The set-top box comes first, with possible Amazon streaming service a few months later.
Rumors of TV-connected Amazon hardware have been swirling for months, and it appears we might get some definitive answers on the subject next week.
Amazon is throwing an event to offer “an update on our video business” this coming Wednesday, April 2nd. That’s all we know about the reveal for now, but it’s possible that Amazon will reveal both a set-top box, and a new TV/video streaming service.
The set-top box rumors are nothing new. We’ve talked about an Amazon Android console in the past, and this new box could very well be that unit, albeit packed with video streaming functionality. Recode says the box will ship with Netflix and Hulu Plus apps pre-installed, offering buyers a well-rounded streaming experience. With an Android foundation (similar to Kindle Fire products), a multi-function device is likely in the works.
The Amazon TV streaming service is new news though, coming out of a Wall Street Journal report. The new service would be free via ad support, and would offer up select Amazon TV shows like Betas, and Alpha House. WSJ points out it would not be as robust as the video service currently offered to Amazon Prime subscribers. “The proposed service, which could launch in the coming months, could feature original and may include licensed content.” I wouldn’t expect that licensed content selection to match the TV, movie library currently offered to Prime members.