Amazon Unveils The $99 Amazon Fire TV Streaming Set-Top Box

Posted: April 2, 2014

Amazon Fire TV
Amazon announced the Fire TV today. Amazon started out the announcement by emphasizing three deficiencies in all of its competitor's products: search, performance, and the lack of an open ecosystem for apps and services. They used those problems to show how their Fire TV excels: it has easy to use voice-based search "that actually works," fast performance, and an open app and services ecosystem.

The Fire TV is a 4.5 x 4.5 inch box, less than an inch tall, and sports power, HDMI, optical audio out, Ethernet, and a USB ports on the back. The remote is small and simple with the obvious emphasis on voice search for everything but basic navigation.