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  #2299201 14-Aug-2019 13:49
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steve98:
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Interesting, was advised those static routes were necessary by one of the guys at dns4me, though I had the dns4me DNSes set on the stick not the router.


Any US service in particular? Or all?

 

Not actually sure. I was only interested in NF US so didn't check any of the others.





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  #2299267 14-Aug-2019 14:51
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rb99:

 

steve98:
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Interesting, was advised those static routes were necessary by one of the guys at dns4me, though I had the dns4me DNSes set on the stick not the router.


Any US service in particular? Or all?

 

Not actually sure. I was only interested in NF US so didn't check any of the others.

 

 

Ah, OK. I don't use US Netflix - the extra titles they have never seem worth the hit on performance to me.


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  #2301609 19-Aug-2019 11:38
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Other than ugreen, are there any (preferably cost effectively sourced in NZ) USB to Ethernet Adapters that work with the Fire Stick (latest generation)?

 

 




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  #2313884 10-Sep-2019 05:20
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Any advantage/disadvantage of buying one of these in the US, or does it rely on your account settings ?

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  #2313976 10-Sep-2019 09:03
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Brunzy: Any advantage/disadvantage of buying one of these in the US, or does it rely on your account settings ?

 

Buying them from the US as opposed to Europe/UK/Australia? The ones bought here (eg off TM) probably also originate from the US anyway.

 

All the Fire TVs I've had have been the US model, and there's no issue to that. Yes, sometimes it's necessary to swap countries in your Amazon account's settings to allow you to download particular apps. I think I needed to do this to download BBC etc (though an alternative may be to sideload the APKs?).

 

One thing to note is that, ironically, you can't use an NZ Amazon Prime account (the VOD service) on an Amazon Fire TV, though a US account is ok.


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  #2314624 11-Sep-2019 02:04
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Thanks,
Mentioned as I’m in the US atm



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  #2326734 29-Sep-2019 14:58
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Is it possible to install Google Play Movies on an Amazon Fire TV?

I’ve come across many instructions on installing the Google Play Store on the device, but can’t see anything which suggests the Movies app will work.

If feasible, is it just a matter of installing the four apks needed to get the play store working, then using that to download and install Google Movies?

I would like some way of watching on our relatively old plasma, and preferably with DD sound, which I assume would be missing if we airplayed from an iPad to the Apple TV.

Thanks for any advice.

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  #2326754 29-Sep-2019 16:02
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If you buy or rent movies on google Play movies (e.g. via phone or PC) you can watch them on the Fire TV’s YouTube app, under purchases in the menu. Indeed this is the case for all devices that access YouTube via official apps or PC browsers. We’ve done it several times.

If I recall correctly, it were just on rooted Fire TVs that people were able to install Google Play Services. Last I looked it had been years since a version of Fire OS has been rooted.

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  #2326755 29-Sep-2019 16:11
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They are good devices, I’ve had the 1st gen Fire TV box since December 2014. I have no complaints apart from a lack of NZ apps and chromecast ability. Matt Huisman has a good work around for most of those through his Kodi addons.

Also, the Fire TV doesn’t have an app for Disney+. I did read a rumour that Disney and Amazon were in negotiations though.

In saying that , I’ve just ordered an Android TV box, the Xiaomi Mi Box S. So I can have the Kayo Sports app, NZ Amazon Prime and Disney+ from day one.

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  #2326793 29-Sep-2019 17:33
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Kiwifruta: If you buy or rent movies on google Play movies (e.g. via phone or PC) you can watch them on the Fire TV’s YouTube app, under purchases in the menu. Indeed this is the case for all devices that access YouTube via official apps or PC browsers. We’ve done it several times.

If I recall correctly, it were just on rooted Fire TVs that people were able to install Google Play Services. Last I looked it had been years since a version of Fire OS has been rooted.

 

Thanks for this; I wasn't aware of being able to view Google Movies via YouTube. It'll be interesting to see whether the audio is limited to 2.0, as per standard YouTube, or whether it supports the Google Play original audio. Will give it a go!

 

I see a number of sites push installing Aptoide on an Amazon Fire as an alternative to Google Play, but still unsure if the Movies app could be installed that way. Not an issue if the audio's decent via YouTube, but may investigate if it's not.

 

I guess I could also pick up a Chromecast and stream to TV via that (as I understand that should support DD discrete audio?), but I can't see the point of buying one now as we'll be replacing the TV in Apr-May next year, and that'll have Google Movies on it.


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  #2326797 29-Sep-2019 17:48
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I don’t know about the number of sound channels, we just run stereo to our two speakers.

I’ve tried aptoide and similar, mostly low quality apps. Uninstalled those on the same day. The chromecast is a great device (we have one also) and is much better suited to NZ streaming services.

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  #2327072 30-Sep-2019 12:07
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Brunzy: Any advantage/disadvantage of buying one of these in the US, or does it rely on your account settings ?

 

Buying them from the US as opposed to Europe/UK/Australia? The ones bought here (eg off TM) probably also originate from the US anyway.

 

All the Fire TVs I've had have been the US model, and there's no issue to that. Yes, sometimes it's necessary to swap countries in your Amazon account's settings to allow you to download particular apps. I think I needed to do this to download BBC etc (though an alternative may be to sideload the APKs?).

 

One thing to note is that, ironically, you can't use an NZ Amazon Prime account (the VOD service) on an Amazon Fire TV, though a US account is ok.

 

 

 

 

I have just got a free Amazon Prime Video subscription after signing up with 2 Degrees, I can't get it to work on my Fire TV though. Is that the issue you are referring to?

 


Cheers

 

Matt.


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  #2327090 30-Sep-2019 12:58
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Hi @Mattmannz - yes, that's the same issue.

 

The problem you're having is the same one I faced about four months ago when also switching to 2Degrees with the free Amazon Prime for a year - based on the advice I received here (probably a few pages back in this same thread) there's no solution to that one, I'm sorry - people with a US-based sub can use the Prime app on their Amazon Fire TV, but not those with an NZ-based sub.

 

We watch it on one TV using the built-in app (it's on LG smart TVs at least, if not other brands as well), and on the other TV using the Apple TV app.


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  #2327091 30-Sep-2019 13:00
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A US fire tv is confirmed not working with non-US prime video account.   

 

Two ways to get around it:

 

1. Use a DNS redirector (I use Getflix).

 

2. Use the prime video app on your phone to cast to your fire tv.


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