Amazon Announces It's Competition For The AppleTV

The Amazon FireTV

The Amazon FireTV

Amazon FireTV Remote

Amazon FireTV Remote

Today Amazon announced its video streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, retailing for $99 and available right now. You’ll be getting all of the regular video streaming apps like Hulu, Netflix, and Youtube, but Fire TV also has gaming capabilities. A very Xbox-like controller, called the Fire TV gamepad, can be purchased for $39.99 and games will average about $1.85 with plenty of free titles to play as well. No match for the bigger consoles but perfect for the casual gamer. And each Fire TV comes with 1,000 Amazon coins, Amazon’s company currency, to purchase games with. So, after a year of speculation and rumors, Amazon has finally thrown its hat into the ring and will now be throwing down with the likes of Apple, Roku, and Google. And they’ve come out swinging based on today’s unveiling. Full spec list below

Amazon FireTV Game Controller

Amazon FireTV Game Controller

     
Size:    4.5" x 4.5" x 0.7" (115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm)
Weight:    9.9 oz (281 grams)
SOC Platform:    Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064
Processor:    Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core to 1.7 Ghz
GPU:    Qualcomm Adreno 320
Storage:    8 GB internal
Memory:    2 GB LPDDR2 @ 533 MHZ

Networking

Wi-Fi Connectivity:    Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks that use the 802.11a/b/g/n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication

Bluetoot:h    Bluetooth 4.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP 1.6, SPP
Cloud Storage:    Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

 

Ports

 5.5 mm DC Jack
Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP
Optical Audio (TOSLINK)
10/100 Ethernet
USB 2.0 Type A

Audio    Support for Dolby Digital Plus, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch Stereo and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1

Content Formats Supported  

 Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1
Audio: AAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, HE-A, PCM, MP3
Photo: JPG, PNG

Output Resolution Supported    720p and 1080p up to 60fps

System Requirements    High-definition television, HDMI cable

TV Compatibility    Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse
Warranty and Service  

 1-year Limited Warranty and service included.
Regional Support    Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.

 

Included in the Box    

Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV remote
2 AAA batteries
Power Adapter
Quick Start Guide

Photo source - The Verge

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