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BLOG: Here comes Amazon's 'Kindle for movies'

Mike Elgan | May 21, 2011
I predict that Amazon will ship a video tablet that will do for movies what the Kindle did for books

Amazon knows how to design, build and market a true consumer information appliance. The rumored hardware specs support the idea of a Kindle for movies. Amazon's got the movie-downloads rental business. It's got music. It's got the best Android app store. It's also got the wireless carrier relationships.

Oh, and it's also got a few books you can download.

I think the stars are aligned for Amazon to come out with something millions of consumers are going to want: a high-quality, low-cost tablet appliance for watching movies.

Correction: This column has been changed to correct that Google is the developer of the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. It also corrects the pricing of the Amazon Prime Instant Video service to $79 per year from $79 per month.

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