Amazon Takes on Apple TV, Roku with Fire TV

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.