Amazon had previously offered their app to streaming devices to allow for the playback of content from Prime Instant Video and Amazon Instant Video, but the company has now unveiled its newest product - Fire TV, which is a new device that will not only stream content from its own library but also from apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime and more.
“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “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.”
Fire TV is pretty small in size and is only 0.7" thick, and features a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics engine. Additionally, Fire TV will support voice search and playback of music (Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, etc.), photos (with Amazon's Cloud Drive) and even games.
There is also a feature called ASAP that predicts which movies and TV episodes you'll want to watch before even choosing it, while games like Minecraft, Monsters University, The Game of Life, The Walking Dead, NBA2K14, Asphalt 8, Riptide GP2 and Despicable Me: Minion Rush will be available and playable using the Fire TV remote, the Fire TV app for mobile devices or the optional Fire game controller.
Streaming will be in full 1080p HD resolution, with 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound via HDMI and optical audio.
Other apps will be coming shortly to the device including WWE Network, MLB.TV, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH ABC, and Twitch.
Fire TV is available starting today for just $99 via www.amazon.com/FireTV.