Following in the footsteps of Apple TV, Roku and Google’s Chromecast, today Amazon unveiled its own video streaming device called Amazon Fire TV, a Quad-core 2 GB $99 box that connects to your HDTV for easy and instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Watch ESPN, Showtime, low-cost video rentals, and much more. Fire TV also brings photos, music, and games to the living room. Amazon Fire TV starts shipping today.
Here are the features that were announced by Amazon:
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.