Today Amazon announced its latest piece of hardware, the Amazon Fire TV. It's a $99 set-top box that competes with the likes of Apple TV and Roku. The new device offers 1080p video along with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound from a large number of sources including Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and more.
Amazon's Fire TV competes with Roku 3 and Apple TV at the $99 price point
In addition to streaming video, Fire TV also supports video games. There is even a dedicated controller—the $40 Fire Game Controller. Fire TV launched with over 100 games, and Amazon promises that thousands more will be available shortly.
With its $99 price, the new box costs the same as a Roku 3 or Apple TV, and Amazon says the Fire TV has better specs and more features than the competition. That's true for the hardware—Fire TV features 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a quad-core processor, a USB port, voice search, and an optical-audio output with Dolby Digital Plus.
Amazon's Fire TV offers the most features at the $99 price point when compared to Roku 3 and Apple TV
The Fire TV is available immediately. Amazon says that it outperforms the competition's offerings and that it's a panacea for budget-conscious gamers. Is that enough to convince you to spend $99 on yet another set-top box? I know I'm curious.
Yes, you can sideload.
Tools to root it completely are probably already available.
Even if it doesn't do everything out of the box with stock software, it's going to be the most hackable streamer/game console ever made.
I'm pretty sure chromecast doesn't run full blown android, so no. But just about anything available already on android should be an easy port, especially anything running on kindle fire. I expect the software library will grow exponentially over the next week or two.
Another thing that makes me wonder is lack of DLNA support. of this device. If this device was 50 dollars they have a winner at 99 dollars not so much so. Now if they has a deal with Prime and and a discounted box bundle that would change things.
"Oooh a puzzle box, I love puzzles"/ "Are you familiar with 'The Lament Configuration"/ "Actually I'm lousy at puzzles..."
Does not support DTS or for that matter any HD audio. Between my TV, TiVo and Blu Ray player, I pretty much have a full line of net services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix etc. I don't fancy bluetooth remotes as I prefer the traditional IR or RF set ups.
I do how ever look forward to some intelligent reviews on this new item with a contrast and compare to devices already in the market (again Roku, Chromecast and ATV etc.). Amazon should consider unloading these at half price for those that have Amazon Prime to keep them in the Amazon eco system (just strategic marketing practice).
Klipsch RP-280F / RC-62ii / RS-35 / RS-25
Dual PSA V1800s
The one missing feature that is most likely to push me away from this and toward the Roku 3 is the lack of the headphone jack on the remote control like the Roku 3 remote has. I've been looking for a device for my bedroom TV and being able to easily plug in headphones without cables or add on devices would be very welcome.
Plus, using wireless headphones means one more device to charge.
I can confirm that on the Roku 3. It does mute all other audio.
I don't really care for the earbuds that come with the Roku, but I have a good pair that works well with it.
It seems to be mostly redundant to the Roku, although gaming might be interesting for casual gaming. I'm glad they put an Ethernet port on there, that's the biggest failing of the Chromecast... if your 2.4ghz band is a mess, good luck getting good connectivity to the thing...
Charter Spectrum powered by Earthlink.
My Router: Netgear R7000 - Advanced Tomato 3.3-138 K26ARM USB VPN-64K.
My Streaming Devices: Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), PS4 (1st Gen), Roku Premier, TiVo Roamio OTA.
Cats are the best pets.
That's what I'm going to do as soon as it's available. I'm barely even concerned with its stock capabilities. XBMC supports everything, and even lowly mpeg2 decoding should be a breeze on this SoC.