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Amazon Fire TV – How Does it Match Up to the Competition
Amazon has been increasingly involving themselves in the world of tech over the last decade, first launching their Kindle, then their tablet-eBook crossover the Kindle Fire, talking of drones, and now launching a smart TV box competitor. The Amazon Fire TV is that box, and for $99 offers a range of smart TV and gaming features that make TV more fun for everyone. But, how does it compare to it’s similarly priced competitors like the Google ChromeCast, Roku, or Apple TV?
The Amazon Fire TV has a number of features, but mostly everything you would expect and not much more.
Video – You can easily stream video, photos, and movies from your TV or the Amazon Fire TV storage to your computer, which is great if you want to view your home movies and photos on the big screen.
Movie Apps – Fire TV is compatible with Amazon Prime Instant Streaming, as well as other features like Netflix, HuluPlus, Vevo, Plex, Flixster, YouTube, Quello, and more.
Music Streaming – You can also stream music from popular Internet streaming sites like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and more.
Games – You can choose to purchase a Fire Game Controller with your Fire TV and then you can use the Fire to play a range of games, many of which are free, or cost under $2. While the range is currently limited, Amazon intends to expand the selection fairly quickly.
Voice Search – This is one function that is pretty interesting on the Fire TV. The remote that comes with the Fire features a microphone so you can issue audio commands to search for TV shows. The result is much more convenient than typing in show names with a remote control.
Screen Casting – You can also cast your Kindle or Tablet screen onto your TV when you use the Fire TV.
Who Will Love the Amazon Fire TV?
If you’re already a big fan of Amazon Prime, then the Amazon Fire TV is likely the perfect option for you. Because it integrates directly with your Amazon Prime, you can use it to view your movies and TV shows more easily than you would with other devices. The TV comes with other Amazon features that you might already be familiar with, like FreeTime, so you can control what your kids watch, and how long they watch it.
Comparing the Amazon Fire TV to the Roku, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV
In a battle of which option has the most features for the least price, Google Chromecast still comes out on top at just $29-$35, and includes most of the features of the Amazon Fire TV except for the voice search and the built in Amazon features. The Roku affords the most features with more apps and availability, a USB slot, built in WiFi, and channel shortcut buttons for various online movie services, and runs from $49.99 to $99, it’s the best option if you are looking for more features. The Apple TV is mostly only a good option if you have a lot of Apple devices.