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Amazon sets event for April 2nd, may reveal their long-rumored media streamer

Amazon has now scheduled a press event for April 2nd to focus on their "video business". Could they finally be getting ready to out their long-rumored media streamer?
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March 27, 2014
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The idea of an Amazon set-top box has been floating around the web for a long while now, but more recently rumors have shifted to suggest that such a device will not only feature the ability to play games but it could also opt for a dongle form factor in a manner similar to the Chromecast.

Of course, it really doesn’t matter what the rumors say, we know nothing for sure until Amazon officially tells us. Thankfully, the wait may be coming to an end, as the company has now started sending out invites for an event that will take place in New York City at 11AM EST on April 2nd.

The focus of the event will be updating us on Amazon’s video business, at least according to the invite. While this doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll learn about Amazon’s long-rumored media streaming device, the fact that the invite shows a couch and popcorn in the background makes it clear the company has plans to further push into our living room.

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If a media streamer really is in the works, what can we expect from it? Aside from the possibility of featuring game streaming technology and arriving a stick/dongle package that’s akin to the Chromecast, the rumor mill also suggests that Amazon’s streamer will run on a forked version of Android like the Kindle Fire series, and will center around Amazon Instant Video and other Amazon services. More than likely Amazon will also partner with big names like Netflix and Hulu to bring us a more rounded media experience — though that’s just speculation on our part.

Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves though. While a media streamer could make sense, next week’s event could be about something else. Perhaps Amazon is simply planning to expand the number of 3rd party devices it partners with in order to take over our living rooms? Or maybe they have a whole different strategy in the works? We’ll know one way or another soon enough.

What do you think, interested in the idea of an Amazon-branded media streamer or would you simply like to see Amazon open up its services to more devices?