In Asia, one of the geekiest countries getting all the cool tech stuff first is Japan. Of course, that’s not surprising because the Land of the Rising Sun is very advanced especially in technology and robotics. It’s no wonder that gadgets and services from the West are heading towards the country before they roll out in other parts of the region.
Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service has finally launched in Japan. With it comes the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Prime Video is available starting today, September 25, while the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will be ready next month, October 28. This news makes Japan the fourth and newest market of the latest Amazon offerings after the United States, Germany, and United Kingdom.
As we all know, Netflix is already in Japan and now it’s joined by Amazon’s Prime Video in streaming more content. Since the country already has the Prime, Amazon’s streaming service certainly has an edge over Netflix. Current Prime members can easily get a subscription by adding the $32 service to the annual fee. This is definitely cheaper than Netflix which starts at $5.40 to $12 (¥650 to ¥1,450 monthly) in Japan.
Let’s take a look at the pricing of all three Fire TV hardware:
• Fire TV – ¥12,980 (about $110), the
• Fire TV Stick – ¥4,980 ($42)
• Fire TV Stick with voice-powered remote – ¥6,480 ($55)
The Fire TV items can now be pre-ordered. If you’re a Prime subscriber in Japan, you can get any product at a discount–Fire TV Stick models for half the price and the Fire TV for only $84 (¥9,980), at least, for the next three days so go on, head on to Amazon now and fire up your home entertainment system.