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  # 1074436 25-Jun-2014 17:36
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freitasm: I don't know which model they sent yet... Let's see this evening.



I suspect he was enquiring over the price - lol

We run Netflix on a 55" Samsung and also on a 26" Panasonic. Even though we are rural and have a very poor <2Mb/s download speed; the picture quality is excellent (c8

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  # 1076547 29-Jun-2014 15:06
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So I've been playing around this weekend and rooted the Fire TV and installed XBMC for Fire TV as the launcher. It is very nice and gives still gives me access to Netflix etc. I'm going to lend it to my Mum to see if she can use it as a standalone solution with a NAS. If so I'll be ordering a new one for me  smile

 
 
 
 


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# 1076711 29-Jun-2014 21:46
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has anyone tried using a different remote control these.  Either my remote has packed up or the FireTV is faulty as remote wont work.  I can use it with standard usb keyboard fine but sort of defeats the purpose.  I see I can order a new remote from Amazon




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  # 1076712 29-Jun-2014 21:48
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Gilco2: has anyone tried using a different remote control these.  Either my remote has packed up or the FireTV is faulty as remote wont work.  I can use it with standard usb keyboard fine but sort of defeats the purpose.  I see I can order a new remote from Amazon


Amazon would replace it under warranty, but you would need to ship it to a place like YouShop and pay the $22 freight. 


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# 1076714 29-Jun-2014 21:55
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yeah and only $5 more for new remote and possibly less hassle, but just wondering if could use something els first




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  # 1076716 29-Jun-2014 21:57
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How many remotes can the fire tv be paired with at once? I keep leaving mine in the other room or losing it.




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  # 1076727 29-Jun-2014 22:11
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I think the new Google TV basically killed this product for me, better hardware with the Tegra K1 and I expect gaming elements to be superior. If you were buying now, any reason you guys might select the Fire TV? Amazon ecosystem has zero value for me, and cost not an issue either, so I guess any reasons beyond those.




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  # 1076734 29-Jun-2014 22:21
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Im already paying for prime anyway to get free shipping to the reshipper so the content is basically free to me, it works well and I am considering getting addidional units for the other TVs because it is still quite cheap for what it does,

Will wait and see what comes from google tho,

Still want to know why I cant have it, the chromecast, a PS3 and a PS4 on the TV and have HDMI CEC work on all of them. Get the usual unsupported crap answer from samsung...




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  # 1076739 29-Jun-2014 22:33
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richms: Im already paying for prime anyway to get free shipping to the reshipper so the content is basically free to me, it works well and I am considering getting addidional units for the other TVs because it is still quite cheap for what it does,

Will wait and see what comes from google tho,

Still want to know why I cant have it, the chromecast, a PS3 and a PS4 on the TV and have HDMI CEC work on all of them. Get the usual unsupported crap answer from samsung...


Yeah, if you're already in their content ecosystem the Fire TV is absolutely exceptional. I think even if you're not it's a great device, but probably won't eclipse the Google offering when it arrives if the Amazon content is not a drawcard.




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  # 1076744 29-Jun-2014 23:14
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Assuming Google TV will be locked down as Google Chromecast... Just the ability to use a user-defined DNS out of the box makes the Amazon Fire TV a much more compelling experience for users.






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  # 1076762 30-Jun-2014 00:15
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freitasm: Assuming Google TV will be locked down as Google Chromecast... Just the ability to use a user-defined DNS out of the box makes the Amazon Fire TV a much more compelling experience for users.




Just need to setup a NAT rule on your router to redirect any DNS queries going to 8.8.8.8 to your DNS service. Agree not as easy, but takes care of Google ;)


Having said that I have an Amazon fire Tv en route

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  # 1076788 30-Jun-2014 06:49
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freitasm: Assuming Google TV will be locked down as Google Chromecast... Just the ability to use a user-defined DNS out of the box makes the Fire TV a much more compelling experience for users.




I have all that stuff set up in the router, no issues there.




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  # 1076804 30-Jun-2014 07:50
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insane:
freitasm: Assuming Google TV will be locked down as Google Chromecast... Just the ability to use a user-defined DNS out of the box makes the Amazon Fire TV a much more compelling experience for users.


Just need to setup a NAT rule on your router to redirect any DNS queries going to 8.8.8.8 to your DNS service. Agree not as easy, but takes care of Google ;)

Having said that I have an Amazon fire Tv en route


NZtechfreak: I have all that stuff set up in the router, no issues there.


You guys are funny. NZtechfreak said "If you were buying now, any reason you guys might select the Fire TV?" and I give a reason. Sure YOU have this setup on router. YOU know how to root a device. How many of the other estimated 30,000 people in New Zealand using Netflix would know how to do it?

Yes, you can use Chromecast to play your YouTube cat videos. If that's all the content you want. But I bet it's not.

My point is that side-by-side, Fire TV is more "consumer friendly" in terms of plug and play some content.





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  # 1076805 30-Jun-2014 07:50
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Gilco2: has anyone tried using a different remote control these.  Either my remote has packed up or the FireTV is faulty as remote wont work.  I can use it with standard usb keyboard fine but sort of defeats the purpose.  I see I can order a new remote from Amazon

I saw that amazon is supposed to be releasing some 'tools' for android/smartphones that would enable remote control via your phone. I guess it would use bluetooth as the fire tv uses bluetooth for the remote. Cant recall where I saw that or a launch date...




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  # 1076808 30-Jun-2014 08:00
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freitasm:
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freitasm: Assuming Google TV will be locked down as Google Chromecast... Just the ability to use a user-defined DNS out of the box makes the Amazon Fire TV a much more compelling experience for users.


Just need to setup a NAT rule on your router to redirect any DNS queries going to 8.8.8.8 to your DNS service. Agree not as easy, but takes care of Google ;)

Having said that I have an Amazon fire Tv en route


NZtechfreak: I have all that stuff set up in the router, no issues there.


You guys are funny. NZtechfreak said "If you were buying now, any reason you guys might select the Fire TV?" and I give a reason. Sure YOU have this setup on router. YOU know how to root a device. How many of the other estimated 30,000 people in New Zealand using Netflix would know how to do it?

Yes, you can use Chromecast to play your YouTube cat videos. If that's all the content you want. But I bet it's not.

My point is that side-by-side, Fire TV is more "consumer friendly" in terms of plug and play some content.



That's quite right. Jo Public is not a software engineer and anything more than shoot and click would be a game set and match fail. It's the usability that makes the Amazon Fire TV a great choice (c8

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