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Amazon press conference

Live from Santa Monica, Amazon is holding a press conference where it's widely expected the company will announce new Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers.

  • Mater 9/6/2012 5:18:23 PM
    I notice that Amazon is selling some used current Fires above the $200 price. Can you explain?
  • John Falcone 9/6/2012 5:18:26 PM
    Amazon Prime Video has come a long way in the last year, but its selection is still mostly redundant to Netflix
  • Lyssa Lynn 9/6/2012 5:18:29 PM
    I will definitely be switching from Netflix to Amazon Prime once I get my fire
  • Garrett Goebel 9/6/2012 5:18:31 PM
    I'm curious whether the new devices will lend themselves to the open or closed source ecosystems... I.e. does Amazon want to control its customers or enable them?
  • Antriksh Y 9/6/2012 5:18:40 PM
    @firewatch A device that puts stuff on your TV. XBOX is kind of a set-top box. Roku, Boxee are others. Some TV connection services have their own boxes.
  • just_guillermo 9/6/2012 5:18:42 PM
    @ Antriksh I've had a better experience with Prime. I didn't like netflix
  • _SimplyG 9/6/2012 5:19:00 PM
    @Antriksh I have both, but find myself using Prime more. Netflix has been losing a lot of content that appeals to me whereas Amazon keeps expanding.
  • Pilot 9/6/2012 5:19:11 PM
    All I can say is that I hope the launch goes more smooth than the Nexus 7 pre order
  • Lyssa Lynn 9/6/2012 5:19:27 PM
    @Mater these are fires being sold by sellers other than Amazon
  • James Martin 9/6/2012 5:19:48 PM

    We're in a hangar at the Santa Monica airport.

  • KimR 9/6/2012 5:19:50 PM
    Need HDMI out on the new KF2!!!
  • NearChaos 9/6/2012 5:20:35 PM
    Prime works well on XBox 360. Prime and Hulu (for UK programs) have completely replaced Netflix for me, and almost replaced cable altogether.
  • tylerwv 9/6/2012 5:20:48 PM
    I have both but hardly use Amazon Prime because there is no search engine for just those videos so you have to scroll forever. Hate that. Neither service have really late movies to amount to much.
  • Antriksh Y 9/6/2012 5:20:57 PM
    Woah! The press conference is on an airport!? Interesting. And classy.
  • wordnrrrd 9/6/2012 5:21:13 PM
    Thought I'd go kicking and screaming into the e-reader world, but I'm increasingly drawn to the thought of decluttering with a Kindle. Excited to see what's announced today.
  • Thiago Cardoso 9/6/2012 5:21:19 PM
    @Antriksh Y Netflix runs around 100 bucks more or less, amazon is 79 for the year, i like it, not as many movies though.
  • BearMntBooks 9/6/2012 5:21:27 PM
    @David Hamilton. Thanks for the updates. Y'all are doing great.
  • Patrick Watts 9/6/2012 5:21:40 PM
    My prediction: KF2: $199. KF1 no longer available.
  • LTZ 9/6/2012 5:21:41 PM
    hangar looks kinda small!
  • Jay Greene 9/6/2012 5:21:45 PM
    @LTZ - Trust me, it's not small. Big enough to fit an airplane or two.
  • bah.sheeps. 9/6/2012 5:21:51 PM
    Do you think they will announce an Instant Video App for the Android market?
  • CC 9/6/2012 5:22:29 PM
    Opening the Amazon App store in Europe made a lot of people think that the new Fire will be released in Europe, but if they're releasing an Amazon Phone, then maybe that's the reason for expanding the App store. We may not see the Fire in Europe after all.
  • Antriksh Y 9/6/2012 5:22:35 PM
    @Thiago Cardoso Oh! Amazon Prime is $79 A YEAR!? I'm sold then.
  • Patrick Watts 9/6/2012 5:22:39 PM
    @nearchaos the Amazon app on Roku lets you search - it's been updated recently.
  • JPdaaaaa 9/6/2012 5:22:45 PM
    I'm in japan and Amazon kindle service not available(except US service)
    But im locking fowerd to a new kindle
  • John Falcone 9/6/2012 5:22:46 PM
    @bah.sheeps. From one point, that makes sense -- already have an iPad app. From another, they might want to keep something exclusive to the Fire (at least in the Android space).
  • Peter Frazier 9/6/2012 5:22:54 PM
    @wordnrrrd i will never go back.. e-ink is amazing.. light and most important, INSTANT. Reading on my nexus 7 is ok, gets heavy and eyestrain after too long.. i can't wait for the e-ink tech to completely mature..
  • brooks_jones 9/6/2012 5:23:03 PM
    @bah.sheeps I sure hope so! Been waiting for the Android Prime Video app myself.
  • James Martin 9/6/2012 5:23:10 PM
  • tylerwv 9/6/2012 5:23:17 PM
    I have the fire and love it. Bought 2 kindle ereaders as xmas gifts. Hoping for a lit ereader today for myself. Don't like reading a lot on the fire. Hurts my eyes after a while. I use it more like a pc.
  • kindled 9/6/2012 5:23:24 PM
    @wordnrrd - i felt the same way -- never thought I'd like an e-reader...but in the first year owning a Kindle, I've read about 5 times as many books. I love it!
  • Jack42 9/6/2012 5:23:28 PM
    @bah.sheeps. Instant Video for Android would be fantastic. Not sure why it doesn't exist now (at least publicly)
  • AmazonFan 9/6/2012 5:23:40 PM
    @Patrick Watts: Amazon has already stopped selling the original Kindle Fire. You either have to purchase from a third party or buy used from
  • Roku User 9/6/2012 5:23:44 PM
    Netflix vs Amazon Prime - Prime is cheaper but has less movies for free, but you can usually rent them and still come up with less cost per year.
  • amazonuser 9/6/2012 5:23:56 PM
    @tylerwv, when you are on amazon you can search for videos and filter by primer videos only. When in the departments scoll down menu there is even a whole department for prime instant videos.
  • Toly K 9/6/2012 5:24:43 PM
    Fire 2 needs to have at least 3G, preferably 4G, and a decent camera in order to properly compete with the Nexus 7. It is tough to compete with a Jelly Bean device as it is.
  • Antriksh Y 9/6/2012 5:24:46 PM
    @kindled People usually read a lot more books than before after getting a Kindle.
  • brooks_jones 9/6/2012 5:24:56 PM
    If you're a student, you can get Amazon Prime for only $39/year. Awesome!
  • David Carnoy 9/6/2012 5:25:01 PM
    Hopefully we'll see some Special Guests with the Special Offers versions of these devices.
  • scrapple 9/6/2012 5:25:06 PM
    sold my kindle fire for $159 last week.. phew...
  • Gman 9/6/2012 5:25:26 PM
    The 7-inch tablet market is about 10 minutes from officially being mush. Price wise that is. The day profits took a back seat. Good luck Samsung, Toshiba, etc.
  • Antriksh Y 9/6/2012 5:27:23 PM
    How long before we start?
  • Jay Greene 9/6/2012 5:27:27 PM
    @Antriksh. The event is scheduled to kick off at 10:30 PT. Though, you know these things always seem to start late and go long.
  • David Carnoy 9/6/2012 5:27:55 PM
    I really don't think they are doing a 10-incher.
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