Amazon launched Fire TV, a streaming media player for watching Netflix, Amazon Prime video, games and more. Amazon’s Fire TV can be plugged in to a HDTV and stream media content. Fire TV costs $99 and it is ready to be shipped.
Fire TV is powered by a powerful quad-core processor, dedicated GPU, 2 GB of memory, and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi. And it also supports high definition 1080p video, and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.
One of the problems with the streaming devices in general is that navigating through remote is most painful. To circumvent the problem, Amazon claims that Fire TV has voice search that actually works. With Voice search on Fire TV, one can simply speak the title, actor, or genre into the remote and you can watch. In addition, the Fire TV remote uses Bluetooth to connect to Fire TV. Therefore, it does not line of sight to operate and much easier to work with.
Amazon is also offering games with Fire TV. Currently available games include Minecraft, The Walking Dead, Monsters University, and the Amazon exclusive Sev Zero, plus great free games. Amazon is also selling a game controller separately for $39. And you also need a HDTV cable to get started with Fire TV.
Watch Amazon’s ad for Fire TV taking a dig at ROKU player for its voice search capability.