FIRE TV - Amazon's Answer to Roku?
Amazon's Own Fire TV Streamer Could be a Huge Seller
Important Update - Amazon recently released an update that bricked some rooted Fire TV Boxes. Software can no longer be rolled back. Latest reports state Fire TV user can still side load apks, and XBMC will still run smoother than many other Android TV boxes.
After months of rumors and speculation, Amazon released it's very own branded media streamer. Their new Fire TV offers a new ground breaking search feature not yet seen in current media streamers.
Here are some important highlights:
Huge Library- Amazon's extensive catalog contains over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, millions of songs, and over a hundred games. Most games are just .99 cents.
Small Foot Print Huge Specs- Fire TV comes in a very small package yet did not skimp on hardware. It features a speedy quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory, dedicated GPU, plus 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.
Personalized Profiles for Kids- Parents can limit channels and content and watch time. Not enabled yet although available soon.
ASAP- Predicts which shows you plan on watching and pre-buffers them so you won't have to wait.
Pre-Registration- Fire TV comes pre-registered with your Amazon account so you have instant access to your personal recommendations and favorite titles.
Photos- Use Fire TV to watch your photo collection right on your television.
Voice Search- This is the feature we are the most excited about. Voice search will let you search by saying the name. Much easier and faster than having to peck the name with your remote one letter at a time.
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Channels- Besides having access to Amazon's giant video library. Click here to see Amazon's Top 10 Movies and TV shows. The Amazon Fire TV also comes with a selection of other channels most importantly Netflix and Hulu Plus and Plex. Their channels are nowhere near as extensive as the Roku Channel List.
Included Channels AreAmazon Instant, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Plex, Watch ESPN, AOL, tunein, NBA Game Time, Huffpost Live, Pandora, iHeart Radio, Vevo, Vimeo, Crackle, Redbull TV, Showtime Anywhere, Daily Burn, Bloomberg, Flixster, Frequency, Qello Concerts and TastyTrade.
Amazon Fire TV Game Controller- Turn your Fire TV into a powerful gaming machine with the optional wireless Bluetooth game controller. Game controller has up to 55 hours of battery life, GameCircle instant access, and media controls for the best gaming experience on the Amazon Fire TV.
It's still to early to tell if the Fire TV will have what it takes to overtake Roku or Apple TV which are currently today's top 2 best selling streamers. Amazon's Fire TV offers some great features at a competitive price point and could very well become a top seller. It may not be enough to bump Roku out of first place although the Fire TV could very easily end up in the top 3.