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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.

  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:11:35 PM
    It's a black box, about the size of his hand with fingers outstretched
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:11:36 PM
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:11:49 PM
    OK, so the rumors were true. Amazon had registered the FireTV name earlier and now it makes its debut.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:11:57 PM
    "Take one home today" -- apparently we're all getting one to try
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:12:05 PM
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:12:07 PM
    Everybody in the room gets one...
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:12:12 PM
    Applause from the back, where the people who aren't covering this event are standing
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:12:12 PM
    today.
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:12:34 PM
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:12:41 PM
    The processor, quad-core "best in class" with a dedicated GPU usually found in high-end smartphones, Larsen said
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:12:56 PM
    Second solution to performance: 2 gigs of RAM
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:13:09 PM

    Twice as much as competing products.
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:13:10 PM
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:13:35 PM
    The network itself can hurt performance -- Fire TV is dual band
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:13:37 PM
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:13:39 PM
    Has same Wi-Fi that's in Kindle Fire.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:13:45 PM
    "this thing really streams, I can't wait for you guys to try it out"
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:14:04 PM
    Larsen says it has 3x the performance power of Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:14:14 PM
    Thinner than a dime...but the dime is standing on edge.
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:14:19 PM
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:14:40 PM
    It's thinner than a dime, he says. The remote control is small, elegant and easy to use -- I don't see any keyboard on it though
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:15:01 PM
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:15:05 PM
    remote looks nice. Has Bluetooth, like Roku's remote.
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:15:07 PM
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:15:07 PM
    It has Bluetooth, which he says is great because you don't have to be pointing it at the TV
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:15:18 PM
    Getting the demo now...
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:15:39 PM
    Homescreen of Fire TV: Scroll through categories on the left, very image heavy
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:15:53 PM
    Showing off how zippy it is...moving through menus quickly. Super fast scrolling.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:15:57 PM
    Netflix's television interface is similar, but even more image heavy
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:16:08 PM
    Because of Fire TV's better power, you can scroll through things quickly
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:16:09 PM
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:16:11 PM
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:16:12 PM
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:16:30 PM
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:16:51 PM
    Larsen touts its simple start-up, content that you watch is only a couple clicks away; videos are teed up from where you left them
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:16:58 PM
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:16:59 PM
    Your Amazon content is ready and waiting for you when you log in...not surprising.
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:17:00 PM
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:17:31 PM
    When you select a video to watch, an image from the selection falls back to take up the full screen -- again, reminds me of the Netflix look on TVs
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:17:39 PM
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:17:44 PM
    New feature called ASAP anticipates what movies your going to watch and preloads them so they launch faster.
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:17:54 PM
    "Starts instantly."
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:17:55 PM
    Larsen shows off how videos start instantly, he calls it ASAP
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:18:05 PM
    "No dreaded spinner there. That's ASAP."
  • sarahtew 4/2/2014 3:18:17 PM
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