With video streaming services and TV casting devices slowly becoming a must, and not just a need, among digital enthusiasts, the race is on to become the go-to name when it comes to “non-traditional” ways of watching movies, TV shows, and even playing games as well. Amazon’s Fire TV is staking its claim, adding even more services to its growing base, including streaming service Sling TV which is itself already chock-full of features.
Launched in April of last year, the Fire TV platform and the Fire TV stick have seen the launch of games and apps exclusively for their users. Highly popular games and apps like Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series, Minecraft Pocket Edition, Flappy Birds Family, Fox Sports GO were first seen on Amazon’s services before eventually making it to other platforms. Another publisher that has launched games exclusively on Amazon is Devolver Digital, makers of such games as Luftrausers, Always Sometimes Monsters, and OlliOlli. They will be launching six more games in the next few months, including Gods Will Be Watching, Not a Hero, and Titan Souls.
According to Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Appstore, selection is up 5 times since they launched last year. And being one of the first platforms to have the Sling TV app is a coup for the media company. The Internet-based TV streaming service just recently launched and included in the $20 a month service are such channels like ESPN, TNT, TBS, Food Network, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, and the Disney Channel.
As a bonus treat, Amazon also announced a tie-up deal with Sling TV. If you subscribe for 3 months of Sling TV (the service does not have a long-term contract for its subscribers), you get a Fire TV Stick for free or if you prefer to have the Fire TV itself, you can get $50 off for the normally $99 device.