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Amazon inks deal with occasional rival Best Buy to sell Fire TVs

Amazon inks deal with occasional rival Best Buy to sell Fire TVs

The devices will be sold exclusively through Best Buy and Amazon.com and via the retailer's chain of brick-and-mortar stores.

Amazon unveiled its first Fire TV Edition sets previous year with TV maker Element, starting at $449 for a 43-inch model.

"Amazon and Best Buy have a long history of working together, and today we take our partnership to a new level", stated Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and founder. The Fire Edition TVs by Insignia and Toshiba are created to work seamlessly with Amazon's own voice assistant Alexa. Still, this is the first time Best Buy will embed Amazon's software in its own Insignia products, and the first time it will sell products as a merchant on Amazon. The TV can also be paired with any Echo device.

Best Buy will still sell Roku-powered TV's by other brands.

Though Amazon already offers a range of Amazon Fire TV sticks and boxes that can be plugged into any TV, integrating into the Fire TV OS into the very fabric of a television opens many more opportunities for Amazon. You'll have all of your normal TV functions but with the addition of Fire TV which can access content such as PlayStation Vue, Hulu, Netflix, Vudu, Plex, and more.

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The partnership will kick off with the launch of more than 10 4K and HD Fire TV Edition televisions from Toshiba and Insignia, the companies said in a joint statement. Users will be able to control their smart homes including doorbells, lighting systems and other technologies supported by Alexa. Tens of thousands of Alexa skills are already accessible today, allowing you to have fantastic entertainment experiences, view and control your smart home connected cameras, lighting, security systems, and more. HDMI ports are available on the TVs to allow users to connect gaming consoles.

Each of the TVs will also have Alexa voice assistant capabilities built-in.

Amazon will benefit, of course, by having its sets in physical stores.

At present, there are seemingly no plans to release Fire TV Edition smart tellies outside of the USA or Canada.


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