Amazon Unleashes Fire TV Set-Top BoxCategory: Gadgets
Posted: April 2, 2014 11:09AM
Rumors of Amazon developing a set-top box have existed ever since April of last year. With more and more information coming forth since then, to include additional details on the set-top box, possible Android integration, video game controller support, and hardware resembling a streaming stick, consumers have been eagerly awaiting an official announcement from Amazon. That day has come, as Amazon has just announced from its video event its new set-top box known as Amazon Fire TV.
The device is powered by Android and HTML, includes a remote that features a microphone for voice controls, and supports Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. The Amazon Fire TV set-top box features powerful hardware such as a quad-core processor that features three times the processing power of Apple TV and Roku, as well as 2GB of RAM, which is four times the amount featured in Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku. The device includes connectivity support for HDMI, optical audio, Ethernet, and USB. One of the technologies that makes Amazon Fire TV stand out over its competition, besides its hardware, is Advanced Streaming and Prediction, or ASAP, which adapts to viewing habits based on prior experiences and enables content to load immediately after selection.
The newest device from Amazon focuses heavily on being the multimedia hub of any living room, supporting various video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Vimeo, and more. Music streaming services such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, and VEVO are also natively supported. While the Roku does allow for casual gaming, Amazon is taking video games even further with exclusive video game titles and the Amazon Fire Game Controller, which can be purchased separately for $39.99.
Amazon Fire TV is available immediately for purchase for $99.00 from the Amazon website, which includes free shipping.