UPDATE (4/4/2014): The FireTV came in today as expected. The office squirrels are going nuts for it: see for yourself.
In case you haven’t seen the news, Amazon dropped the bombshell that is the FireTV on April 2nd. After a lot of speculation that Amazon would be getting deeper into the gaming industry, the FireTV focuses on streaming TV with voice search, predictive suggestions and some surprisingly good games. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke to Mike Snider of USA Today about the device:
“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price — people are going to love Fire TV. And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus and more.”
What we find most exciting about the FireTV, however, is Amazon’s commitment that the device is “Made for Music.” Amazon has Dolby Digital Plus certification and a built-in optical audio out to back it up, too. In our ongoing efforts to help you enjoy your music collection in more places and on more devices, we’re taking a good look at the Amazon FireTV.
Ours should arrive tomorrow, and we’re excited to see what the little box has to offer! Stay tuned, and let us know what you think of this surprise launch.