Unboxing the Amazon Fire TV [Video]

Move over, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast -- the Amazon Fire TV has arrived.

Amazon jumped into the video-streaming device market last week by releasing the Fire TV, a small, black set-top box that streams video and audio content from the Internet.

The $99 gadget will be facing off against rival devices from Apple, Google and Roku.

LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2 p.m. as we unbox the Amazon Fire TV.
But if there’s one thing the Amazon Fire TV has that its rivals don’t is a focus on video gaming. The Fire TV is capable of playing games that can be purchased and downloaded from Amazon.


Among the available titles is the popular game “Minecraft -- Pocket Edition.” The Fire TV can also connect with a $39 game controller that was released by Amazon simultaneously.

However, the Amazon Fire TV does have some flaws. The most glaring weakness is its lack of support for HBO GO, which is available from all of its rival devices. Amazon said it is working with HBO to bring the service to its device, but the company has not said when it will become available on the Fire TV. 

Join The Times’ Michelle Maltais and me at 2 p.m. PDT as we unbox the Amazon Fire TV live. Send us your questions in the comments as well as through Twitter.



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