Watch out Apple. Amazon has just released a brand new TV set box that they claim is 3 times faster than the Apple TV. The box will stream movies, TV shows and music from users Amazon libraries and services. The box is compatible with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora (we’re hoping that they will include HBO Go as well). The Amazon Fire TV is smaller than a dime in height. Its included bluetooth microphone allows for voice search.
The software on the Fire TV is android based, but also utilizes HTML so that app developers will have an easy time porting their applications to the Fire TV. The most unique feature about the Fire TV is that it will also double as a gaming device. This was suspected due to the recent accession of Double Helix gaming studio. The Fire TV will be compatible with an optional video game controller that sells for $40.
Average prices of games are around $2.00, with a majority of the games being free. The Amazon Fire TV ships today.