Amazon TV set-top box rumored to be in the works

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Amazon has a team of engineers working on a "television set-top box", anonymous sources in contact with Bloomberg claim. Of course, a TV-based device would be a seemingly natural extension to Amazon Instant Video as it continues to produce its own original content and cements third-party content deals.

Few details are known about Amazon's upcoming box, but devices like Roku and Apple TV are two possible implementations which could service as blueprints for the company:  tiny, inexpensive, appliance-like devices wrapped up in an stylish but minimalistic package.

On the software side of things, Roku runs atop its own flavor of Linux while Apple TV touts iOS -- the same operating system found on its iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Amazon's plans have yet to be revealed, but perhaps the company intends to port over the same OS found on its Kindle Fire tablets -- a heavily modified version of Android.

Amazon has enlisted some noteworthy talent to develop its media streaming box, including lead-man Malachy Moynihan, former VP of video products at Cisco. Two other individuals rumored to be working on the project include ex-Tivo slash Vudu engineer Andy Goodman and former ReplayTV architect Chris Coley.

The online retail giant has been investing heavily in its video streaming service. In fact, Amazon recently launched pilots for 14 new series -- any of which it may bankroll into full-fledged shows depending on viewer votes. Amazon Instant Video is included with Amazon Prime, an increasingly attractive service which touts free two-day shipping and a few other perks for $79 annually.

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