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Amazon sends exclusive invites for 2 April video streaming launch

Amazon has sent out invites for a 2 April event that could include the launch of its long-awaited streaming device.

"Please join us for an update on our video business," according to the invite, which tips an appearance by Peter Larsen, vice president of the Amazon Kindle division.

The invite doesn't give much else away; it features a photo of an armchair and bowl of popcorn, suggesting that the event will indeed include a video-streaming gadget for the living room.

Things kick off next Wednesday in New York City, so stay tuned for all the details.

The invite comes about a week after The Wall Street Journal reported that an Amazon set-top box would arrive in April. Citing people familiar with the company's plans, the Journal suggested that Amazon's Android-based device will ship with apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora—all of which are already available in similar products from Apple, Roku, and Google.

It will also, of course, include the Amazon Instant Video streaming service, which provides a library of more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes to Prime members.

Amazon's last big release was in the fall when it updated its Kindle tablet lineup, including the Kindle Fire HDX with the live Mayday customer service button.