Amazon Hopes to Burn the Streaming Competition with $99 Fire TV Box

Paul Lilly

This might be the streaming box you've been waiting for

The tech sector is terrible at keeping secrets, and as such, we've long suspected Amazon was working on a streaming device of its own. It turns out the rumors were true. At long last, Amazon today announced a 1080p streaming set-top box it's calling Fire TV , and though it's small, it packs a punch. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM.

It also has dual-band, dual-antenna (MIMO) 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 8GB of internal storage, HDMI output, 10/100 LAN, USB 2.0 port, Dolby Digital Plus support, and a few other odds and ends wrapped in a chassis that measures 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 0.7 inches and weighs 9.9 ounces.

One of the touted features of Fire TV is "voice search that actually works." Just speak the name of a movie, TV show, actor, director, or genre into the remote and you're finished.

Fire TV offers instant access to Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, YouTube, and more. You can also listen to music through Fire TV via Amazon MP3, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and other services. And as for gaming, there's even some of that  -- think games like Minecraft, Monsters University, The Game of Life, The Walking Dead, NBA2K14, and so forth.

"Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV," said Jeff Bezos , Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid. Our exclusive new ASAP feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards."

You can order Amazon Fire TV immediately for $99 .

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