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Amazon's Apple TV Competitor to Launch in April as Chromecast-Like Dongle

chromecast-stickDespite an earlier report suggesting a March launch, a new report from the Wall Street Journal now claims Amazon will start selling its video-streaming device in April through its own website and retailers like Best Buy.

The device will run a version of Android akin to the company's Kindle Fire readers and will support common media streaming services like Netflix.
The Amazon device will carry a variety of apps available on Roku Inc. and Apple set-top boxes and run on a version of Google's Android software, like Amazon's tablet computers, these people said. Roku's most popular apps include video services Netflix and Hulu Plus and music service Pandora, as well as Amazon's own video-streaming service.
An earlier report from TechCrunch claims the Amazon device will have a stick form factor similar to Google's Chromecast and will plug into the HDMI port of any HDTV. These same sources believe the device will support online gaming, streaming top-tier titles to the device at 30 frames per second from Amazon's servers in a manner similar to remote gaming service OnLive.

Pricing for the Amazon device is not yet known, but it is expected to be consistent with competing devices which are priced under $100. Google's Chromecast is the cheapest option at $35, while Roku's new Streaming Stick is priced at $49. Sources claim Amazon Prime customers will receive extra incentives for purchasing the device.

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26 weeks ago

Amazon- a company that tries everything and is good at very few things.

In other words, Amazon, just sell what people give you to sell and stop trying to make your own junk.


What have they made that hasn't been good or successful? The only true flop they've had would be the original Kindle DX.
Rating: 8 Votes
26 weeks ago
Actually when my AppleTV is acting up, I switch to the Chromecast for Netflix. It just works.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 weeks ago

How so? Have you tried reading a book on a display? Your eyeballs want to bleed after quarter of an hour. The e-ink models are designed to be much easier on the eye like a normal book would be.


Did you even read my comment?

I was saying the e-ink ones are OK, it's the kindle fire and stuff that I can't stand.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 weeks ago

Actually when my AppleTV is acting up, I switch to the Chromecast for Netflix. It just works.


It's amazing how often AirPlay or Apple TV just fail to work, yet switching to Chromecast I get no issues.


What am I doing wrong? My ATV just always seems to work. I Airplay movies from every device in my house. I stream music from iTunes Radio from ATV, my iOS devices, my Macs using the Remote App. I watch movies and TV shows. I Netflix all the livelong day. Did I somehow get the only Apple TV that was built correctly? :rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Votes
26 weeks ago
Most likely it will only launch in the United States, which doesn't make it a competitor in my book. Global release, or get out! :D
Rating: 3 Votes
26 weeks ago

In my opinion all kindles suck. bad. except the e-ink display ones.


How so? Have you tried reading a book on a display? Your eyeballs want to bleed after quarter of an hour. The e-ink models are designed to be much easier on the eye like a normal book would be.
Rating: 3 Votes
26 weeks ago
I hope they do better than Google in allowing the dongle to get the power through the HDMI port versus having a power cord connected to it -- that is ugly and kind of defeats the point of a dongle IMO.
Rating: 3 Votes
26 weeks ago
ZzzzzZzzzzZzzz.....

Is Amazon really going to let people stream other services besides their own? Seems kind of silly to allow people to use your product to use their biggest competitor.
Rating: 2 Votes
26 weeks ago

Did you even read my comment?

I was saying the e-ink ones are OK, it's the kindle fire and stuff that I can't stand.


My apologies. Mis-read. :o
Rating: 2 Votes
26 weeks ago

I hope they do better than Google in allowing the dongle to get the power through the HDMI port versus having a power cord connected to it -- that is ugly and kind of defeats the point of a dongle IMO.


To take power over HDMI you would need a HDMI MHL port which is just isn't common enough to use on a low price device that you want people to easily use out of the box.

My understanding is the confusion and lack of support over MHL is part of the reason why Roku changed their streaming stick from being a MHL only device (which the 2012 model was) to the new model which supports USB power.
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