6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Amazon's $99 FireTV media streamer: First Look

About Video Transcript

First Look: Amazon's $99 FireTV media streamer

2:15 /

Amazon takes on Apple TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast with a zippy media streamer that doubles as a game console

[MUSIC] [MUSIC] I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor CNET.com and I'm here with Amazon's new Fire TV. I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor CNET.com and I'm here with Amazon's new Fire TV. This is a $99 streaming media box. This is a $99 streaming media box. It does music, video and games. It does music, video and games. Amazon has talked about how this is an open ecosystem so, it not only has Amazon video on it, but it also has Netflix. Amazon has talked about how this is an open ecosystem so, it not only has Amazon video on it, but it also has Netflix. And a host of other partners and it does have some games as well. And a host of other partners and it does have some games as well. You can buy an optional $39.99 game controller that's designed to work with Amazon's Kindle Fire games. You can buy an optional $39.99 game controller that's designed to work with Amazon's Kindle Fire games. You can purchase a game on a Kindle Fire for instance and use it on this box or you can buy it separately on this box. You can purchase a game on a Kindle Fire for instance and use it on this box or you can buy it separately on this box. It taps right into your Amazon account so the day you set this up all your content, those movies you might have download or music, will appear on this box. It taps right into your Amazon account so the day you set this up all your content, those movies you might have download or music, will appear on this box. It obviously does Amazon Instant Video and prime members will have a lot of free content to choose from. It obviously does Amazon Instant Video and prime members will have a lot of free content to choose from. In terms of connectivity, around back you'll find an HDMI connection, there's also a USB port, that's for future expansion it's just there. In terms of connectivity, around back you'll find an HDMI connection, there's also a USB port, that's for future expansion it's just there. There's also an ethernet connection if you don't wanna go wireless. There's also an ethernet connection if you don't wanna go wireless. This is a wireless box just like Apple TV. This is a wireless box just like Apple TV. It has wireless in it. It has wireless in it. In terms of specs, Amazon has count effected it's three times faster than competing products out there from Roku, Apple and, that, that Google Chrome cast. In terms of specs, Amazon has count effected it's three times faster than competing products out there from Roku, Apple and, that, that Google Chrome cast. So, it's got a Quad-core Qualcom Snapdragon processor in it. So, it's got a Quad-core Qualcom Snapdragon processor in it. It also comes with two gigabytes of internal RAM. It also comes with two gigabytes of internal RAM. All that processing power does make the interface very smooth and zippy. All that processing power does make the interface very smooth and zippy. So, performance is really good. So, performance is really good. The other big differentiator is the voice search. The other big differentiator is the voice search. The remote that comes with this box has a microphone built into and you can search using your voice. The remote that comes with this box has a microphone built into and you can search using your voice. You can search in a number of different categories including title, actor and genre. You can search in a number of different categories including title, actor and genre. So, it does away with all of these sort of typing in letters that you have to do with a little remote. So, it does away with all of these sort of typing in letters that you have to do with a little remote. All in all I've been impressed what I've seen so far. All in all I've been impressed what I've seen so far. This does seem like a big leap forward from what Apple TV is today. This does seem like a big leap forward from what Apple TV is today. And, at $99, it's obviously designed to compete with that. And, at $99, it's obviously designed to compete with that. We will have a full review in the coming days, so tune back for that. We will have a full review in the coming days, so tune back for that. I'm David Carnoy, thank's for watching. I'm David Carnoy, thank's for watching. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor CNET.com and I'm here with Amazon's new Fire TV. I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor CNET.com and I'm here with Amazon's new Fire TV. This is a $99 streaming media box. This is a $99 streaming media box. It does music, video and games. It does music, video and games. Amazon has talked about how this is an open ecosystem so, it not only has Amazon video on it, but it also has Netflix. Amazon has talked about how this is an open ecosystem so, it not only has Amazon video on it, but it also has Netflix. And a host of other partners and it does have some games as well. And a host of other partners and it does have some games as well. You can buy an optional $39.99 game controller that's designed to work with Amazon's Kindle Fire games. You can buy an optional $39.99 game controller that's designed to work with Amazon's Kindle Fire games. You can purchase a game on a Kindle Fire for instance and use it on this box or you can buy it separately on this box. You can purchase a game on a Kindle Fire for instance and use it on this box or you can buy it separately on this box. It taps right into your Amazon account so the day you set this up all your content, those movies you might have download or music, will appear on this box. It taps right into your Amazon account so the day you set this up all your content, those movies you might have download or music, will appear on this box. It obviously does Amazon Instant Video and prime members will have a lot of free content to choose from. It obviously does Amazon Instant Video and prime members will have a lot of free content to choose from. In terms of connectivity, around back you'll find an HDMI connection, there's also a USB port, that's for future expansion it's just there. In terms of connectivity, around back you'll find an HDMI connection, there's also a USB port, that's for future expansion it's just there. There's also an ethernet connection if you don't wanna go wireless. There's also an ethernet connection if you don't wanna go wireless. This is a wireless box just like Apple TV. This is a wireless box just like Apple TV. It has wireless in it. It has wireless in it. In terms of specs, Amazon has count effected it's three times faster than competing products out there from Roku, Apple and, that, that Google Chrome cast. In terms of specs, Amazon has count effected it's three times faster than competing products out there from Roku, Apple and, that, that Google Chrome cast. So, it's got a Quad-core Qualcom Snapdragon processor in it. So, it's got a Quad-core Qualcom Snapdragon processor in it. It also comes with two gigabytes of internal RAM. It also comes with two gigabytes of internal RAM. All that processing power does make the interface very smooth and zippy. All that processing power does make the interface very smooth and zippy. So, performance is really good. So, performance is really good. The other big differentiator is the voice search. The other big differentiator is the voice search. The remote that comes with this box has a microphone built into and you can search using your voice. The remote that comes with this box has a microphone built into and you can search using your voice. You can search in a number of different categories including title, actor and genre. You can search in a number of different categories including title, actor and genre. So, it does away with all of these sort of typing in letters that you have to do with a little remote. So, it does away with all of these sort of typing in letters that you have to do with a little remote. All in all I've been impressed what I've seen so far. All in all I've been impressed what I've seen so far. This does seem like a big leap forward from what Apple TV is today. This does seem like a big leap forward from what Apple TV is today. And, at $99, it's obviously designed to compete with that. And, at $99, it's obviously designed to compete with that. We will have a full review in the coming days, so tune back for that. We will have a full review in the coming days, so tune back for that. I'm David Carnoy, thank's for watching. I'm David Carnoy, thank's for watching. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

New releases

Mini concept begins where Google Glass left off
1:51 April 19, 2015
Mini Augmented Vision is a new augmented reality concept projecting information, navigation and safety information onto a set of g...
Play video
All the things Apple Watch can do without an iPhone nearby
1:33 April 18, 2015
You still need an iPhone to set up and use the Apple Watch, but it can do things on its own, too! Fitness, music, Apple Pay, and a...
Play video
The WD Elements portable drive is a great deal
2:23 April 17, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo sort of explains the difference between bravery and courage using the high-capacity low-cost WD Elements portable...
Play video
Forget maps and let leg electrodes guide you there, Ep. 200
4:54 April 17, 2015
Crave celebrates its 200th episode with a human cruise control system that's, well, pretty shocking. We check out a bicycle that claims...
Play video
Send Frigidaire's Professional Fridge back to the minors
2:24 April 17, 2015
The Frigidaire FPBC2277RF is priced in the big leagues, but fails to perform up to expectations.
Play video
Star Wars droid BB-8 is real, powered by Sphero
2:40 April 17, 2015
Get ready for rolling BB-8 toys. The droid in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a real robot, based on the technology in Sphero's toy...
Play video
CNET Top 5 - Crazy looking smartphones
3:36 April 17, 2015
Round, curvy and two-faced: five phones that broke the mold and dared to be different.
Play video
Gifts for grads 2015
2:42 April 17, 2015
Before your graduate takes on the real world, why not equip them with some awesome tech to help them?
Play video