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Amazon Unveils Video-Streaming Device FireTV

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Initial post: Apr 2, 2014, 8:55:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2014, 9:29:09 AM PDT
Paxton says:
Here was an article in the WSJ today, talking about Amazon's new competitor to Chromecast and other set-top boxes like Roku and AppleTV. This is available for purchase today from the Amazon home screen.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 9:36:56 AM PDT
David says:
No HBO Go, no deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 9:42:25 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
I deal.....I already have a Vizio smart tv that streams NetFLix AND Amazon Instant Video, as well as a Roku Box AND a Chromecast on a tv in another room.....What do i need this for?

A little late to the game Amazon......try sweetening the deal with HBO and more Prime Instant Video offferings and i might bite....

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 10:26:16 AM PDT
S.D. says:
Would I need something like this if I already have my kindle Fire hd that hooks to the tv. Is it faster? Im just thinking that its not necessary if I already have a device that does that? thanks

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 10:27:22 AM PDT
Does Chromecast have HBO Go?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 10:32:32 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
(cut and paste your question in Google)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 10:34:10 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
The New Fire HDX does not have an HDMI port....I think if you have the original Fire it if you do, probably not necessary.....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 10:35:09 AM PDT
S.D. says:
Thanks for the response, I agree. I have the Kindle fire hd 8.9, I dont have the HDX. So I will just continue to use that, thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 10:50:59 AM PDT
You might want something like this if you want to use your Fire for web surfing while watching TV.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 10:58:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2014, 11:14:33 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Random thoughts:

Amazon must think there's a market for yet another streaming box, and they may be right if only because there's probably a market for one that says "Amazon" on it. Gamers and families may be attracted to the gaming features (of no interest to me).

Personally, it offers nothing that I want or need that my Rokus don't already have. The tech specs are decent, and in some systems the optical audio output would be a boon, but in my setup I really need a secondary analog output (to supply Zone 2 on my receiver), which the FireTV (and Roku3) lack. And in their comparison with other boxes, Amazon fails to mention what I consider Roku's "killer feature" -- the headphone port on the remote. Genius, that -- and not available on the FireTV.

Comcast blocks HBOGo from the Roku, and I bet they would block it from the FireTV as well.

It seems about $20 too expensive for a self-branded product. I spent less for my Roku 3.

And finally, there's yet another weird product-naming choice from Amazon. A Kindle can be a reader or a tablet. Now a Fire can be a tablet or a streaming box.

ETA: I didn't notice that the FireTV is Miracast-enabled, so you can use it to mirror the screen of a Fire HDX. This is something many HDX owners will want, and adds real value to the FireTV.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 11:03:15 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
Apparently you can "fling" whatever is on your Fire Tablet to the screen with something called "Second Screen" so MAYBE if you have the HBO GO app installed you can "fling" it from your tablet?

heres the Fire TV details:

Amazon Fire TV - 1st Generation

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 11:03:23 AM PDT
Maybe it's to corral the folks who haven't gotten a streamer yet. Like the differences between the 1st and 2nd gen Paperwhites wasn't that big a deal to the 1st gen owners, the slight improvements got some fence-sitters to buy.

I already have 2 Rokus in the house, as well as the Xbox, which is hooked into Amazon, anyway. I don't need Fire TV, but someone who doesn't yet have a Roku might bite.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 11:13:10 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Second screen and mirroring are two different things.

Second screen requires the AIV app to be running on the device connected to the TV. Then you start it on the tablet, and use the tablet to start the video before initiating the second screen function. The device now starts playing the video on the TV, but you can continue to control it from the tablet. You can then use X-ray to look at trivia, actor info, etc. that's displayed on the tablet, automatically, in sync with the video playing on the TV. This only works with Amazon video.

Mirroring copies your tablet screen onto the TV. I missed that the FireTV is Miracast-enabled, making the combination of one with an HDX a powerful wireless presentation tool. It would work with games, videos, websites, photos, maps, anything. Except most likely HBO Go and other services (like Hulu Plus and WWF) that specifically block mobile devices from sending their content to an external display.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 8:03:21 PM PDT
Sarida says:
I agree with the rest of you. I have had AppleTv for six months now and love it. I have had the Roku for a couple of months now and love it.

I don't need to spend $100 on another device that, for me, would do the same thing. I don't play minecraft :)

I can already watch Prime on my laptop, desktop, iPad, iPhone, AppleTV and Roku box. Had I not just purchased the Roku, I might have looked into it, but I can't justify spending the money.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 8:42:07 PM PDT
readermouse says:
We have been thinking about getting another Roku box but with this coming out... Could be that we go with Fire TV

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 8:53:10 PM PDT
Peter Craine says:
It's kind of hard these days to buy a piece of electronics that *doesn't* stream video. Maybe the gaming part will knock everybody out, but that seems unlikely - could it really compete with Xbox One and PS4? I'm kind of surprised by the ordinariness of this. It seems about two years late.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 8:57:24 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
I wonder how much bandwidth it will use. Others have complained about streaming on their Fires using way more than streaming the same program on Netflix. A streaming-only box doesn't offer anything to me, due to limits on satellite ISP.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 9:33:33 PM PDT
musicmomma says:
Almost all the comments I have read are negative but I am really thinking of getting one. I can't do it right now but in the future I will get one.

I like the fact that you can speak into the remote to find the movie you want. That would be helpful when I want to watch something on Netflix. We have a lot of movies in our list.

We only watch movies and TV shows on Netflix and Amazon. We ditched cable years ago because we were tired of watching pointless sitcoms and reruns.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 9:38:09 PM PDT
I feel the same way, having recently purchased a Roku, too, although I am interested in the voice commands feature. I use the Kinect voice commands on my Xbox One. Once I got the hang of it, I've become spoiled.

The Roku also includes support for Aereo TV, which is supposed to be available on the Fire soon. I haven't seen anything yet about Aereo's availability on Fire TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 9:48:41 PM PDT
Peter Craine says:
The voice search does sound nice, but a review I read on CNET says it seems to only work with Amazon Instant content (unlike Roku's non-voice cross-service search feature).

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 9:57:59 PM PDT
Oh well, being a compulsive buyer, I pulled the trigger.

My excuse is that we are moving into a new house soon and will be able to use the second TV.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014, 11:20:18 PM PDT
I'm thinking of getting this for my parents. They don't need HBO because they have it via Comcast.

They are elderly and don't like using PCs or any other device - not even a Kindle or tablet. There have been some movies available on Amazon, and other included sites, that I knew they'd love to watch.

I need to learn more about this to see if it would be good for my parents - but just wanted to post that no HBO is *not* a show stopper for me. I'd just use this to augment what they already have. (They love movies.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 11:40:40 PM PDT
musicmomma says:
The thing is I am a gadget person. I love them and that would be my main reason for getting one. Anyway, if I do not spend my money who will? :P

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2014, 11:41:09 PM PDT
musicmomma says:
Rocky Raccoon,

I love your reasoning!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2014, 4:59:01 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I'm not trying to be negative. I'm sure it is a great device. It's just that I don't need another one. And we "cut the cord" two years ago, too. Outside of sporting events, I don't miss it.
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