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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 3:51:23 PM
    So if you want the controller and the box, then you'll be paying $140
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  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:51:53 PM
    $99 is the same price as Apple TV and the high-end Roku 3
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  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:52:12 PM
    I think people expected it to cost less. No wow in the price.
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:52:37 PM
    Doesn't seem to be any special deal for Prime members.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:52:41 PM
    We get an ad for Fire TV, and that's a wrap
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:52:53 PM
    That's it folks.
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  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:53:40 PM
    Surprising that the price is so high, Amazon's MO is to price its harware below competitors -- i.e. Kindle versus iPad -- and bear with the low margin on the product to be pulling in lots of money through attachment content sales
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:53:41 PM
    We'll have our hands-on impressions later today when we get our box fired up at the office.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:54:28 PM
    I don't think Amazon Prime -- the $99 subscription service that give members free two-day shipping and access to Prime Instant video -- got a shout out at all, other than the references to videos on the instant video arm
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:55:01 PM
    I'm actually glad Amazon did a more expensive product with better performance. But we'll see how the public responds. This is for the Apple TV audience.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:55:04 PM
    That also surprises me, since so many of Amazon's pursuits are designed to all funnel people to Prime or more purchases in the online store
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:55:34 PM
    And the big question is how Apple will respond. This should have been its new Apple TV. It should have been here already.
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    Also, hey, we were told we were going to get Q&A at the end, but Larsen just dashed of stage when he finished. One question from the audience was whether voice search will filter content that is free versus what is paid
  • John Falcone 4/2/2014 3:56:19 PM
    Hi everyone --
  • David Carnoy 4/2/2014 3:56:24 PM
    We're going to take a look now at the box up close and shoot some video -- so check back soon for that. Thanks everyone for tuning in.
  • John Falcone 4/2/2014 3:56:41 PM
    You can toggle directly over the Microsoft BUILD developer conference keynote which we're covering live now.
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    That one will have a live video stream from the event as well.
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:57:02 PM
    The company also failed to make many links to e-commerce in the Amazon store other than games and movies/TV; with X-Ray, it seems Amazon has the opportunity to show you products your seeing on screen and offer you the chance to purchase right away
  • joan.solsman 4/2/2014 3:57:31 PM
    Thanks for tuning in! Check out the Microsoft event, and keep watching CNET for followups about Fire TV
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