Amazon set-top box pegged for March release
By Shona Ghosh
Posted on 21 Feb 2014 at 12:18
Amazon's set-top box could arrive next month, after the company shelved plans to release the device in time for Christmas.
Amazon has reportedly been working on its rival to the Apple TV and specialists such as Roku and Boxee over the last year, but no official launch date has been set.
Now, speaking to Recode, Amazon's content partners have floated a March release date, and revealed that the set-top box will run a modified version of Android. It isn't clear when the device might launch outside the US.
There's also no word on who Amazon's partners might be, but the set-top box will likely stream content from the company's own Lovefilm service. Additional rumours - plus job postings from Amazon - suggest the box will additionally serve as a gaming platform.
Amazon has also announced a rebrand for Lovefilm in the UK to "Amazon Prime Instant Video". The changeover will bundle the streaming film and TV service with Amazon's one-day delivery service, Prime.
The switch means current Prime users in the UK will face a price hike from £49 to £79 to include Lovefilm - whether they want it or not. Users can decide whether or not to pay the extra fee once their annual subscription is up.
Current Lovefilm subscribers will have more flexibility. Currently an annual subscription costs around £72 a year. Those who don't want to pay the extra £7 to include Prime can opt for a streaming-only package under the rebranded service, which will keep the cost at £72. Monthly subscription options will also be available.
Along with the update to its streaming service, Amazon will also allow TV and film downloads in the UK via its Instant Video store. Download prices have yet to be confirmed.
The changes will take place from 26 February.
Rip off Britain
Amazon Prime (with instant video) in the US: $79
Amazon Prime (with instant video) in the UK: £79
By KevPartner on 21 Feb 2014
I've subscribed to Amazon Prime for several years and it's great. But I tried the one month trial of Lovefilm and watched everything that seemed worth watching in a week. It has a fraction of the interesting content that's on Netflix, for our family at least. And we're constantly asking ourselves the question of whether we want to continue paying for Netflix.
So, for me, this is simply a price rise from £49 to £79 and it's just not worth it.
By revsorg on 21 Feb 2014
I'm still waiting for a generic Android streaming app.
Only reason I kept lovefilm after they dropped their games package was because I get it through my bank.
Any word on how much this will cost? I'm comparing it to my NowTV box (running Plex) for now.
By tech3475 on 21 Feb 2014
- How to get the Windows 10 Technical Preview, plus release date, features and latest news
- Why the Microsoft Band could be a game changer
- Five ways Amazon Fire TV Stick beats Google Chromecast
- Office 365 trumps Dropbox and Google Drive with unlimited OneDrive storage
- Nexus 6 release date, specs and price: when will the Nexus 6 go on sale in the UK?
- Google Glass: mugger bait, pub problem and other lessons learned from two dangerous weeks
- Twitter, please don't fiddle with my feed
- How Satya Nadella can get some pay-raise karma
- Windows 10: a step back to go forward
- Michael Dell: Cloud infrastructure is the roads, bridges and highways of the 21st century
- How to check your identity hasn’t been sold to the hackers
- Tim Cook: this is how much TV has changed since the 70s
- Westminster wins the .London battle
- 20 years of PC Pro: from deep pan pizza to virtualisation
- Five reasons why the Apple Watch leaves me cold
- How to sell more ebooks on Amazon
- 10 ways to make your business more secure
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office