Amazon this morning took the wraps off of their new video streaming and entertainment device, the Amazon Fire TV.
Fire TV is a $99 streaming HDTV device, that like an Apple TV or Roku, does a bit more. Sporting a modern and intuitive looking interface and a little remote with a microphone (for voice commands), the Fire TV combines popular entertainment apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora with Amazon's own services such as Amazon Instant Video. They are planning on rolling out a kid-friendly Amazon FreeTime service in the near future.
The device can output up to 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound, and is stocked with 2 GB RAM, a quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU.
The Fire TV also plays Android-based Kindle Fire games such as Minecraft Pocket Edition, Riptide GP 2, The Walking Dead, Asphalt 8 Airborne, and original content such as Sev Zero.
Amazon also has a $40 Amazon Fire Game Controller ready to go, which includes 1,000 Amazon Coins to pick up some games.
Check out a few product shots and make sure to check out all the details on Amazon's Fire TV product pages.
Amazon Fire TV screens:
Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. With a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that really works, plus exclusive features like Amazon FreeTime, it's the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, music, photos, games, and more.
What's on Amazon Fire TV?
Amazon Fire TV combines all your favorite subscriptions and streaming services with Amazon's massive selection of digital content. Watch over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, rent videos from just 99 cents, or kick back with your favorite sports, news, music, and games.
Perfect with Prime
Prime members enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of tens of thousands of popular movies and TV shows including The Hunger Games, Marvel's The Avengers, Downton Abbey, Justified, Dora the Explorer, and Amazon exclusives like Alpha House at no additional cost. Eligible customers can try Amazon Prime for 30 days for free.
Voice search that actually works
The Amazon Fire TV remote has a built-in mic so you can instantly search TV shows, movies, actors, directors, and genres using just your voice—no more typing with your remote to find what you want.
1080p HD video, Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1, smooth gaming, and ultra-fast streaming—everything about Amazon Fire TV is fast and fluid. It's all thanks to a quad-core processor with 3x the processing power of Apple TV and Roku, a dedicated Adreno 320 graphics engine, and 2 GB of memory—4x that of Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.
Immediate video start with ASAP
The exclusive new ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) feature predicts what movies and TV episodes you'll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. The more you use Fire TV, the more accurate ASAP becomes, dynamically adapting to your viewing habits.
Easy to set up and use
Amazon Fire TV arrives pre-registered to your Amazon account and sets up in minutes. A user-friendly interface makes it easy to browse popular movies, shows, and personalized recommendations straight from your home screen. Download the Fire TV Remote App to control your Fire TV with your mobile device. The app features voice search, simple navigation, and a keyboard for easy text entry, no more hunting and pecking.
Great for gaming, too
Fire TV is the easiest, most affordable way to game on your HDTV. Play blockbuster titles like Minecraft-Pocket Edition, The Walking Dead, Monsters University, the Amazon exclusive Sev Zero, plus great free games. There are over a hundred titles to explore, with thousands more coming soon. The average price of paid games is only $1.85.
Music, photos, and video
Stream millions of songs through Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Fire TV also makes it easy to enjoy photos and videos from your smartphone or tablet, so you can share favorite moments on the big screen with family and friends.
Amazon Fire TV Technical details
Fire TV Remote Technical details