Now, reports indicate Amazon is about to make a foray into the living room, right beneath your HD television.
According to sources close to the project speaking with Business Week, Amazon is no longer content to just have its instant video service appear as an app on other products, and is developing a proprietary set-top box all its own.
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It's a jungle out there
Supposedly on track to arrive this fall, Amazon's streaming media box will provide access to the online retail giant's library of instant video and video on-demand options.
Amazon Instant Video is already available on a wide variety of similar devices, including gaming consoles like the PlayStation 3.
The device is purportedly being developed by Amazon's Lab126 in Cupertino, Calif., which has apparently worked on similar devices before, though those never met the public.
It will be interesting to see if Amazon allows other services like Netflix and Hulu to appear on its streaming system, if it's indeed in the works, as those apps are readily available on Kindle devices.
Competitive devices like Apple TV do allow for secondary apps like Netflix to exist in the same ecosystem, so it may not be to Amazon's advantage to shut out those services.
TechRadar asked Amazon for comment, though we're not holding our breath for a response with any concrete details about the company's plans. Maybe we offer a product name? We're thinking Kindle-vision has a nice ring.