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Though we have compared all of today's set-top streamers by technical specifications, we recently got our hands on the new Amazon Fire TV and thought we'd give it a try. Not only does this video review take you through some feature highlights, but we'll also tell you when you can expect to see a discount.
At $99, the Fire TV isn't priced any cheaper than the Apple TV or Roku, but it's a pretty solid video streaming device with a few nice extras that others don't have. Of course, you'll get the most out of it if you're an Amazon Prime member, but even without the free video content that a subscription brings, the box works nicely as a movie rental box, with a huge selection of new films to rent.
One nice feature that we didn't get a chance to cover in the video was the gaming aspect of the device. You can use the Fire TV's included remote to play a modest (but growing) selection of titles from the Amazon App Store. But to get the best gaming experience, you'll need to buy the Amazon Fire Game Controller accessory (which costs an extra $39.99) to play the more advanced games (GTA titles, NBA 2K14, etc). We don't think anyone would rush out to buy this device because of gaming, but it's a nice additional perk.
Also not mentioned in the video review is the fact that the device can also display pictures you've uploaded to your Amazon Cloud Drive. We personally don't know anyone who's ever uploaded photos to that service, but if you do, it's just another little plus for you!
Readers, what do you guys think of the Amazon Fire TV? Do you want it, or is there another streaming device you like more? Tell us in the comments below.