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Can's Fire TV Kill Apple TV?

After having been rumored for some time, tech powerhouse (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) finally joined the likes of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) Apple TV last week when it unveiled its own streaming set-top box -- Amazon Fire TV.

And while Amazon's shadow looms particularly large in any new market the e-commerce giant enters, it's still unclear how Amazon's Fire TV will fare in what appears to be a coming head-to-head battle with Apple TV.

Apple versus Amazon: Can there only be one?
As the smartphone and tablet markets slowly mature, tech investors everywhere are searching for the next big growth driver.

And while opinions are certainly varied, most agree that infusing televisions with a healthy increase in software could go a long way to make today's smart TVs, well, a lot smarter.


However, as we've seen in the tablet and smartphone markets as well, there's plenty of room for multiple vendors. The smart TV or smart set-top box market is expected to go some 25% this year, and that's still as names like Apple and Amazon have even better services rumored to be in development.

So, from the looks of it, Apple and Amazon are more likely to co-exist than to disrupt one another in this emerging space. However, that doesn't mean Amazon's Fire TV could spell serious trouble for another set of companies, which tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner discusses in the video below.

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  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2014, at 9:15 PM, MartinMTurner wrote:

    I have both Apple TV and an Amazon Prime subscription, giving me access to the recently rebranded Amazon streaming — formerly LoveFilm.

    Apple TV is a smooth, enjoyable way to purchase premium films on demand.

    Amazon Prime is a way to watch a broad range of no-longer-new films for free, though with occasional interruptions and sometimes no service.

    For watching films for free, Amazon Prime is great, though I ran out of films I wanted to watch fairly early on, and now eagerly scour the new arrivals. I've never paid to watch a film via Amazon, and I probably never will. When I pay to watch a film it's through Apple TV. The browsing experience is much better, the films have much better write-ups and details, and they play without interruption, although they may take longer to start.

    As the article says, these are complementary, not competing services.

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Andrew Tonner is a tech specialist for The Motley Fool. He is a graduate of The University of Arizona with a degree in Finance.

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