Amazon Announces Fire TV, a Set-Top Streaming Game and Video Box

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV

Today Amazon announced Fire TV, a 1080p streaming set-top box. Fire TV is available for shipment starting today and sells for $99. Amazon is touting the voice search, Prime integration, and access to the most popular services as well as gaming. They also emphasize the ease of setting the system up, getting online and getting right to your favorite content!

Here are some of the features:

Your partner in Prime—The best way to enjoy unlimited access to over 40,000 Prime Instant Videos on your HDTV, including Amazon exclusives like Downton Abbey and Justified

Massive selection—Over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, millions of songs, and over a hundred games

Voice search that actually works—Simply say the name of what you want to watch and start enjoying in seconds.

Tiny box, huge specs—Fast quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory, dedicated GPU, plus 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound

Easy to set up and use—Pre-registered to your Amazon account so you can enjoy favorite titles and personalized recommendations

Instant streaming—Exclusive new feature ASAP predicts what movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you hit play

Perfect for parents—Amazon FreeTime lets you easily limit screen time and create personalized profiles just for kids (coming soon)

Great for gaming, too—Play blockbuster titles like Minecraft-Pocket Edition, The Walking Dead, and Monsters University, plus free games and Amazon exclusives. Paid games start from just 99 cents

The Fire TV hardware features a Qualcomm Krait 300 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB storage, Ethernet, dual-band WiFi, voice search capability, HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0 and more. Services you can hook up include Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, and of course Amazon Instant Video.

Video games are also a key feature: Amazon is offering a $39.99 controller that allows you to play a number of supported games including Minecraft and Asphalt 8.

Get a look at the new TV spot here. You can get all the details and order it now on the official site.

What do you think? Are you interested?

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  1. I bought one last night, and I am excited about it … but I am bummed that it trades Showtime Anytime for HBO Go. I guess that we’ll always have to have two streaming boxes in the living room to get everything. =P