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Amazon Introduces Amazon Fire TV

Updated on May 6, 2014
What the rear of the Amazon Fire TV Box and TV remote looks like
What the rear of the Amazon Fire TV Box and TV remote looks like | Source

What Is Amazon Fire TV

So, there is a buzz going around with the new Amazon Fire TV commercial that features the wild and jiggy Gary Busey, who used to start in blockbuster hits like "Point Break" and "Under Siege" that are a few movies out of over 200,000 of other movie titles that are searchable with this little box. This box can be used with any HD flat-screen TV that plays host to featuring movie rentals from NetFlix, Hulu, and other online subscription services that allow for movie rentals. This device does also feature ways to play games, listen to music, and watch sports on-demand.

Here are the popular shows and applications that are available on Amazon Fire TV
Here are the popular shows and applications that are available on Amazon Fire TV | Source

What Can Be Viewed With Amazon Fire TV

As mentioned above, anyone can subscribe to NetFlix or Hulu Plus to watch movies online with this digital box, but he or she in a typical household can watch and listen to the following popular programs on the new Amazon Fire TV:

  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Watch ESPN
  • ShowTime
  • RedBull TV
  • YouTube
  • And more popular shows

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Here is what the voice-active remote looks like alongside the Amazon Fire TV box
Here is what the voice-active remote looks like alongside the Amazon Fire TV box | Source

Voice Action Remote

Unlike most standard remote controls that are used for flat screen TV's, satellite and digital boxes that give the use and power of browsing the TV guide, changing channel settings, and adjusting the picture for his or her viewing. The Amazon Fire TV comes with a voice action remote that allows anyone to find movie titles, actors/actresses that star in the movies that they were in, and even genre categories to give a wide variety view for what movies their are. The big plus with a voice activated remote is that their is the no requirement for taking 2 to 3 minutes in typing a full-movie title in with a keypad. Everyone's voice is the keyboard or keypad that reduces the time in searching for shows and movies. Just think about the movie "Click" when Adam Sandler and Christopher Walken were going back in time to see some of Adam's character(Michael Newman) flashback history when he was looking back on his previous girlfriends that he dated. The point is that this voice-active remote is like a universal remote that was in the movie except this remote can't use it for going back in time to see the past, instead anyone can relive the past with finding the best movies and TV shows from the 70's and 80's.

Product
Features
Price
Amazon Fire TV
comes with popular services except HBO, more than 100 games with seperate controller, ethernet connection, voice search remote, surround sound, dual-band/antenna wi-fi, quad-core processor, 2GB memory
$99
Apple TV
comes with popular services except Amazon Instant Video, ShowTime, & Pandora , 100 games with no controller, dual-band/antenna wi-fi, single-core processor, ethernet connection, 512 MB memory
$99
 
 
 
An image of the wireless Amazon Fire gaming controller
An image of the wireless Amazon Fire gaming controller | Source

Amazon Fire TV Is Great For Gaming

Amazon Fire TV may serve a purpose as a way for watching movies and classic TV shows; but, also this all new TV box is compatible with playing video games that can be played for free or as part of a subscription. The Amazon Fire TV box may not be like a brand new XBOX One or Playstation 4 that has all the features for gaming; but, their are hundreds of games that can be played for a lot cheaper price with almost the same graphics just like your typical console games. Also, their are some well-known developer names like Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Disney that have made a lot action, sports, and fictional games combined on the console market. The Amazon Fire TV box comes optional with a wireless Amazon Fire gaming controller that looks similar to an XBOX controller expect it is different with media buttons.

A few kids watching an animated movie with the Kindle Fire TV
A few kids watching an animated movie with the Kindle Fire TV | Source

Amazon Goes Freetime With Children

As an issue that is overlooked with many cable and movie providers, many television and movie programs are not all rated G for all audiences especially with many horror, action, and romance type TV shows and videos that are hitting the shelves and many online stores in the 21st century. The real problem is that some providers that airing this inappropriate material are not safeguarding or providing a stiff enough filtering system to help block certain content for children under a certain age. For many cases that have gone viral on the web in response to TV violence, over 50% have been in response to actions signified by what happens on TV. Amazon Fire TV imported a way to stop the television-type violence from involving kids by placing Amazon Freetime controls which sets up screen time limits and restricts certain content from children viewing. As a friendly and fun way for children view, the background on-screen changes to a elementary design that makes kids have fun watching TV like their parents.

Here is an example of converting a Kindle Fire HDX tablet to watch an X-Men's movie on TV
Here is an example of converting a Kindle Fire HDX tablet to watch an X-Men's movie on TV | Source

Bring Your Small Screen To Life

Many individuals may have a Kindle Fire HDX Tablet that you can also use to watch movies and TV shows, read books, upload pictures, download music, and more applications that are possible. The Kindle Fire HDX tablets are now compatible with bringing the small screen to any big, flat screen television. The cool thing with converting a small screen view to a big screen view from a tablet is that you can control your movie from your HDX tablet wireless to your TV. So instead of looking down at your tablet, you can look up at your TV to watch your favorite movies that are running on your tablet.

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