Amazon Video Event

Amazon will be outlining its latest strategy for online video on Wednesday, April 2. A media streamer to compete with Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV is widely expected to be announced.

  • john.falcone 4/2/2014 2:37:38 PM
    Hello everyone
  • john.falcone 4/2/2014 2:37:50 PM
    Welcome to our live coverage of Amazon's press event in NYC
  • john.falcone 4/2/2014 2:38:14 PM
    We'll be joined shortly by our team on the scene -- Joan Solsman, David Carnoy, and photographer Sarah Tew
  • john.falcone 4/2/2014 2:38:37 PM
    In the meantime, please enjoy our live video pre-show, above, from our San Francisco studio.
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:42:54 PM

    Amazon's presser set is a 'home theatre' setup.

  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:42:56 PM

    Comfy couches.

  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:42:58 PM

    Waiting...

  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:46:31 PM

    Joan Solsman & David Carnoy, ready for action.

  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:46:42 PM
    Hey everyone, Joan Solsman -- CNET's digital media reporter -- set up in a cushy couch at Milk Studios for Amazon event.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:47:29 PM
    Amazon has set up a living-room-like stage, with popcorn scents wafting around.
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:47:37 PM

    I'm up front sharing a couch with CNET Alum Jay Greene!

  • remipmc 4/2/2014 2:47:54 PM
    blockbuster tried and failed to get consumers to add yet another box to their home entertainment system....look where they are now
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:48:14 PM
    We also have bowls full of Milk Duds, Cracker Jack and Red Vines on tables next to us, with movie trailers playing on some big screens off to the sides
  • Emily Dreyfuss 4/2/2014 2:48:14 PM
    Hi guys, watching your live blog from Cambridge!
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:48:22 PM
    Really going for a home-entertainment vibe
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:48:50 PM

    Milk duds? Cracker Jack? Anyone?

  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:49:06 PM
    Former CNET-er Jay Greene is here. We miss Jay, but right now I'm not telling him that because he grabbed a better seat than I did.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:49:42 PM
    So what are we looking forward to today? The wide expectation is that we'll get a media-streaming device, possible a thumb-sized dongle like Google's Chromecast
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 2:49:51 PM
    Morning everybody, I'll be providing color commentary while Joan does her best to transcribe what the presenters are saying.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:50:28 PM
    But Amazon is sure to have more up its sleeve. The company kept a lot of this event hush-hush, which is its M.O.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:51:05 PM
    Apple TV and Roku dominate the market for video-streaming devices. Apple has shipped more units of its Apple TV, but Roku likes to tout that it is used much more frequently by video streaming customers
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:52:00 PM
    Then there's Chromecast, the $35 dongle that Google released last year. It -- and its low price point compared to $49-$99 entry-level devices from Apple and Roku -- made it one of the most popular electronics of 2013
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 2:52:14 PM
    I did run into the main presenter, Amazon VP of Kindle Peter Larsen, in the bathroom a little bit ago. He's standing in the back of the room now, hanging out. That isn't something CEO Jeff Bezos would do before one of his presentations so this is a somewhat more casual affair.
  • Chris 4/2/2014 2:52:17 PM
    What if they give away the box free to Prime members? Increases the value of their services and locks people into their ecosystem.
  • @iamjaygreene 4/2/2014 2:52:23 PM
    @joan.solsman - Ha! It's all those years of experience. And I get to hang with the great Sarah Tew.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:53:09 PM
    Chromecast was a best seller in Amazon's electronics department for much of last year, and remains at the top of the list today -- www.amazon.com
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 2:54:10 PM
    I'm anticipating that this device will use Kindle branding, but that is not confirmed.
  • Carrie Mihalcik 4/2/2014 2:54:32 PM
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:54:52 PM

    Teleprompters up close at foot-level. Expect a lot of looking down...

  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 2:55:44 PM
    @iamjaygreene Sarah Tew is a photographer extraordinaire, for sure. Especially when she catches me with a look of guileless surprise. New Twitter profile pic?
  • Lenny D 4/2/2014 2:56:02 PM
    Amazon is on xbox
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:56:08 PM
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 2:56:10 PM
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 2:57:52 PM
    Amazon's VP of Kindle hardware, Dave Limp, is standing in the back of the room. Have spoken to him in the past about Amazon's e-readers and tablets.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:00:00 PM
    We're getting close to the start of the event. Right now the place is bumpin' with "Burn" by Ellie Goulding
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:00:37 PM
    Amazon announced it would be picking up six pilots to be full original series earlier this week -- four that are "primetime" type shows for adults, and two kids programs
  • trikar 4/2/2014 3:00:59 PM
    I have the Roku 2. I think is the best set-top box. Im watching Amazon CNET event on Roku 2 through livestream channel
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:01:09 PM
    They'll be joining "Alpha House" on Amazon Studios slate of originals. The comedy about roommate senators is coming back for a second season
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:01:10 PM
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:01:31 PM
    Lights dimming
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:01:42 PM
    Here we go right on time.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:01:47 PM
    We get a sizzle reel video of clips of videos that are Amazon's Prime Instant Video
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:02:07 PM
    Downton Abbey gets some shots, Amazon has an exclusive license for it
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:02:35 PM
    Also Nickelodeon -- Amazon snatched up licenses to Viacom content after rival Netflix let their contract lapse
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:02:36 PM
    I'm a fan of Amazon's show Betas but it apparently didn't do so well.
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