

Amazon is just now showing off Fire TV for the first time, so pricing and availability hasn't been announced yet.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

  Amazon clearly wants to be the one stop shop for your books, movies, music, and videos. Between Amazon Prime, Kindle Fire, and now Fire TV, they’re working hard to make that happen.

They even have a Judge helping them.

ibuck

They even have a Judge helping them.

Not to mention the US Justice Dept, who keeps looking the other way.

jfbiii

Still no effing browser? WTF is wrong with people. Why can I create a subpar video stream from my Mac to my Apple TV and a subpar video stream from my iPad mini to my Apple TV but I can’t just open a browser in the Apple TV and stream directly from there? How is it that every single tv box lacks a browser?

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