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#41 of 53 Mark-P

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Posted April 03 2014 - 07:54 PM

So this outputs 1080p, but Amazon Instant Video content is still 720p right? Just upconverted through Fire TV?



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Posted April 03 2014 - 11:15 PM

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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Posted April 04 2014 - 04:24 AM

Flixster app is in the first batch Mike.
http://www.amazon.co...ywords=flixster

 

 

Well that is a plus. If this is going to be an open platform we will see lots of new apps coming including Vudu. Better for the consumer. I will re look then...



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Posted April 04 2014 - 04:56 AM

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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Posted April 04 2014 - 06:38 AM

Don't have mine yet but I think this dude's preconceived notions are more of the cause for his terrible review than actual device issues:

http://readwrite.com...~oAttrps8XNgHf9


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#46 of 53 Sam Posten

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Posted April 04 2014 - 08:41 AM

WAT.

 


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Posted April 04 2014 - 12:57 PM

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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#48 of 53 Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 04 2014 - 08:40 PM

Looking forward to hearing further comments about your Fire TV, Sam.


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Posted April 05 2014 - 04:24 AM

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?



#50 of 53 Sam Posten

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Posted April 05 2014 - 05:10 PM

Full app store on device as well as web

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Posted April 07 2014 - 11:21 AM

One thing I found out about the Fire TV that's a TAD sneaky, especially considering the jabs Amazon made at Apple for being a closed eco-system:

The voice search feature only delivers results for movies you can purchase through Amazon. It doesn't search across other services (such at Netflix) like the Roku does.

Roku FTW

 

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.

 

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Posted April 23 2014 - 05:20 AM

More good Prime choices:

http://recode.net/20...lder-hbo-shows/


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Posted April 24 2014 - 04:22 PM

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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