Skip to content

$99 box from Amazon to take on Apple, Google, Roku - and doubles as a games console as well

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/3/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Fits under TV, and comes with a remote with a built in microphone for voice recognition

It will cost users $99 -- Amazon has unveiled a $99 TV box intended to take on Apple, Google and Roku. It also doubles as a games console. Called the Fire TV box, the device runs a special version of Google's Android software.

Amazon already offers on-demand TV shows and movies free to customers who are members of Amazon's premium shipping service Prime.

Amazon already offers on-demand TV shows and movies free to customers who are members of Amazon's premium shipping service Prime.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/3/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Fire TV, Amazon, content


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The small box fits under a TV and comes with a remote with a built in microphone for voice recognition. Available as of today, it will allow users to download films and TV shows, along with apps.

Users can use a remote or buy a separate game controller for $40.

Come light a candle for those who perished in the Fort Hood tragedy --

The prices will be very affordable. Mike Frazzini from Amazon Games said each game will be priced like a phone app, costing on average $2. Popular games available at launch will include Minecraft, driving game Asphalt 8 and first person shooter Sev Zero.

Peter Larsen from Amazon says "It's incredibly powerful, and it's unbelievably simple.

"Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price-people are going to love Fire TV," Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO declared.

Bezos was quick to sing the device's any new virtues. "Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid . Our exclusive new ASAP feature predicts the shows you'll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly.

"And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards."

The Fire TV service has been discussed with at least three major media companies. Fire TV uses Amazon's existing Prime TV and film on demand service, along with Hulu Plus.

The gadget, costing $99, is aimed squarely at Amazon and Roku's products along with Google's Chromecast.

Amazon already offers on-demand TV shows and movies free to customers who are members of Amazon's premium shipping service Prime.

Amazon has invested about $1 billion in exclusive video content in 2013, according to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali.

Amazon last year introduced 14 televisions pilots, which it financed, and is now monitoring customer feedback to decide which ones to produce as full series.

The shows included "Alpha House", starring John Goodman, the Hollywood actor known for his roles in "The Big Lebowski" and "Argo." Bill Murray, of "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day," also appears.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted.
That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.


Comments


More Technology

NASA announcement: Could it be aliens? Watch

Image of What is the great discovery? The world waits.

The world waits with bated breath for a big announcement due from NASA on Wednesday. The announcement will take place at 1 PM Eastern time. ... continue reading


Mark of the Beast? Nevada Senator moves to STOP forced RFID chip implants Watch

Image of Is the RFID chip the Mark of the Beast? Some scholars think so.

A Nevada state senator has proposed a bill that would protect citizens from being implanted with RFID chips. The bill, proposed by a ... continue reading


FOUR CLOSE CALLS in four weeks: Scientists wonder what's going on as four asteroids pass dangerously close to Earth Watch

Image of Asteroid BS32 is passing Earth now, in the fourth close call in four weeks.

Whoa, that's close! As the world worries about an asteroid due to pass Earth on February 25, a much closer shave is happening right now. ... continue reading


What is dark matter and why is there an entire galaxy full of it? Watch

Image of Dragonfly 44 is a dark twin of the Milky Way, it gives off no light, but it's there.

Astronomers think they have discovered a galaxy that is 99.9 percent dark matter. If true, the discovery is unprecedented. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Where are the world's nuclear weapons, and how likely is it they will be used? Watch

Image of Pakistan launches a missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon. What is the likelihood of one of these weapons being used in the next few decades? And answer above zero is unacceptable.

The world is closer to nuclear war than it has been in decades, and few people are paying attention. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.