Amazon Video Event Rumor Roundup: What Will Be Announced?
No one knows what will be announced, but the Web is overflowing with rumors.
Will it be the company's long-awaited game console? New TV shows? A movie? Or a Chromecast competitor?
The possibilities are endless. Click through the slideshow to see what Amazon might have planned.
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.
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Free, Ad-Supported Video Content
According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is "considering" the launch of an ad-supported streaming service for TV and music videos.
The Journal spoke to an Amazon spokeswoman about the rumor, which she promptly denied.
But the report also claimed that Amazon may offer free, ad-supported music videos to shoppers. For example, when shoppers search for a particular artist, they might be given the option to watch a related music video.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Amazon's First Video Game
Microsoft didn't get into the video game business overnight.
The Windows maker started by licensing and developing a number of niche games, such as the Flight Simulator franchise.
Amazon might be planning to do the same. The company confirmed that it will develop more video games the moment it acquired Double Helix, the studio behind the latest Killer Instinct game.
The acquisition might be too new for Double Helix to introduce its next game, but the company was already working on a new, unannounced project before the Amazon deal was announced.
If that game is close to completion, Amazon might be ready to make an announcement.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
A New, Game-Playing Set-Top Box For Less Than $300
Amazon has been rumored to be developing a console for quite some time.
The most recent rumor claimed that it would sell for less than $300, which is industry speak for "$299."
At that price point, Amazon's unconfirmed console or set-top box would be a direct competitor to Nintendo's Wii U.
It would also be $100 cheaper than PlayStation 4 and $200 cheaper than Xbox One.Image Credit: VentureBeat
Amazon's Answer To Chromecast
More Video Content For Prime
Amazon's First Movie
Thus far, Netflix and Amazon have mostly focused on developing TV shows, not full-length films.
But it is possible that Amazon's next entertainment phase will involve big screen entertainment.
This wouldn't be the first time that a content provider released films in theaters. Comcast started doing that the moment it acquired NBCUniversal.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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