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Initial post: Nov 27, 2011 3:51:20 AM PST
madmax says:
I have an LG 47" LCD TV that has Wi-fi but limited access to online apps. I read somewhere that there is a a converter box to make it a smart tv and then the Fire would be able to display streaming content to the set. Can anyone guide me on this journey? No tech skills here but want the most out of my Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 4:03:18 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
You could get a Roku and use that to stream video from the Internet, but that wouldn't involve the Kindle Fire. I don't believe you can stream from your Fire to your TV.

Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 5:00:23 AM PST
eaglssong says:
I recently purchased a Roku and it's fantastic. Last night I started to watch a video on my Fire; marched into the bedroom where the TV is, and the video picked right off where I left off on the Fire.

The Roku is worth every penny (I bought a cheaper one than the above link), and there are lots of channels (both free and paid) to choose from, including Amazon, Netflix, Hulu+ etc.

I got rid of my cable and satellite services, and the Roku fills a nice niche for some of the TV programs I can no longer get the old fashioned (cable) way.

:) Anne

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 5:19:44 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
madmax, let me just add to Anne's comment (and my experience is similar to Anne's) that a Roku box is very simple to use. While I'm techie myself, I'm very aware of challenges people sometimes have with using devices.

Assuming you have your wi-fi password available, you can easily have a Roku up and running on your TV in five minutes out of the box. My significant other likes that the remote control only has a few buttons.

In terms off the Fire's involvement in using it, what happens is that Amazon knows where you stopped watching a movie on your Fire. When you use the Roku box and connect to Amazon through it, it can pick up where you stopped on the Fire (I've done this, by the way).

We dropped our premium services after getting the Roku.

By the way, Anne, have you added the Pub-D-Hub channel? It's free, and has public domain video (and some Old Time Radio). If you like older movies and TV and kitschy stuff like old commercials and cautionary films, it's a nice free addition.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 5:31:49 AM PST
Comedy Fan says:
Hi,

I have a quick question about the Roku box, which sounds great. I'm assuming this is something you have to hook up to the HDMI input on the back of your TV, right? I'm asking because my TV has only two HDMI outputs and they're both used now.

Thanks for any info!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 5:37:35 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
HDMI is the best choice, but I think they have other video/audio output options. You can get a HDMI switcher device to share HDMI output - where multiple devices connect to the switcher and it has one output into the TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 5:40:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2011 5:41:01 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Yes, you'll need an available HDMI input for the Roku to provide HD video. You could add a switch such as HDMI 3-In 1-Out HDMI Auto Switch with 1.5 ft. Cable to give you more inputs. (This is an example, not a recommendation. Personally I buy HDMI accessories from Monoprice.com.)

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 5:54:45 AM PST
Comedy Fan says:
Thanks, SeaLevel and R. Clark. I was wondering if something like a switch was available and will definitely give it a try.

Thanks again!

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 6:01:37 AM PST
Tinker-bella says:
I also have to give props to the Monoprice HDMI switch. I actually have the 4-n-1 as I have a DVR, Roku, Blu-ray connected and like to keep an empty HDMI in case I wish to connect my laptop. Monoprice has excellent quality products at incredible prices.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 6:16:51 AM PST
eaglssong says:
Thanks Bufo Calvin. I'll definitely check out that channel.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 7:00:51 AM PST
Sarida says:
We got rid of our satellite last year and signed up for Netflix. We stream through our Wii on a side port of our television. Our DVD/VCR combo recorder is HD so we stream it through the HDMI cable. The Wii doesn't support Flash, so if we want to watch something online, we hook up the laptop via the HDMI port.

Works great! Don't miss satellite and $75 a month payments a bit!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 7:32:55 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Right, Tink, that's actually the same switch I have. My AVR only has three HDMI inputs, and we now have 1) BD Player, 2) HD-DVD-Player, 3) TiVo HD, 4) PS3, 5) Comcast box, 6) Roku, so the switch is now full.

Ridiculous, isn't it?

We also use a MonoPrice HDMI splitter and 50-foot cable to run a slave signal to an HDTV in the kitchen. Brute force, but for $75 total it was actually the cheapest solution.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 12:22:45 PM PST
madmax says:
Thanks everyone for your input and advice! I have already ordered my Roku and am eager to get started. Feeling much more informed that when I got up this morning.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 12:25:01 PM PST
eaglssong says:
madmax, you're going to love the Roku. And take it from a very non techie type of person, the setup is very easy. Please let us know what you think when you have yours and get it set up, okay?

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 12:33:56 PM PST
Comedy Fan says:
madmax -

I second your thanks to everyone for the info in this thread. I also feel a lot more informed and eager to go for a Roku.

Thanks again to all.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 12:37:46 PM PST
M Lewis says:
We use the Wii as a backup for Netflix and I built a small, cheap media center PC to permanently be connected to the TV. We use that for Netflix, Hulu(the free one, not the Plus ripoff), Pandora, Youtube, Spotify, and Amazon. We can also use a media center remote.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 10:01:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2011 10:01:57 AM PST
Luis Cruz says:
I have a question. Can u see local channels thru the Roku??

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 10:02:05 AM PST
 nospin  says:
No.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 4:59:15 PM PST
Can I use my Sony DVD player to stream Amazon Prime?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 5:03:42 PM PST
 Ann says:
If your Sony DVD player is connected to the internet, and if it supports streaming.
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