Monday, October 27, 2014

Roku and Amazon Fire Stick Jump into the Stream



"The Waters are Fine, If We don't Drown..."




From:  http://www.theverge.com



Amazon is finally taking on the Chromecast. This morning it's introducing the Fire TV Stick, a streaming device that exists entirely in a small dongle that plugs into a TV's HDMI port. Amazon says that the Fire TV Stick offers the "same experience" as the full Fire TV, which was introduced back in April. It can play games and is able to stream from the major services that you'd expect: Watch ESPN, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and, of course, Prime Instant Video. The Stick goes on sale for $39 beginning November 19th and is currently available for preorder. Prime subscribers can get it for $19 for the next two days.

The Fire TV Stick is being advertised directly against the Chromecast, which should be no surprise: the Chromecast is Amazon's best-selling electronic device right now — and Amazon would be happy to see that replaced with something of its own.





 




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Google announces Android TV hardware 

from Sony and Sharp at I/O




Google already makes a video streaming stick in the form of the Chromecast, so how will it — and others — go with Android TV hardware? Google answered that question at its developer conference I/O today, with new hardware that will run the set top entertainment operating system.

On stage, Google announced (but did not show off) upcoming 2015 TV sets from Sony, Sharp, TPVision, and Phillips will have Android TV built in. Razer and Asus also plan to make set top streaming boxes that can be added to existing TV sets, with Razer calling its model (pictured below) a "micro-console." Along with these efforts, Google said it's working with Qualcomm, Nvidia, Intel, Broadcom, and others to help push the new version of its home entertainment service.







 





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ROKU's Streaming Stick at $39.95  -- $49.99

CNET Review




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