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Amazon Video Event Rumor Roundup: What Will Be Announced?

Amazon Video Event Rumor Roundup: What Will Be Announced?
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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is hosting an event on April 2 to discuss the firm's video business.

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

    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.

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  • Amazon's First Video Game

    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.

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  • A New, Game-Playing Set-Top Box For Less Than $300

    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.

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  • Amazon's Answer To Chromecast

    Amazon's Answer To Chromecast

    TechCrunch recently reported that the rumored set-top box may not be much of a box at all.

    Instead, Amazon might release an HDMI dongle (a la Chromecast) that delivers streaming content -- including PC games.

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  • More Video Content For Prime

    More Video Content For Prime

    Amazon worked hard to beef up its Prime content in 2012.

    The company did not do the same in 2013, though there were some notable additions.

    This year, Amazon might finally be ready to make some major announcements regarding the video content on Amazon Prime.

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  • Amazon's First Movie

    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.

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