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Amazon has finally earned its place in the living room. The e-commerce company has launched Fire TV, a streaming me...
Amazon has finally earned its place in the living room. The e-commerce company has launched Fire TV, a streaming media set-top box, promising to bring better user experiences. Set up your own home theater with Amazon's stylish, little black box that allows you to stream films, photos, and play games.
Amazon Fire TV runs on Android and packs a quad-core processor, a powerful graphics processing unit, two GB of RAM, and dual-band Wi-Fi for fast networking. At the back of the device, the standard ports can be found: HDMI, optical audio output, USB, power port, and Ethernet. Fire TV has a distinguishable remote, which is a comfortable fit in one's hand, featuring a total of seven buttons, an additional navigator, and Bluetooth.
Users can stream films and shows from Amazon Prime Instant Video, but also from third-party providers like Netflix and Hulu. Content will also be available from Amazon Studios.
A notable feature is the X-ray, an info tool Amazon uses for books on the Kindle, that allows users to access information on what they watch, like actors, directors, release dates etc. Amazon says the X-ray will also display music info, like lyrics.
A great feature Amazon offers is the Free Time, which provides content suitable (and locks out that which is unsuitable) for kids, and suggests more related searches. Free Time also includes the option Free Time Unlimited, with which for a monthly fee users can access lots of child-friendly content.
The set-top box boasts voice search, which is used by speaking into a Bluetooth remote. Users can search for content by voice, or by text entry as well.
An impressive feature Amazon offers on the Fire TV is the ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), where the set-top box pre-caches videos it assumes the user will watch.
In terms of music, Amazon links its users immediately with Pandora, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio – as well as having its own music services.
For the gaming lovers, Amazon proposes buying a separate game console, which is very similar to the Xbox controller, but gamers can also choose to use the Fire TV remote control for playing some games. Amazon has partnered with Electronic Arts, Disney, and Sega, so users will have access to lots of games starting next month. For the time being, users can play Android games that have been mounted on the Fire TV.