Video hardware

SlideshowAmazon Heats Up TV Hardware Battle

alexalberts 10/8/2017 | 12:27:49 AM
Amazon fire tv and Rokuphen.. Roku doubled down on this strategy this week, unveiling a hardware (and software) refresh that showed it's willing to nearly go toe-to-toe with archrival Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) on price. In terms of pricing, the Roku Express and Streaming Stick bracket Amazon's Fire TV stick, which goes for $40 and comes with a remote supporting Alexa voice searches. And the Streaming Stick Plus' $70 price matches that of Amazon's new Fire TV dongle -- it supports 4K/HDR video and Dolby Atmos audio. Roku is betting the Ultra's richer hardware feature set will allow it to maintain a $30 premium to the Fire TV dongle. All of Roku and Amazon's devices are priced well below Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) latest Apple TV set-top, which starts at $179. Apple, unlike Roku or Amazon, wants to turn a real profit on streaming hardware sales.
Michelle 10/4/2017 | 9:58:37 PM
Re: NFL So they are saying Amazon made classic rookie mistakes with its broadcast, eh? Old media still has the win for this one!
Phil_Britt 10/2/2017 | 2:50:58 PM
Re: NFL I didn't watch on Amazon, but they were saying the next day on CNBC that Amazon had no "filler (like sportscasters discussing the game so far, etc.) for the unexpected lightning delay. Legacy broadcasters have video or "talent" ready to fill such dead spaces.
Michelle 10/2/2017 | 2:28:22 PM
Re: NFL @Phil Did the Amazon stream end before the game finished?

Related: I wonder how Hulu's realtime sports package stacks up against Amazon's.
Phil_Britt 10/2/2017 | 9:08:05 AM
Re: NFL The Bears-Packers game showed there are still issues to be solved. We started watching game late via DVR, expecting to catch up in the third quarter by fast-forwarding through commercials, time outs and other dead time. Instead, we caught up during the 47-minute lightning delay. The Amazon stream was not prepared for such an unplanned play stoppage.
Michelle 9/30/2017 | 11:39:53 PM
Re: NFL You may be right about that. I think Amazon has been testing live streaming technologies in recent years as well.
Phil_Britt 9/28/2017 | 8:19:57 PM
NFL Amazon's success in this area could depend in no small part on how well its streaming of NFL games performs with fans. NFL Ticket has been a big hit for DirecTV.
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