Here comes Amazon and ready to start a war with Apple. Just as Apple recently announced that Apple TV is no longer a hobby, Amazon now introduced the new Fire TV.
But is it a worthy competitor?
What is Amazon Fire TV?
Amazon Fire TV is similar to the Apple TV. It is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to stream online entertainment from Netflix and other similar services. With a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that actually works, plus exclusive features like ASAP and Amazon FreeTime, it’s the easiest way to enjoy online movies from Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, live and on demand sports, music, photos, games, and more.
What are the services lineups?
Amazon Fire TV boasts over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, rent videos from just 99 cents, or kick back with your favorite sports, news, music, and games.
Here are some of the Amazon Fire TV Apps lineup:
Amazon Fire TV Specs:
You can stream movies and TV shows in up to 1080p HD. It features Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1, enjoy rich, cinematic surround sound via HDMI or optical out.
|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|
|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|
|Bluetooth||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)
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. Use of Fire TV is subject to the terms found here.|
|Regional Support||Certain services may not be available outside the U.S.|
|Closed Captioning||Supported for available content on applications which provide closed captioning functionality|
|Included in the Box||Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV remote
2 AAA batteries
Quick Start Guide
I wonder how Apple is going to respond to this new competition.
Are you going to buy the new Amazon Fire TV?