Amazon announces Amazon Fire TV

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    So this outputs 1080p, but Amazon Instant Video content is still 720p right? Just upconverted through Fire TV?
     
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    So...Roko, ATV and this, comes up to $300-ish...Still have to pay to use apps that have free versions on a computer, sad.The new $265 Lenovo IdeaCentre for me.My old one(5 years old) only supports 2.0.
     
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    If it takes more than a month for HBO Go to come to this platform I will eat a (cake filled) hat. It is already supported on Tablets so it's a no brainer for them and they likely weren't part of the secret beta.

    Vudu has chosen not to support Kindle Tablets but I think you can get the app by sideloading from Google Play. I believe sideloading is supported on the TV but we're not 100% sure yet and formatting could be funky.
     
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    Tv showed up and is running great, it was pre-registered to me, all I had to do was plug in power and hdmi and give it my wifi pass code and it foound all my stuff..One issue: There doesnt seem to be any way to turn it off! Wouldn't be a big deal if it was using rechargeable batteries but the remote and controller both use regular ones.The controller is a LOUD piece of junk. Avoid.Sev Zero is a dog of a game. If I hadn't gotten it for free with my controller I'd want my $6 back. Avoid.App choices are otherwise still limited. Pandora and Amazon media work great tho. I have not tried surround sound and likely will not, this is hooked right to a flat panel.
     
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    Looking forward to hearing further comments about your Fire TV, Sam.
     
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    Is there an app store on this box like the Roku or is it more what you see is what you get like apple tv?
     
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    Full app store on device as well as web
     
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    At first I didn't realize how bad this is. I just read that if you do a voice search while using the Netflix app, it only shows results for Amazon's content even if the the title is also available in Netflix. I am surprised Netflix would allow their service on Amazon's device with that going on.

    -Keith
     
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    I may get one of these for my mother-in-law who is apparently so tech-illiterate that she couldn't get the hang of using a Roku LT to access Amazon Prime streaming. The voice search (and speed) will probably help a lot in her case... or so I'm thinking.

    She's not doing NF at this point, so don't need voice search for that (so far) -- mainly just Amazon Prime content.

    And then, I'll swap w/ her for the Roku LT to be used somewhere in our house instead -- we don't have any dedicated streaming boxes ourselves (and mainly just use a BD player for some Amazon Prime streaming in our livingroom HT).

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    Still no Vudu??

    I'll pick one up for $19 though. It can sit in the box next to the chromecast...lol
     
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    I couldn't pass up the $19 price. If anything, I can attach it to the TV that we usually have to hook a laptop to in order to watch something online.
     
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    I just got a Fire TV a few weeks ago for my birthday. I probably wouldn't have bought it myself, but I've enjoyed having it. I have an Apple TV on our main set and the Fire TV in the bedroom. I'm kind of bummed to see they have made it essentially obsolete this fast.
     
  18. 2 things that are stupid about this...1) The free month of Netflix is for new subscribers only, and there is ALWAYS a free month of Netflix offer for new subscribers...2) Instead of getting it for $39 then getting the free month of Prime, sign up for a free month of Prime then get it for $19. The end result is the same but you just paid $20 less.Real slick, Amazon
     
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  19. ...and now it's not shipping until Jan 16th. Nice.
     
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    I picked up the Fire TV stick last week at Best Buy for $25. I bought it primarily for Amazon Prime. So far, I'm very pleased with it.Prime streaming works perfectly, no buffering.I've also installed the apps for Prime music, Netflix and Crackle. I have it connected to my receiver (Yamaha). Picture and sound quality are excellent. I'm watching a movie now as I post this.I don't use it for games, so I can't comment on that aspect of it.As I mentioned above, I bought it for Prime. I have a Logitech Revue that I was using for Prime. While the Revue is still a fun gadget, it's slow when using the browser for Prime. For me, the Fire TV stick was worth the purchase just for Prime alone, even if I had paid the regular $40 price. At $25, it was a no-brainer.I installed the Netflix app for the 30 day free trial. Content will determine whether I continue a paid membership.Again, I'm VERY pleased with the Fire TV stick.
     

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