Amazon Fire TV is a little set-top box that plugs into your HDTV and allows you to stream from Netflix, Amazon’s own Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus and more. It additionally allows you to bring photos, music and games to your living room.
So far it sounds really familiar to Google’s Chromecast or Apple TV but Fire TV’s USP is the voice search.
Fire TV’s ASAP
One of the special things about Fire TV is the so calles ASAP: Advanced Streaming And Prediction. This means Fire TV can predict which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch next and buffers them for playback which means you can start the next House of Cards episode instantly after finishing the one before – no more waiting for the next episode to buffer!
Fans of games get their money’s worth: games like Minecraft, Monsters University, The Game of Life, The Walking Dead, NBA2K14, Asphalt 8, Riptide GP2, Despicable Me: Minion Rush are available and the average cost of paid games on Fire TV is $1.85.
You can either use the Fire TV remote, the Fire TV app for your smartphone or tablet or you can even get a Fire game controller.
Parents can choose what their kids see and set time limits for types of content and times of day. You can subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited. This is Amazon’s “all-you-can-eat” content subscription for kids aged 3 to 8. With subscribing to this, you can get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV shows: specially for your children.
Anything you have saved in Amazon’s Cloud Drive can be played or viewed on your television with Fire TV. This means any video of you last holiday or the pictures of your best friend’s wedding can come alive on your TV.
There are a lot of gadgets like Amazon’s Fire TV on the market right now and it’ll be interesting to see which one will become the most popular and what features seem to be the most appealing!
Let us know what you think about Fire TV or the other devices and which one you prefer.