Amazon's FireTV $99 set-top box is looking to light up your living room


The Amazon set-top box, which we first caught wind of this January, is now a matter of fact. Called FireTV, the tiny $99 streaming device is already on sale. The FireTV features a compelling quad-core Qualcomm processor and 2GB RAM, and taking shots at competing products from Roku and Apple.



So, what does Amazon's latest fiery invention do, exactly? For starters, it hooks you up to Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo and all that's worth calling itself a "streaming service". In addition, the box streams content from your Amazon Cloud Drive account on the TV screen, and the "X-Ray" movie info functionality from the Kindle Fire tablets makes an appearance as well. A peculiar new feature, called ASAP, aims to predict which movies and TV episodes you will want to watch soon, and automatically lines them up for playback. What did you think - that Amazon isn't watching what you're watching?



The FireTV is complemented by a Bluetooth remote control (engineered to free you from having to awkwardly aim at an IR control "dot"), a gamepad (sold separately for $40), and if you would like to go hands-free, there's "voice control that actually works", in Amazon's words. With the box packing potent Qualcomm silicon, it makes sense that the retail giant will be pushing its gaming capabilities. For now, Amazon is promising cheap games, an abundance of free-to-play titles, and likely some exclusives to help the platform really sink in.



Overall, Amazon seems to be on its way towards another successful product that will establish another venue for its coveted ecosystem. The way the retail giant has made use of Android's potential to build its presence on smart devices is quite impressive, and hopefully, the FireTV will be followed by the fabled Amazon smartphone sooner than never.



source: Amazon

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15 Comments

1. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I'll stick to my chromecast. Cheaper and does what I need.

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Chromecast + Roku = Cable Cutter :P

4. Sauce unregistered

Hopefully Chromecast will have more use soon than it already does (Netflix, Youtube, and the other basic limited apps). Still waiting/can't wait for developers to make app/tweak integration seamless.

6. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

since they opened up the APK there have been a lot more apps taking advantage of it. For example localcast makes it easy to cast videos and pictures right from the directory and a couple of simple games have even come out that use the tv and phones/tablets as remotes.

7. Sauce unregistered

Yes exactly my point :) Just waiting for it to be available via more major apps that aren't already.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I would like to see how it works first, but it does look cool. I do like my Roku 3 and it helped me to say goodbye to cable company.

5. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Still can't replace a real gamin console. For $99 now I can get a xbox 360 or ps3, which can allow for Hulu, netflix, Amazon prime, and real GAMING. Would consider it ifs priced more reasonable. Amazon's devices are all over priced in my opinion.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

You cant get an Xbox 360 or PS3 for $99, unless it is used maybe. Xbox 360s start at 179 new for the 4gb console and the PS3s start at 199 for the 12gb console. They will of course offer better gaming, but it will certainly be a lot more expensive than what Amazon will offer, Im sure you can get a Fire console and dozens of top tier mobile games for the price of just one of the systems, possibly without any games included. The Wii, Ouya, and Gamestick are the only consoles in that price range, and the Wii is being pushed out the door, and the Ouya and Gamestick are jokes.

14. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Whats wrong a used unit? As long as it works, theres nothing wrong with it. I saw many ppl selling their ps3 along with their game collection, the prices are really low. The amazon set top box offer a very limited gaming experience in my opinion. Unless the amazon set top set can run games like GTA V or COD, its place as a gaming console in the living room is very limited. If anything chrome cast is better priced and you can play games on there too.

8. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Interesting...

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No 4K support? Meh... Pass

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

what does support 4K currently? Exactly.

10. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Was waiting for a long time to hear about this device. I have been waiting for a Google TV replacement for the past 6 months, mine crashed and burned. Got to see what it was all about and decided that it is finally time. Bought a Chromecast from Amazon. If I cared about playing mobile video games on the big screen, I would probably get this thing. But I already have a PS4 and I don't see the point. Cheaper games, yes. Better games, absolutely not. Can I play the vast majority of those games elsewhere (Tablet/phone) yes. Between my PS4 and Chromecast, I can stream everything I want.

11. iami67

Posts: 330; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If it doesnt let you stream video or pics that you have from your pc library to Tv then it is not worth the money. Buy WD tv instead welll worth it

15. zhangyamysaga

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

This is a truth that tv box is very popular all the time.But with the taste of the customer for life is more and more fastidious.EZTV Living Room Computer is better.It seems that it make the tv box can be use as computer.

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