Can's Fire TV Kill Apple TV?

Can the world's foremost e-commerce powerhouse overtake Apple's set top box superiority.

Apr 8, 2014 at 7:00PM

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.

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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.

TV may be small potatoes compared to this $14.4 trillion revolution
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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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