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Topic # 154431 28-Oct-2014 09:24
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Just announced: Amazon Fire TV stick. Like other streaming stick devices, the Amazon Fire TV stick plugs into a HDMI port. It comes with a remote control. Interface similar to Amazon Fire TV but on an even smaller and cheaper package.



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Fire TV Stick delivers instant access to a vast selection of content, including the most popular video and music services such as Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Twitch, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, Plex, A&E, PBS, PBS KIDS, WATCH Disney Channel, YouTube.com, and more. The number of video services and games available on Amazon Fire TV has tripled in just seven months, with more services and games being added every week. You can also rent or purchase over 200,000 movies and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video, which has the world’s largest selection of videos to rent or buy, including new releases and blockbusters.

 

Amazon Fire TV Stick features:

 

  • The most powerful streaming media stick—Dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB storage for fast and fluid navigation and instant search results. Fire TV Stick has 50% more processing power and 2x the memory of Chromecast; it has 6x the processing power, 2x the memory, and 32x the storage of Roku Streaming Stick—this results in faster and more fluid navigation, plus more storage for apps and games. It delivers stunning 1080p HD video and immersive audio with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. All of this power comes in an incredibly small package—Fire TV Stick is the size of a pack of gum.
  • Simple to set-up and easy to use—Arrives pre-registered so you can simply plug it in and start streaming in minutes. Features the same fast and fluid user interface as Amazon Fire TV, with big, beautiful images and easy-to-discover content.
  • Includes a remote control—Customers have told us they want to use a remote control, not just their phones, to watch TV. Now, everyone in the household can watch movies and TV shows without borrowing your phone—use the included remote to easily navigate and discover movies, TV shows, apps, and games.
  • Free Fire TV Remote App (with Voice Search)—If you prefer to navigate using your phone as a remote control, the Fire TV Remote App for Fire phone, Android phones, and coming soon to iPhone, lets you navigate and manage playback from your phone. The app also features voice search that actually works—it is powered by the same voice search engine as Amazon Fire TV, enabling you to simply speak the name of a movie, TV show, actor, director, or genre into your phone, and you’re done.
  • Fast, reliable streaming—Fire TV Stick features dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with MIMO for fast and reliable streaming. Chromecast only has single-band, single-antenna Wi-Fi.
  • Instant streaming with ASAP—No more waiting for your movies and TV shows to buffer—ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) predicts which movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and buffers them for playback before you even hit play so videos start instantly.
  • Fling movies and TV shows from your phone or tablet—Fling movies and TV shows from your Fire tablet or Fire phone to Fire TV Stick, turning your TV into the primary screen and freeing up your phone or tablet to provide playback controls, a customized display for X-Ray, or simply a place to email, browse the web, and more, while you watch a movie. Fire TV Stick supports standards like DIAL so you can also fling services like YouTube, Spotify, and coming soon, Netflix, from your Android phone or iPhone.
  • Mirror your phone or tablet display—Wirelessly mirror your tablet display to your Fire TV Stick from Fire tablets, Fire phone, and Miracast-enabled phones or tablets including devices from Motorola, Samsung, LG, and Google without any additional apps or software.
  • X-Ray for movies and TV shows—Using Second Screen on your Fire tablet or Fire phone, you can see X-Ray information as your movie or TV show plays on your TV via Fire TV Stick. See information about cast and crew, the names of songs as they play, as well as a list of music in the movie or TV show, trivia items in context with the action on the screen, and character backstories so you can easily remind yourself of the character’s history. X-Ray is exclusive to Amazon and is powered by IMDb.
  • X-Ray for music—Lyrics display and scroll line-by-line automatically as the song plays, so you can follow along with songs.
  • Great for casual gaming—Play your favorite casual games like Monsters University, Ski Safari, and Flappy Birds Family.
  • Personal photos and videos—Play slide shows and choose your favorite album for the screen-saver on Fire TV Stick. Photos or videos you take on your phone or tablet can be automatically uploaded to Amazon Cloud Drive, so they appear on your Fire TV Stick.




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  Reply # 1163325 28-Oct-2014 09:46
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Ooh, I wonder if DNS an be changed on the device for use with smart DNS services here.

The FireTV is pretty good value IMO, but if you can set your own DNS on this it could be a winner.

$19 US if you have Amazon Prime.

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  Reply # 1164325 29-Oct-2014 14:07
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$19 US if you have Amazon Prime.


I tried to order one, but it doesn't want to sell it to me for $19. :(

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  Reply # 1164331 29-Oct-2014 14:16
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trig42: Ooh, I wonder if DNS an be changed on the device for use with smart DNS services here.

The FireTV is pretty good value IMO, but if you can set your own DNS on this it could be a winner.

$19 US if you have Amazon Prime.


DNS doesn't bother me as I can work around that easily enough, but support for 1080P24 would see me buying one. That's the major limitation of the Roku.

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  Reply # 1164333 29-Oct-2014 14:18
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Not really interested in another WiFi based product.  Want devices with LAN ports..




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  Reply # 1164348 29-Oct-2014 14:35
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old3eyes: Not really interested in another WiFi based product.  Want devices with LAN ports..


Well then Fire TV is for you!


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  Reply # 1164354 29-Oct-2014 14:42
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old3eyes: Not really interested in another WiFi based product.  Want devices with LAN ports..


might as well you go and live in cave :-P





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  Reply # 1164357 29-Oct-2014 14:43
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Got one for $19 but it only delivers to a US address, hello youshop.

Edit: Yeah I have prime.

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  Reply # 1164427 29-Oct-2014 15:37
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Ah! The discount is applied later! Got it!

Now this is scary: "1 item - delivery estimate: January 9, 2015"
Did you guys do any better?

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  Reply # 1164430 29-Oct-2014 15:39
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Davout: Ah! The discount is applied later! Got it!

Now this is scary: "1 item - delivery estimate: January 9, 2015"
Did you guys do any better?


Same, but then it says delivery before Xmas on the front page so who knows. 

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  Reply # 1164444 29-Oct-2014 16:00
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Have they added netflix etc to the universal search yet? Sounded like a huge disadvantage for the Fire TV above Roku last I checked.

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  Reply # 1164466 29-Oct-2014 16:37
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nakedmolerat:
old3eyes: Not really interested in another WiFi based product.  Want devices with LAN ports..


might as well you go and live in cave :-P


I already have enough stuff running WiFi in my cave.    Will go with LAN any day..




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  Reply # 1164492 29-Oct-2014 16:58
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SirHumphreyAppleby:
trig42: Ooh, I wonder if DNS an be changed on the device for use with smart DNS services here.

The FireTV is pretty good value IMO, but if you can set your own DNS on this it could be a winner.

$19 US if you have Amazon Prime.


DNS doesn't bother me as I can work around that easily enough, but support for 1080P24 would see me buying one. That's the major limitation of the Roku.


24 doesnt bother me as 60 can carry that fine with the display doing the 3:2 removal before applying motion plus - it works prettymuch fine on all the displays I have used.

What does annoy me with all these solutions is either the lack of 50Hz output, or when supported its something that has to be manually changed in a deep settings menu with multiple confirmations before it is applied. 50Hz content on a 60Hz output is unwatchable IMO, but all these US developers just think that is how its always going to look because they cant view 50Hz on their TV's so its always been that bad on UK sourced stuff.




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  Reply # 1164516 29-Oct-2014 17:31
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Davout: Ah! The discount is applied later! Got it!

Now this is scary: "1 item - delivery estimate: January 9, 2015"
Did you guys do any better?


Mine has an estimated delivery of December 9

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  Reply # 1165468 31-Oct-2014 08:23
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Does anyone know if you will be able to side load apps like XMBC etc?

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  Reply # 1165898 31-Oct-2014 13:52
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At $19 I ordered a couple when I first saw them.

Unfortunately it will probably cost more than that to youshop them here.




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