Thursday, June 07, 2018

Amazon’s new smart speaker is a TV streaming box, and vice versa

The Fire TV Cube will be an interesting test for full-blown streaming boxes, which have fallen out of favor as most consumers opt for cheaper streaming dongles that can fit behind a television. Last year, Parks Associates found that Amazon’s $40 Fire TV Stick made up 81% of all Fire TV devices owned in U.S. broadband homes. The NPD Group found that Roku’s average selling price was less than $50, suggesting that most customers also opt for the company’s cheaper streaming sticks. Even if you need 4K HDR video support, you only have to pay $70 for Amazon’s Fire TV Pendant, Roku’s Streaming Stick+, or Google’s Chromecast Ultra.

From the article "Amazon’s new smart speaker is a TV streaming box, and vice versa" by Jared Newman.

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