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  # 1917410 12-Dec-2017 13:36
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Hey Guys, 

 

Looking for a bit of advice, I've bought 2 amazon fire TV sticks (the alexa remote ones) to give to my parents/inlaws for christmas so they can watch NZ netflix (chromecast too hard with phone remote).

 

Since i'm going to have to support the devices should I add them to my amazon account or create separate amazon accounts for them?

 

They will use my netflix account but my amazon account has  a couple of echos and home automation stuff so I don't want them to have access to that.

 

What the best way to set this up?

 

 


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  # 1917416 12-Dec-2017 13:43
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Thanks for that, out of curiosity, does the alexa remote handle the smart home commands?

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1917851 13-Dec-2017 09:20
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FletchNZ:

 

Thanks for that, out of curiosity, does the alexa remote handle the smart home commands?

 

 

No but you can connect their account to IFTTT and say "Alexa trigger" plus a command and have that command do something (assuming the smart home can be connected to IFTTT as well). I used this with Philips Hue lights.





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  # 1920216 15-Dec-2017 13:46
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anyway to add local channels to it? So you wont have to keep switching to different HDMI ports to get back to tv


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  # 1920278 15-Dec-2017 16:11
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kendo:

 

anyway to add local channels to it? So you wont have to keep switching to different HDMI ports to get back to tv

 

 

Kodi.





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  # 1923171 21-Dec-2017 13:41
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Amazon has now released both the Silk Browser and the Firefox 1.0 for its Amazon Fire TV.

 

"Starting today, all Amazon Fire TV customers will be able to browse the web on their TV. With Fire TV, customers already have access to more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes, and tens of thousands of apps, channels and Alexa skills. Now with the Firefox and Silk browsers, customers can access the World Wide Web including popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Reddit, as well as local and international news sites, video sharing services, cloud photo sites, and other social news, sports, and entertainment content."





 
 
 
 


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  # 1923180 21-Dec-2017 14:08
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Is this so you can run YouTube after 1/1/18?
I have smart YouTube 4k loaded through Aptoide tv and it will work after the block.

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  # 1923332 21-Dec-2017 19:20
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freitasm:

 

Amazon has now released both the Silk Browser and the Firefox 1.0 for its Amazon Fire TV.

 

"Starting today, all Amazon Fire TV customers will be able to browse the web on their TV. With Fire TV, customers already have access to more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes, and tens of thousands of apps, channels and Alexa skills. Now with the Firefox and Silk browsers, customers can access the World Wide Web including popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Reddit, as well as local and international news sites, video sharing services, cloud photo sites, and other social news, sports, and entertainment content."

 

 

 

 

Just a dumb question here, does this mean i will be able to watch for instance Choice TV OnDemand offerings via the new browser?





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  # 1923421 21-Dec-2017 21:31
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I would recommend puffin tv as a browser. Easily adds tvnz on demand services and has a mouse too

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  # 1924236 23-Dec-2017 19:11
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Which apps work well for you on fire TV? Any nz apps?

UK ones:
Itv
All4
iPlayer

German
Tattoo

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Any NZ or OZ ones?

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  # 1931679 7-Jan-2018 12:56
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Up till now i had been using a phone to cast to a Chromecast for YT but yesterday I tried out using the Silk browser on the 4K Firestick. That's not a bad experience. 

 

I guess my main issues with the Firestick are its remote which is proprietary so you need to get use one around together with a universal Harmony I also use. And given the size of the Firestick remote, it's easily lost :-(

 

I also installed the Plex client to see how that would compare with my current Plex client, a Pi3. It seems to work okay until I noticed that my AVR was showing DD+ audio for a DTS track. Some googling revealed the Firestick cannot pass DTS audio through so asks the Plex server to transcode to DD+.  So that's not going to work so back to my Pi client which can pass through DTS to the AVR.





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  # 1931754 7-Jan-2018 15:37
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lchiu7: I guess my main issues with the Firestick are its remote which is proprietary so you need to get use one around together with a universal Harmony I also use. And given the size of the Firestick remote, it's easily lost :-(

 

I've found that because the AFTV Stick is plugged into an HDMI port my TV's remote works it just fine. TV is an old (2011 model) Sony KDL-46EX720.


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  # 1931790 7-Jan-2018 17:27
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Dratsab:

 

lchiu7: I guess my main issues with the Firestick are its remote which is proprietary so you need to get use one around together with a universal Harmony I also use. And given the size of the Firestick remote, it's easily lost :-(

 

I've found that because the AFTV Stick is plugged into an HDMI port my TV's remote works it just fine. TV is an old (2011 model) Sony KDL-46EX720.

 

 

 

 

That's CEC I guess? My situation is my Firestick is plugged into an HDMI switch and then into an AVR so I can get 5.1 DD+audio from it over my home theatre system. That seems to strip out the CEC commands.





Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/32019730  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount

 

System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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