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WSJ: Amazon launching streaming set-top for holidays

  • Sources tell the WSJ Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch a set-top box focused on Web streaming in time for the holidays.
  • The box will support both Amazon and 3rd-party content. That's a good idea, given Roku, Apple, and other Web set-top makers already support Amazon's content and popular 3rd-party sources such as Netflix and YouTube.
  • Amazon has reportedly approached media app developers and pay-TV providers regarding partnerships - as Netflix can vouch, the latter group has generally been cautious about partnering with streaming providers. No details yet about pricing; Roku's cheapest box goes for $48 on Amazon, and Apple TV has an MSRP of $99.
  • The WSJ reported in April Amazon is working on a set-top. TechCrunch and Game Informer later reported Amazon's box will double as a game console; Google is reportedly working on something similar.
  • Earlier: Amazon reportedly working on two smartphones
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  • Tvaddic
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    I wonder how this would affect Amazon's ability to be on other set-top boxes, specifically the Apple TV.
    4 Oct 2013, 12:28 AM Reply Like
  • ldgregg
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    It will never make it at that price point. If it's got the same base as AMZN's Video and Music streaming apps, it will be a mess. They need to learn to optimize their streaming apps first (check out what AT&T's ARO did for Pandora, for starters).

     

    As for the question of being on other platforms, AMZN has had the good sense to put their apps (Kindle, etc) on everything that has a battery or cord.
    4 Oct 2013, 01:04 AM Reply Like
  • investingInvestor
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    The biggest disruptive threat to Google is Samsung.

     

    The next biggest is Amazon. No business wants to be Amazon'd.

     

    Microsoft is off playing Game of Thrones for the next year or so.

     

    Both Apple and Amazon know what is good for business.
    4 Oct 2013, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • Tvaddic
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    How is Samsung Google's biggest threat when people say Samsung's default apps/services are bad. Amazon doesn't even have some"popular" apps on their store, not surprisingly Gmail or YouTube.
    4 Oct 2013, 02:10 PM Reply Like
  • cmpas2
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    I am thinking this could be a nearly free device with ads or something...they also May package prime with it to make it more likely to appear cheap. Good idea by amazon in my opinion...especially if they ever make it easier to use their movie catalog
    5 Oct 2013, 10:21 AM Reply Like
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