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Old 10-27-14, 09:58 AM
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Amazon Fire TV Stick



Another week, another streaming device. Amazon Prime Members can pick this up for $19 if they order within the next two days:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GDQ0RMG/ref=fs_ftvs

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http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/27/a...fire-tv-stick/

Amazon goes after Roku and Chromecast with $39 Fire TV Stick

Amazon's Fire TV is doing very well for itself, but it's hard to justify that $99 price when a Roku Streaming Stick is $50 and a Chromecast is only $35. That's why the company has whipped out the Amazon Fire TV stick that can be snagged for as little as $19, if you're a Prime customer and move quickly enough. Like its rivals, the stick connects to your TV through the HDMI port, enabling you to watch streaming video from a wide variety of sources like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Hardware-wise, there's 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage, dual-band WiFi and, perhaps surprisingly at this price, a dedicated remote control. Naturally, you can also mirror your smartphone and tablet display, both if you're rocking a Fire phone or tablet or a Miracast-equipped device, and you can use app-based voice search with the hardware. Gaming-wise, the Fire TV controller will work with the device, but considering that the company chose to mention Flappy Birds Family over, say, Amazon-exclusive Sev Zero, it's not clear if Fire TV titles will work on the cheaper device. If you're not a Prime customer, then the device will set you back $39, and you can even get voice search baked into the remote for an additional $30 - but either way, the hardware will begin shipping on November 19th.
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Old 10-27-14, 10:17 AM
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At that price for Prime members, I'm getting it just to stream the HBO shows through Prime Instant Video. Good deal.
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Old 10-27-14, 10:30 AM
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Netflix, Hulu, good Amazon Instant interface, Plex support. Bought 2.
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Old 10-27-14, 10:54 AM
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I doubt it'll replace my Roku on my main TV, but I ordered one for the bedroom. Couldn't resist at that price.
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Old 10-27-14, 11:03 AM
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I generally run stuff through my consoles, but yeah, at that price it's hard to turn down.
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Old 10-27-14, 11:10 AM
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Definitely picking it up at the $20 price. Family keeps turning on the PS3 by accident with the touchy remote and it ends up running all night. We'll use this instead. We only have one TV but am thinking it may be worth picking up two with the thought we may get another TV but we don't have any plans on that so I don't know.
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I'm kind of surprised that they chose to list "HBO GO" when this product doesn't have it. But I guess for $19, not too many people will complain. Still...people should know what it does and does not do.
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Old 10-27-14, 12:19 PM
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I was going to pass. I have enough streaming devices. This stick loses most of the cool features that makes Amazon Fire TV unique. And lacking a Vudu app is a big deal for me.

But then I saw this:

Coming soon—take Fire TV Stick with you to use with HDTVs in hotels, college dorms, airports, or anywhere with captive portal Internet access that requires entering a password or a log-in.
Finally. I don't know why other streaming devices haven't added this feature yet.
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Old 10-27-14, 01:38 PM
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I could be wrong. But it looks like this requires a power adapter instead of drawing power from a USB connection like other sticks.
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Old 10-27-14, 01:43 PM
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I'm kind of surprised that they chose to list "HBO GO" when this product doesn't have it. But I guess for $19, not too many people will complain. Still...people should know what it does and does not do.
HBOGo should eventually come to Fire TV. I've seen some stories saying by the end of this year, but no date set in stone. For $19 for Prime members, this is an easy purchase.
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Old 10-27-14, 05:23 PM
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Disappointed with no HBOGO. Was curious if they would have it and if Comcrap log-ins would work (the biggest negative with the Roku).
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Old 10-27-14, 05:44 PM
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Might be worth grabbing one of these and selling off one of my Fire TVs.
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Old 10-27-14, 05:46 PM
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Grabbed it for the bedroom TV.
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I'm pretty interested for the ability to log on to hotel wifi spots.
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Old 10-27-14, 06:52 PM
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I have 4 AppleTVs but dammit if $19 isn't worth it just to try it out. The on-the-road aspect might make it worthwhile.
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I'm tempted to buy one for my office, but am not sure if I want my co-workers the ability to see and modify my various queues.
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I pre-ordered. It's worth a try for the price.
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Old 10-27-14, 07:44 PM
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Ordered one, and literally minutes later decided to order another, and was denied the second order. Says the quantity must be limited to a new number: 0. Huh.
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Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I could be wrong. But it looks like this requires a power adapter instead of drawing power from a USB connection like other sticks.
Says it a couple of times in the write-up. Sounds like it draws more than 0.5 A standard powered USB ports can supply. Chargers and some ports offer 1 A. Check the USB port rating (for power) on your TV. You might luck out, but they are warning "probably not."

Bought one for upstairs TV. How can you not for $19. Order queue must be filling up, my promised delivery is Dec 17.

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Old 10-27-14, 08:09 PM
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We picked one up for traveling purposes alone. My wife's folks don't have any streaming devices at their house, and this thing will be a lot more convenient than running an HDMI cable to the laptop whenever our toddler wants to watch something.
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Old 10-27-14, 08:15 PM
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I placed my order and was told November 25th, canceled to re-order with a 2nd unit and now it's Nov 26th. Then immediately after my friend ordered and got Dec 1.
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I give them credit for listing the omission of HBO Go. I'm sure it's one of the most popular apps, and their Prime video service is very visibly associated with HBO, so might as well put it out there and save a million calls to CS.

The power thing is kind of annoying because power outlets aren't always within range of the HDMI port. I guess that's the drawback to being "powerful."
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Old 10-27-14, 09:04 PM
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I ordered 2 and it says delivery date is Dec. 16th.
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Old 10-27-14, 10:05 PM
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I picked one up. Nothing can replace the Roku 3, but this will work great for a bedroom device. No Vudu, HBOgo and Warner Archive is a bummer but hopefully they get added.
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I give them credit for listing the omission of HBO Go. I'm sure it's one of the most popular apps, and their Prime video service is very visibly associated with HBO, so might as well put it out there and save a million calls to CS.
That's exactly why I think they listed it, too.

Do people think I should cancel my order of one so I can make a new order of two or will I end up out of luck completely?
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