Amazon Fire TV is No Joke

Just got an Amazon Fire TV today, hooked it up, and here's the scoop:

  • Fast, flawless setup
  • Clean, engaging UI
  • Solid hardware design and build quality

Who should be concerned:

  • Roku
  • Ouya

Very, very concerned.

Channels

The channel lineup on Amazon isn't as big yet (but seriously, who needs Roku's Scale Model Game Miniatures channel?) but it's good enough to launch with some big names:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • YouTube
  • ShowTime
  • Vevo
  • Vimeo

And a bunch more. Missing at launch for me (and any other Game of Thrones fans) is HBO Go, though it's on Amazon's roadmap.

Games? Ouya is in serious trouble:

  • 130+ games available at launch for the Amazon Fire TV
  • Comparable hardware
  • Also Android based, so there is little to prevent Amazon from catching up quickly in its game catalog
  • Plus, OUYA controllers work perfectly with Amazon Fire TV, so I have little upgrader's remorse because I can recoup some of my OUYA hardware investment

Even worse for Roku and OUYA?

The Amazon Fire TV already has the best of both combined in one cute little box. Big channels, solid games. Even if the special Amazon controller I ordered turns out to be a flop, most bluetooth controllers should do the trick (such as my adequate OUYA units).

For $99, seriously, give this thing a very close look.

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