It would appear that the biggest competitor to Google’s Chromecast has "pulled a Chromecast" and sold out no more than a week after being put on sale. Here we’re seeing the $99 USD Amazon Fire TV sold out through Amazon itself, heading to an "in stock" note for April 18th, one week from today.
The living room market has earned itself another contender this April with Amazon Fire TV. This device is a 4.5" x 4.5" x 0.7" (115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm) box with several outputs on its back and its own dedicated remote control, aimed at being connected to your television via HDMI. From there, you’ll be using the internet to watch TV.
In Amazon Fire TV is the company’s first look at a real dedicated piece of hardware for the living room. Using a quad-core processor with "dedicated GPU", this device is said by Amazon to be "3x as powerful" as Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku devices. The device is a box which sits near your television - tiny and unobtrusive (but not quite a dongle, as it were).
Today Amazon’s Peter Limp stood on stage to speak about why Amazon’s services need revamping on the variety of streaming devices they’re already pushed to today. Instead of focusing on Amazon’s services specifically, Limp suggested that devices like Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 needed a push in the "Search" direction for content.
There are no shortage of set top boxes on the market today. Some of the most popular come from Roku. About a year ago, Roku launched the Roku 3 set top box and it is one of the most popular devices the company sells. Apple is also in the market with a product called the Apple TV that has been called a hobby for the company.
This week Amazon has sent out invites to an event that’ll be held in New York City next week. This event will take place on the 2nd of April and will center on what Amazon describes as an "an update for our video business." While it’s possible that Amazon might be speaking about their streaming video content delivery services, it’s also likely they’re speaking about their long-awaited television set-top box.
For a bunch of years, BlackBerry was one of the most popular makers of smartphones out there. Things started to turn on Blackberry when the iPhone launched and suddenly BlackBerry devices were old and boring in the eyes of many users. Back in 2011, a project rumor was making the rounds focusing on a new offering from BlackBerry.
Rumors and leaks concerning Amazon's upcoming set top box have been increasing over the past weeks, and latest among them is a tip by sources that spoke to The Wall Street Journal saying the streaming device will start shipping some time early next month, though a precise date could not be provided.
When the folks at Lab126 (Amazon’s "inventive research and development company") started work on a set-top box, it’s said this week, it wasn’t the same dongle we’re being tipped on this week. What’s being tipped this week via TechCrunch is a stick that’s essentially the same size as Chromecast, shipping with support for a massive amount of media - and not just TV shows and movies. Instead it could be time to bring cloud gaming to the forefront as OnLive has, bringing full-fledged PC gaming to the television using Amazon’s servers remotely.