Several reports point at the new set-top box being delayed by Amazon, but nobody can pinpoint the exact reason for the delay. Amazon has not issued any statements on the matter and we doubt they will make it to holiday season if the delay has just hit now in October.
Not much is known about the Amazon set-top box, some reports have said it will look similar to the Chromecast with the dongle connecting to a HDMI-port and others say it looks like a mix of the Roku box and classical Kindle Fire back design.
Amazon will be porting their own version of Android onto the TV and we believe it will have a similar UI to Fire OS, a very content orientated platform. This will be good for the set-top box, with the ability to show all content in the carousel, including movies, TV programs and services.
The Chromecast’s major problem at the moment is the support, there is only Netflix, YouTube and Hulu Plus, a rather poor line up compared to the Apple TV and Roku. This is combatted with the ability to play on the browser any video, allowing anything to be streamed.
Amazon will not dabble into this browser functionality but will have LoveFilm and Amazon Instant Video, alongside some other TV programs and services they have managed to acquire support from in the past few years.
Currently nobody has really changed their lineup this year, the Chromecast was the big new way of streaming media, but the Apple TV and Roku box have both not changed since the last generation, with Apple announcing no new update at their iPad event.