You can never have enough boxes hooked to your television. Or rather, you have TOO many boxes hooked to your television and lots of companies are trying to help you simplify your life and pare down your HDMI cable collection by offering superior services for a low price. Hence, Amazon has entered the fray for home theater domination with a low-cost media player. Amazon has announced the Fire TV, a streaming media player that hooks your TV to your Amazon Prime, Showtime Anytime, and dozens of other streaming services.
Amazon helpfully provides a comparison guide for the various streaming media servers right there on the purchase page, probably because it’s looking like it’s the superior product. Unlike the Roku 3 it doesn’t have HBO Go, but it does have superior sound, a faster processor, more memory, and voice search, which seems like the killer app for this streaming media player, according to none other than Gary Busey. After all, while the other boxes can always hold more space and get faster and maybe even offer games and voice (Apple, I’m looking at you), only Amazon has Gary Busey yelling at furniture.
Will you, like Gary Busey, gravitate to the streaming media player with voice control, akin to how you can talk to your iPhone and your Xbox and whatnot? Or will the Roku’s HBO Go make the difference and tip the balance away from Amazon (which offers Bloomberg TV for you business types rather than HBO). Will the fact that the Amazon Fire plays video games as well help tip the choice? Or will you be holding out or just hooking an older, streaming-capable tablet to your television?Technorati Tags: amazon, amazon fire, amazon fire streaming media player, amazon fire tv, amazon streaming media player, fire tv, Home Theater, streaming media device, streaming media player, television