Amazon's upcoming TV device will reportedly be a small HDMI stick-dongle

There's been rumors about Amazon's plans to enter the set-top TV market for months now, but today a new report claims that the actual hardware won't be something that sits next to a screen but will rather be a small HDMI dongle similar to Google's Chromecast or the Roku Streaming Stick.

Will Amazon's TV product look similar to the HDMI Roku Streaming Stick?

The news comes from TechCrunch, which says that unlike Chromecast or Roku, the Amazon stick will also stream PC games in addition to videos. The service will be similar to the one that OnLive currently has available; in other words, it will reportedly stream the games directly from Amazon's servers, rather than from a local stream from a home PC. TechCrunch did not give any specifics on the games that will be playable on Amazon's device, saying only that they were "top tier" titles and that they will be streamed at 30 fps.

Last week, images of an alleged Amazon game controller leaked to the Internet, and the company has also acquired game studios such as Double Helix, which developed the recent Xbox One fighting game Killer Instinct. Today's new story offers no information on when Amazon's TV product will be released to the public, saying only that the device is still in testing at the company's Lab126 development studios.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via Roku

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If this can play 1080p video, playback h265 video codec and not cost too much this could be a great product. Many of these cheap sticks can only play 720p video which would seriously suck if amazon's stick does too.

dammit amazon stop playing copycat, if this isn't affordable it will surely fail. That is the main reason the kindle succeeded cause it was the affordable good tablet, but now it's lagging behind devices such as the nexus 7

anothercookie said,
dammit amazon stop playing copycat, if this isn't affordable it will surely fail. That is the main reason the kindle succeeded cause it was the affordable good tablet, but now it's lagging behind devices such as the nexus 7

What? Are you complaining that Amazon will price it low enough to actually be attractive (although Google did price the Chromcast very well)?

Copy cat isn't a problem as long as they bring innovation to the space.

when has amazon priced things that were expensive. they sell these things at a loss probably so we (which I do) will buy their services, and its working. if this can do games from their store in a fairly high res this will be pretty cool imo.