Following Google and Roku, Amazon plans a TV dongle?

The long-rumored TV-streaming device from Amazon will be a thumb-sized stick like Chromecast, according to a report.

Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick
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Amazon's video-streaming device is following the lead of Google, and more lately Roku, by going with a thumb-sized stick rather than a set-top box, according to a report from TechCrunch.

The Chromecast-like device is made by Lab126, the research and development arm of Amazon that produced the Kindle family of devices, TechCrunch reported on Monday, citing unnamed sources. It also cited a single source that it should have support to stream full PC games.

Amazon has been said to be on track to unveil a TV-streaming product, possibly with gaming, this month. Last week, images of an Amazon video-game controller said be linked to the media-streaming device heightened speculation about the company's gaming ambitions.

Earlier this month, Roku detailed its Streaming Stick -- a refresh of its dongle that's a clear response to the popularity of Chromecast -- slated to arrive in April.

In addition, Apple is said to be prepping a long-awaited revamp of Apple TV for April, and Google, following the popularity of Chromecast last year, has resurfaced in the rumor mill, with some speculation of a Nexus TV set-top box.

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Joan E. Solsman is a senior writer for CNET focused on digital media. She previously wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. She bikes to get almost everywhere in New York City and has been doored only once.

 

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