If you are tired of TV you must watch TED. It is new, exciting, and different from anything you have ever watched. Your mind will be blown away and your heart will skip a beat. On Amazon you can chose the topics you like or click just watch anything and get to some eye openers you would never think to watch. I am a senior citizen and find this information and technology fascinating and makes me wish I could experience the plans and activities these people are crafting for our children and grand children's future. Don't watch it at your risk.
While I love the content, the app which I downloaded to my Amazon FireStick today just doesn't work. I've seen other reviewers describing the same problem: When I select a talk to watch, it plays for 1 second and then an error says something like "this video has been paused due to a network error". Then I click ok, and click play, and the video starts. But the red circling hourglass indicator remains on screen as I watch and will not go away. Soon the error occurs again, and again I press play and again the hourglass stays on as I watch the program. My bandwidth is variable, but it isn't low. When I test it, I always find my test app sees 10 Mbps on the first run, 20 Mbps on the second, 24 Mbps on the run after that, and about 34 Mbps on a fourth test. So my impression is that my phone company (AT&T) always gives up to 10 Mbps a new stream, and then bumps it up if the demand continues. Also if I try streaming HD video on another devices or if I don't, it makes no difference in the TED app errors, and the video on the other devices works perfectly regardless of whether the TED app is running. So I conclude the app isn't able to handle changes in throughput, even though all my other devices and apps (with one app exception) work fine. I suppose it's also possible that AT&T is using software to sabotage the app, but that seems extremely unlikely in my opinion. So fix this app!
Do you know someone that seems to know something about everything? You know, someone always able to provide an interesting slant on the moral issues surrounding new technologies and the old problems they're solving. The first person to know about things beyond the cutting edge, who shares with you what Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, or President Clinton think about issues facing the world. I can tell you something about that person: They know TED. TED is my daily moment of Zen; it's salt for the world, adding flavor to everything it touches; it's conference around the world discussing local issues that have, or will have, global influence; it represents the modern view of knowledge, that only by sharing and collaborating can we achieve the impossible, know the unknowable, where we can, as Aaron Sorkin wrote, look into the face of God. Lofty words. That is the TED spirit. Brilliant, talented, funny people that are experts, or often creators, in their field. You can watch Sergey Brin demonstrate Google Glass, Sir Ken Robinson telling you about how to save your child from schools (I'm a teacher, so no complaints), listen to Stephen Dubner prove working at McDonald's pays better than dealing drugs, or Mike Rowe sharing how important, and thankless, are Dirty Jobs. Musicians, artists, doctors, lawyers, politicians, authors, scientists... The list goes on and on. The topics cover, well, everything. I can't even begin to list the subjects that come readily to mind, just listing my favorites would take a page or two. Someone once said ignorance was bliss; today ignorance is criminal. Issues are facing the world that will affect humanity; some good, some bad, but all coming. Many of these issues require citizen involvement, which requires citizens to be familiar with the issues involved, which means, I suppose, if you want to be a good citizen of the world you must watch TED. I promise this: If you watch at least three episodes, they have a YouTube channel also, and you don't find yourself looking for more that interest you, then I will work hard to get a full refund for you (they're free). So what have you got to lose except some ignorance (remember, ignorance means you just don't know; if you've had the chance to learn something and you didn't, that's stupid).
I subscribed, and watch a new video every day. Most are great. In all the time I've watched I have only bailed on maybe 4 of 'em. Serious brain food. Widely varying topics, playlists, speakers... 99.99% great!
I love watching TED. I used to watch it on Netflix, but I watched them all and Netflix is slow to update their list. So I began to watch it on Youtube and playback was flawless, but the user interface for YT on the Fire TV Stick is not comprehensive enough that you can't read the descriptions. Now for the TED app on Fire TV Stick: nice interface, nice playlists, horrible playback. At best, streaming stutters (freezes and plays), at worst it stops playing or locks up all together. I would have to relaunch TED app to continue watching the talks. It is aggravating not being able to watch TED talk from beginning to end without the stopping. Oh and I forgot to say that once it freezes and continues playing, the spinning circle on the middle of the screen doesn't go away. GRRRR. It is necessary to stop playback and resume (sometimes that works) but at other times I have to quit the app and relaunch. Before you say, "your problem is your poor bandwidth", I say that condition might be true but after trying to watch TED on the TED app, I can follow that by play several TED talks in a row on YT with no problem. I think the TED app doesn't handle fluctuating bandwidth gracefully and the developers were too quick to publish the app. The TED app needs improving.
We enjoy watching random TED. The topics are focused and most often offer insight, knowledge and conversation. The average length seems around 20 minutes, they are commercial free and thanks to Amazon, they readily accessible anytime without the headaches other online sources sneak in.