Amazon's Apple TV Competitor Expected to Debut at April 2 Media Event

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following rumors of a March launch, it looks like April 2 will be the day Amazon introduces its Apple TV competitor, as Re/code notes that the company has sent out invitations to a "video business" media event for that date. The invitations feature a photo of a couch and popcorn, strongly suggesting that the event will indeed involve the rumored streaming video device, and Re/code's sources indicate that this will indeed be the topic for the event.

    A recent report from TechCrunch indicated that Amazon's device is expected to be a dongle similar to Google's Chromecast, which plugs directly into an HDMI port on the back of the user's television and then connects to either a USB port or outlet for power.

    Amazon's launch comes as Apple users continue to await the introduction of a revamped Apple TV. Rumblings had suggested Apple was considering a launch late last year, but nothing materialized. Newer rumors have suggested that Apple might make a March or April announcement ahead of a launch later in the year, but there have been no specific signs of an imminent event from Apple.

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  2. johnnyturbouk macrumors demi-god


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    Thank you amazon, quite happy with my apple TV. Despite being an amazon 'prime member' I detested love-film, and am quite happy and content with my current iTunes/icloud set-up.

    I suspect those not in a matrimonial union with iTunes-family may be swayed; personally, i do not see this as a viable alternative for my needs and usage.
  3. AppleWarMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
  4. irnchriz macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2005
    Its about time one of the big boys made a push with a small streaming/casual gaming device. Now if they could only get decent content streaming in the UK. Amazon prime/lovefilm is utter crap at the moment. I got it off the back of my prime membership and its painful to use on ANY device and the content available is terrible.
  5. Bare macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    Amazon's pretty late to this game.

    If they're moving in the direction of the Chromecast -- toward being a bargain option -- that would be completely the opposite of what Apple seems to be planning -- the only hard evidence being that the Apple TV is now listed as a main product on the Apple website. ATV used to be a "hobby," but it isn't anymore, and that should set the bar high for Amazon's announcement.
  6. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    What? Was April 1st to obviously ominous lol? :D
  7. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    Ugly image lol Looks like something a school pupil would make.
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
  9. profets macrumors 68020

    Mar 18, 2009
    The more options for people to move away from cable/satellite the better.
  10. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Like the old saying, Competition is good. Because we as the customers wins.
  11. AngerDanger macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Following Amazon's current naming strategy, we can all be anticipating the Amazon Kable Fire!
  12. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    Never cared much for the Amazon Prime Movies. Nor do I want to buy any that weren't free. I only enjoyed watching past TV episodes but I won't be renewing this year since I don't buy that much from Amazon anymore.
  13. hrMACnstuff macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2009
    Amazon Prime Dropped Scripps After Price Increase

    So much for customer service. After announcing a 25% increase for a Prime membership, last week Amazon dropped Scripps and all the shows that came with it: HGTV, Food and Travel networks, etc.
    So pay more and get less.
    Just FYI.
  14. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    Just because sales are higher doesn't prevent it from being a hobby. It can still be a hobby, ie (a very small team putting resources into the project vs everything else Apple works on.
  15. Skoua macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2011
  16. Yelmurc macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    Should be interesting. I wonder if they will have channels like Roku and the Apple TV or will it only be Amazon services.
  17. flux73 macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2009
    Wondering if Apple has been waiting for Amazon to announce their products so that they can't update it to copy whatever Apple has planned.


    Judging from the Kindles, it will be Amazon only unless you root it.
  18. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    You mean early? Amazon's distribution deals with the studios is pretty vast and they have a Amazon Prime app on many devices. They are ahead of the game compared to many companies.
  19. unplugme71 macrumors 68030

    May 20, 2011
    Ouch - that's how most cable companies are too.
  20. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Huh? The Kindle Fire family of tablets allows any app on their platform. It is just a forked version of Android with their own App Store. Clearly they will have Netflix and probably Hulu Plus at launch.
  21. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
  22. dumastudetto macrumors 68000

    Aug 28, 2013
    why would anyone want this when apple tv already does everything we need as consumers? the amazon experience is substandard and has much less content than the iTunes store.
  23. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Wow - so has Amazon actually mastered the art of product reveals as demonstrated time after time by Apple? Do we not actually already know exactly what Amazon is revealing, and will they be shipping a product shortly after revealing it? Those concepts are completely lost on most companies - most companies announce things months before revealing them, and then ship them months after revealing them. Only Apple announces and reveals simultaneously and starts shipments within a week of that, as far as I know.
  24. thedeejay macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada.
    Better late then never, never late is better.

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