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Fire TV: Everything You Need to Know About Amazon's $100 Streaming Box

Fire TV Everything You Need to Know About Amazon s 100 Streaming Box


Amazon used three pillars of what competitor devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast do wrong—search, performance/slow apps, and a closed ecosystem—to illustrate what Fire TV does right. Amazon's device is a box you plug into your TV that runs on an open Android ecosystem and comes with plenty of apps including Netflix, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Crackle, and more. Unfortunately, it lacks HBO Go and Vudu, which is a damn shame. Regardless, you can either buy or rent shows right on the menu. Everything about Fire TV seems to place emphasis on the word easy—easy to use, easy to find stuff to watch, and so on.

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Not having HBO Go is a bigger loss than not having Vudu.

Now that Amazon is making original content it might consider HBO competitive?

Fire TV does seem to have learned from Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast.

If I didn't already have Apple TV, I would get a Fire TV.

As it is, I will wait.

TechCrunch has a good comparison of Fire TV vs Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV:

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