Amazon's new Fire TV
Amazon's video event is currently underway, but they just unveiled the Amazon Fire TV, a new set top box that features a quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a dedicated GPU. Admittedly, that's an incredible amount of power for a device dedicated to streaming digital content.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with it. It sounds like it's based on Android, so it'll be easy enough to port apps over. Are we seeing the first viable content and app platform in the streaming media space? Seems like there's enough power here to support games and even 4K content. It also seems like it nails some of the things that the Google TV never could (outside of the recent Chromecast).
How do Apple and Roku respond to this sort of thing? Or does it even matter?
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As for Roku, Not sure what they can do. They already have more apps, more form factors and a good amount of content. I believe they even have an Amazon player (not sure about this one). The thing they seem to be lacking is the marketing push that the Amazon Fire Box will have behind it.
I also like that they are sell the game controller separate from the box. I ordered the box and will be playing with it here in a day or so.
It’s small and very compact but has a solid weight to it.
It’s fast and smooth when moving through the menus and the content. The Voice Search is responsive and quick to find results. It is not a universal search though. It didn’t find any results that were on Netflix but it did find an item on Hulu once but I was not able to get it to do that again when I tried for the same show.
It has more apps on it then I 1st thought beyond Hulu, Netflix, Amazon store, and Pandora. I want to go through and see if there are more apps for stuff like watching podcasts or YouTube. It does have a Vimeo app. When searching for a music artist it did find content for them on Vimeo.
The remote is nice and is comfortable in the hand. I have to say so far it’s the remote that I think is its best item. I like it much more than the Apple TV Remote.
It doesn’t feel cheap but I don’t think it’s something worth the 99 bucks they are charging. I didn’t play any games on it so I am not sure how that will work especially since I don’t have the game controller.
Amazon's device is pretty intriguing. I think the potential of bringing apps to your television is pretty huge and no one has quite figured it out yet.