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GatorDeb 04-03-14 01:59 AM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 


:lol:


Screw it how do you YouTube links?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHoNQrxG_8M

TheBigDave 04-03-14 07:24 AM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 
Here's a list of confirmed games:

Minecraft Pocket Edition
The Walking Dead Season 1
The Game of Life
Asphalt 8
Riptide GP2
SEV Zero
Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Save the Puppies
Ninja Hero Cats
Deer Hunter 2014
Hill Climb Racing
Naught 2
Bingo Blitz
Reaper
Stickman Downhill
Big Win Slots
Terraria
Into the Dead
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2
Sonic CD
Sonic the Hedgehog 5
Rabbids Big Bang
Gravity Gun
Buddy & Me
Polar Bowler
Zen Pinball HD
Endless Skater
Dead Trigger 2
Plex
NBA 2K14
Monsters University
Crazy Taxi
Rayman Fiesta Run
AirFighters Pro
Dead System
Radiant
Quiet, Please!
Fist of Awesome
Electronic Super Joy
Ascent of Kings
Double Dragon Trilogy
Tetris
A Ride on the Mountain
Bomb Squad

FULL ARTICLE - http://www.ign.com/wikis/amazon-fire...Amazon_Fire_TV

TheBigDave 04-03-14 07:25 AM

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Here's the confirmed list of entertainment apps available at launch:

Netflix
Amazon Instant Video
Hulu Plus
Watch ESPN
Showtime
Pandora
IHeart Radio
Huffington Post
Vevo
Vimeo
Crackle
Bloomberg
TuneIn
NBA
Redbull TV
Plex
Daily Burn
Now This News
AOL On
Flixster
Quello Concerts
Frequency
TastyTrade
Youtube
Revision3
Magisto TV

http://www.ign.com/wikis/amazon-fire...re_TV_Software

TheBigDave 04-03-14 07:38 AM

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TechCrunch did a good unboxing/hands-on video. The menu looks really fast and responsive.

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/B2xLf2qT74U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

otmetrud 04-03-14 09:29 AM

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Voice search and the ASAP feature are two big selling points for me. But it won't be replacing Roku in my den until the roster of apps is beefed up (MLB.TV, Spotify immediately come to mind).

dvd-4-life 04-03-14 10:33 AM

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Will this work with wired internet?

Trevor 04-03-14 10:51 AM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 

Originally Posted by dvd-4-life (Post 12066468)
Will this work with wired internet?

Yes.

davidh777 04-03-14 11:11 AM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 

Originally Posted by GatorDeb (Post 12066235)


:lol:


Screw it how do you YouTube links?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHoNQrxG_8M

Share > Embed

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sracer 04-03-14 11:47 AM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 
For the Amazon faithful, this is big news. For everyone else, eh. :shrug:

I'm quite pleased with the Roku 3.

The only way I'd consider one is if the difference between the Fire TV and the Roku 3 is as great as the difference between the Roku 3 and the Apple TV.

Navinabob 04-03-14 03:44 PM

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Sort of a newb at streaming as I just cut the cord a few days ago, but would this handle the new WWE or UFC streaming services? So far all I got going is Netflix, Chromecast, and a Ipad. This looks tempting if its a step up.

Shannon Nutt 04-03-14 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Navinabob (Post 12066816)
Sort of a newb at streaming as I just cut the cord a few days ago, but would this handle the new WWE or UFC streaming services? So far all I got going is Netflix, Chromecast, and a Ipad. This looks tempting if its a step up.

The WWE app is on their website promo, but it doesn't look like they have it at launch. Hopefully, they'll be more like Roku (adding apps every month) than some of the others that take forever to add new apps.

I'm anxious to see if there will be a way to add 'hidden' channels like there is for Roku, or if Amazon is going to micromanage it like Apple does.

TheBigDave 04-03-14 04:52 PM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 
Here's the Amazon Fire TV: Apps & Games Store

So far there's 176 apps and games.

http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=7031433011

TheBigDave 04-03-14 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt (Post 12066895)
The WWE app is on their website promo, but it doesn't look like they have it at launch. Hopefully, they'll be more like Roku (adding apps every month) than some of the others that take forever to add new apps.


It looks like MLB.TV is also missing. Both MLB and WWE were including in graphics used during the press conference. So I assume they're coming soon.

http://images.scribblelive.com/2014/...399ea5450f.jpg

kahuna 04-03-14 09:02 PM

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I'm curious if this will play mkv, avi, mp4 files from a external hd through the usb port. If it does like on my old WD TV Live unit I would buy one.

Supermallet 04-03-14 11:14 PM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 
This seems nice for people who don't have a streaming device, don't have a proper game console, and do have a Fire tablet. However, for anyone who has a Roku, Chromecast, or Apple TV, or anyone who has a MS/Sony gaming system newer than the original Xbox or PS2, there's nothing compelling here.

The bump in specs over the other streaming devices look good on paper but really are only there to support the games, and I have no interest in Android games on my TV.

TheBigDave 04-04-14 07:10 AM

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Review: Fire TV device great, but not fully ready

Amazon's new Fire TV streaming device shows a lot of potential in bringing together the best features from competing devices and adding voice search on top of that.

But for now, it's largely promise: Many of the best features work with only a handful of video services, which makes Fire TV primarily a showcase for Amazon's video offerings.

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Many features aren't ready yet, and the ones that are don't work yet with every service.

Fire TV is a good investment if you use a lot of Amazon content, but you'll need patience for features to arrive or get better.

READ THE FULL REVIEW - http://news.yahoo.com/review-fire-tv...184535092.html

TheBigDave 04-04-14 07:44 AM

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Originally Posted by kahuna (Post 12067124)
I'm curious if this will play mkv, avi, mp4 files from a external hd through the usb port. If it does like on my old WD TV Live unit I would buy one.

I'm hoping someone figures out a way to load XBMC. This thing's got decent hardware. It could become a nice box for local streaming. There's already a big thread in the XBMC Forum.

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=191109

Shannon Nutt 04-04-14 08:33 AM

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Originally Posted by TheBigDave (Post 12066908)
It looks like MLB.TV is also missing. Both MLB and WWE were including in graphics used during the press conference. So I assume they're coming soon.

http://images.scribblelive.com/2014/...399ea5450f.jpg

Yeah, those are probably both post-launch additions...although you'd think they'd want to get MLB added as quickly as possible. Then again, I'd rather them develop a nice app for it, than the horrible one XBox One and PS4 users got this year. :)

Shannon Nutt 04-04-14 08:40 AM

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Given the review that TheBigDave linked to, people are going to be upset that you can't use voice command on the Netflix app.

I never understand why companies release these products if they're not ready for prime time yet. It's not even a situation like XBox One versus PS4, where you want to hit the same release window as a competitor. Sounds like Amazon jumped the gun on this release about six months early. They could have waited and worked out glitches/added more content.

Mr. Cinema 04-04-14 08:43 AM

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I powered mine up last night and it immediately downloaded new firmware. The voice command worked well the few times I tried it and the videos load instantly. There doesn't appear to be a way to power the system off manually. But mine did power off during the night. The device itself is really tiny, smaller than I was expecting.

TheBigDave 04-04-14 10:18 AM

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If anyone's interested in seeing what's inside, iFixit took one apart.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Amazo...Teardown/23856

http://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net...hMOgFDZ.medium

http://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net...DgruVnj.medium

Tracer Bullet 04-04-14 10:32 AM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 
I guess this kills any chance of getting an updated Amazon app for TiVo. I just got a Roamio because I canceled cable and wanted a way to record OTA TV. The integrated search on the TiVo is really nice, but the Amazon app hasn't been updated in years, and it doesn't have Instant. Which doesn't matter that much, since I barely use it and won't be renewing my Prime membership, but still.

TheBigDave 04-04-14 10:55 AM

re: Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices
 
Gizmodo has a good review. Seems like they were a unimpressed. They praised the voice search and the quad core speed. But that's about it.


Should You Buy It?

Let's make one thing perfectly clear: if you pay $100 for Amazon Fire TV, you are essentially paying for the speed, voice search, and games (especially the games). If that's what you want, then fine, sure, go for it. But be sure you know what you're getting.

Fire TV will sell well—it's already number one in the Amazon store. But as far as making something that's worth the money, I can't help but wish Amazon had opted for a little bit slower chipset, left out the gaming, and hit that $50 sweet spot. Yes, Fire TV is incredibly cost competitive with Apple TV right now. But that's not the prize it should have its eye on. And ceding the budget field to Chromecast and Roku doesn't feel particularly Amazonian.

Has Fire TV done anything to change the streaming status quo? Less than we might have hoped. If you're full-in on Amazon already, Fire TV does for your stuff what Apple TV does for the OS X and iOS faithful, with a decent gaming experience thrown in as a bonus. But with limited search, no HBO Go, and a price tag that twice as much (or more) as very appealing options, Fire TV doesn't have quite enough spark.

READ THE FULL REVIEW - http://gizmodo.com/amazon-fire-tv-re...ou-1557714336/

OldDude 04-04-14 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by TheBigDave (Post 12067634)
Gizmodo has a good review. Seems like they were a unimpressed. They praised the voice search and the quad core speed. But that's about it.

This will be a split vote. To people with newer AVRs, it won't matter. For people with legacy AVR (no HDMI or can't handle DD+), transcoding Netflix DD+ to legacy optical DD5.1 is a compelling point and one where Roku falls well short.

I have Roku 2 XS on my main TV and was considering a stick for upstairs TV. Now I am considering Fire for my main TV and the Roku gets sent upstairs. Not a huge rush, I can wait for a few more reviews, maybe a few more channels. The price difference is small compared to buying a new AVR. How awesome is DD+ really vs a transcode?

Alan Smithee 04-04-14 06:31 PM

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The sound on my receiver is up to date, but it doesn't have ARC so I have to use the optical output from my TV to get sound out of it, and Dolby Digital Plus has 'chirping' during any high notes when transcoded down to standard Dolby Digital. I've complained about it to Sharp, but they don't have any real technical people reading their mail so they haven't been any help. Was going to get a Roku for Netflix til I found out on those they break into the end credits of movies, which is totally unacceptable.


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