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  Reply # 1018724 4-Apr-2014 19:12 Send private message quote this post

JimmyH: Looks interesting.

I'm particularly interested in whether it has a physical ethernet port (not just WiFi like the Chromecast)


Yes - there is a physical ethernet port.

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  Reply # 1018725 4-Apr-2014 19:12 Send private message quote this post

JimmyH: Looks interesting.

I'm particularly interested in whether it has a physical ethernet port (not just WiFi like the Chromecast) and whether it has a web browser that can play streaming flash videos (or one can be side loaded). That's the one thing I need that my WD Live won't do. I have a Hauppauge Broadway hooked up to my network, rooftop antenna and Sky box etc. This has a DLNA server that lets me stream the imput to my PC in  the study, my phone (droid) and my tablet (droid), as well as change channels and control recording etc. Unfortunately, the WD Live in the bedroom will "see" the DLNA server, but not handle the output.

If this will work, at that pricing I would be keen.

Keenly looking forward to reviews when people have them in their hot little hands.....


They are out in America already so lots of reviews out. You can sideload any app you like to it, so a browser souldn't be a problem. A browser with flash support is a little more tricky (unless things have changed since i last done it, is an ancient version of dolphin still required??). The only thing is getting a compatible usb/bluetooh keyboard and mouse.

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  Reply # 1018763 4-Apr-2014 20:02 Send private message quote this post

reven:
freitasm: Ordered mine now...

reven: love the name, not to be confused with "Fyre TV" :) (which is a similar thing but for porn).


Go on, continue...



just another STB/netflix service I stumbled upon while checking out google tvs.  engadget or someone said samsung tvs wouldnt allow an adult service like Fyre TV on their platform but it was available on google tv and roku.

turns out its basically a "netflix for porn", and runs on a few device and they have their own STB.  prices seem quite expensive though, you pay per studio.  but i guess their market is a lot smaller than netflix.


So have I got this right

Fyre + TV = orgasm
Fire + TV = freitasm

I always thought there was something suss about that login name




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  Reply # 1019224 5-Apr-2014 22:03 Send private message quote this post

I must admit I would be tempted but I have so many devices now that can access those services viz.

Google TV (but that's slow)
PS3
Sony BD player
Roku

it would seem to be redundant. Plus for some reason on both VF cable (I had 130Mbs second) and now on Telecom VDSL2+ I have never had decent performance from Amazon Instant Video while I can get SuperHD on Netflix and the top resolution on Vudu,

One interesting comparison that Amazon makes with other streaming devices seems wrong also.



It says the Roku 3 can't do DD+ but on my earlier Roku 2 XS I can get DD+ and have heard it on Vudu and Netflix.  Did they remove that facility on the Roku 3?






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  Reply # 1019227 5-Apr-2014 22:14 Send private message quote this post

I might just grab one, my WD TV live is so slow that it makes using it quite painful. Does anyone know whether this can stream off a network share or does it have to be content from their cloud service?

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  Reply # 1019228 5-Apr-2014 22:25 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

It has an ethernet port so it's already one step better than the chromecast.




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  Reply # 1019264 5-Apr-2014 23:35 Send private message quote this post

I ordered one then cancelled when I found out it didn't have an IR port :-(

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  Reply # 1019265 5-Apr-2014 23:38 Send private message quote this post

BigMal: I ordered one then cancelled when I found out it didn't have an IR port :-(


Why do you need an IR port?





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  Reply # 1019266 5-Apr-2014 23:46 Send private message quote this post

The remote control needs no IR. Why would you want an IR port? 






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  Reply # 1019269 6-Apr-2014 00:15 Send private message quote this post

So you can repeat ir back to it in a cupboard somewhere else feeding an hdmi matrix.




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  Reply # 1019270 6-Apr-2014 00:24 Send private message quote this post

richms: So you can repeat ir back to it in a cupboard somewhere else feeding an hdmi matrix.


Or use a universal IR remote like a Harmony or Global Cache IR repeater system. That's the thing I like about the Roku 2. While the remote is BT so you can play Angry Birds, it also has an IR receiver in it.




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  Reply # 1019287 6-Apr-2014 05:27 Send private message quote this post

Yup my HT gear is all in a cupboard and operated by a single universal remote so IR is important to me.

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  Reply # 1019349 6-Apr-2014 09:08 Send private message quote this post

My firetv has made it to the shipito warehouse. Im now presented with various shipping options. Oh the decisions, be wounded severely and have it in a few days or be cheap and wait 20+ days...






Edit: Ok im cheap, I imagine ill regret this decision over the coming few days! :).

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  Reply # 1019372 6-Apr-2014 10:00 Send private message quote this post

Slightly off topic but relevant.  The Verge reports Google introducing Android TV http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/5/5584604/this-is-android-tv

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  Reply # 1019375 6-Apr-2014 10:16 Send private message quote this post

Again?





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