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Connect Kindle Fire to TV?

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Initial post: Oct 10, 2011, 9:18:05 AM PDT
Brad V. says:
Is it possible to connect the Kindle Fire to a TV to stream video from Amazon On Demand?

Posted on Oct 10, 2011, 9:22:41 AM PDT
Maida says:
No, at least not according to this post found in another thread:

"Official reply from Amazon: At this time, this feature is not available on Kindle fire. You'll not be able to stream movies to an HDTV using Kindle Fire. We're regularly working on improvements to your Kindle experience. I've let the Kindle team know you're interested in this feature."

Posted on Oct 10, 2011, 9:29:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2011, 9:29:54 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
No, you can't. There is no video output port of any kind on the Fire.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011, 5:40:47 PM PDT
Michelle P. says:
That's a shame. I guess I'll be waiting for the next version that has that future then.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011, 4:59:17 AM PST
Larry Brown says:
That's a deal breaker for me too. I can't see any sense in having all that video content at your fingertips but being limited to watching it ONLY on the 7" screen.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011, 5:02:47 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
You can, though, watch the same video on your long as you have some way to see Amazon video on your TV. I use a Roku box usually, but you can do it with a Tivo, and there are many other options.

It will even coordinate where you stopped on your Fire with where you start on your TV.

If that's the only feature you need, it may be less expensive to buy that Roku (which also has many other benefits) than to wait for a more expensive Kindle Fire with more features.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011, 5:07:15 AM PST
Nina says:
Even if there was a way to connect it to a TV, the output would probably be horrible. You can only expect so much from a $199 device.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011, 9:04:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2011, 9:11:41 AM PST
J. Albrecht says:
I just received my new Kindle Fire and am interested in having the option to connect to an HDTV as well. Could be an additional incentive for purchasing a Fire!
Additionally, my iPhone has "retinal display," (see link below) which makes even fine print clear and easy to read. I know that this is proprietary technology, but I'm wondering if Amazon might concentrate on making the print on the Fire a bit sharper in an upcoming software update. Don't get me wrong, the print is fairly easy to read, but it's not as sharp as on my old, traditional Kindle.

Retinal Display:


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011, 9:13:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2011, 9:14:02 AM PST
J. Albrecht says:
@Nina: Hmmm . . . didn't think of that. You may be right, Nina.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011, 11:31:07 AM PST
Sailorman says:
Nina, I hooked my galaxy tablet to a 51" plasma tv and you are almost correct. While not horrible it was not something you would want to do on a regular basis. Angry Birds was awesome though.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, 12:36:35 PM PST
Beth Sexton says:
I have this little PC mounted on the back of my TV and use it to stream media.

Acer AspireRevo AR3700-U3002 Slim and Compact Desktop

Most recent PCs have an HDMI out and the PC is more powerful than the Fire.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011, 5:42:53 PM PST
E R H says:
bummer, I bought the Fire before I read these posts. I simply would not have purchased it I had known that it was so 'contained'. Should have guessed that the first version would leave a lot to be desired... We would like to send it back, but, they probably won't give us a return...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011, 5:45:39 PM PST
@E.R. Harding: Contact Amazon's Kindle CS and ask them about it. Click Help (near center at top of new Amazon page; upper right on old pages). Click Kindle (left column) or Kindle Help & Tools in the middle. Click Contact us (right column). Or you can go to

You can also give them a call at:

U.S. and Canada: 1-866-216-1072
Kindle Support: 1-866-321-8851
International: 1-206-266-2992

Or, they will call you back if that facility is enabled for your country. You leave your info at: - you must leave your landline phone number if you live outside the U.S.A., Australia or New Zealand. This works really well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011, 6:56:24 AM PST
K. Gilbert says:
But I don't want to but more devices. The kindle fire has most of what I need but tv connection is a requirement.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011, 1:04:06 PM PST
Gadget Maven says:
What kind of answer is this? You don't conclude about a device's capability based on price. It is the same as saying something must be good because it is expensive. Use your head.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011, 1:23:45 PM PST
FranB says:
The product page is there. If it had a HDMI output, it would be listed. It doesn't. If you don't find that acceptable, don't buy it. If you want to complain to Amazon, do so. We're just customers here.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011, 1:26:14 PM PST
TuxGirl says:
Jack: the retina display is hardware, based, so that wont be coming in a software update.

Of course the eink.screens are clearer than the Lcd screens. That's the nature of eink vs Lcd.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011, 6:48:19 PM PST
The Kindle Fire can't display movies on a TV because it doesn't have a video output port. If you want to watch Amazon Prime video on a TV, buy Roku LT Streaming Player for $50.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011, 9:50:06 AM PST
G. Dressel says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2011, 7:22:35 AM PST
A. rockey says:
NO...... For real I got a kindle fire for my girl and a nook tablet for myself... The kindle blows the nook away in media content by FAR!!!! Also the kindle is $50 cheaper... the nook my catch your eye a little more at first glance, but with all the media you get with it makes no comparison... Also, you can get just as much content outside of amazon on the kindle as you can on the nook, to answer your question.... also the nook has twice as much on-board storage, but with the kindle you can save as much stuff as you needright to Amazons cloud based storage. Which is alot safer in my opinion. So in my eyes its a easy choice... Again I remind you I have both devices currently, along with a ipad 2, motorola xoom and my new moto razr... Just so you know that I know myhhjjtechnology especially when it comes to tablets and phonesvice

Posted on Dec 16, 2011, 3:02:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2011, 7:20:48 PM PST
I think it could be done in the same way that Samsung does it with the Galaxy phones with this adapter Menotek Micro USB to HDMI MHL Adapter IMPROVED WITH RCP (Remote Control Protocol) for Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Evo 4G Tablet, HTC Sensation 4G, Sprint Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy Nexus
If Amazon allows the software to utilize the port in that way.

Update: I found out that USB host mode (which is what is needed for this cable to work and is a software thing not a hardware thing) is supported in Android 3.1 and higher. It looks like USB host mode can be added to 2.3.4 like the phones above have done.

Thanks. God Bless.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011, 8:28:26 PM PST
Hi Amazon,

So now that I have found out that USB host support can be added to a Android 2.3.4 device. I would like to request a powered dock for the Kindle Fire that has bluetooth, an HDMI out, a couple of USB ports and tactile volume controls.

Thanks. God Bless.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011, 9:27:40 PM PST
If you want to send feedback to amazon, DON'T post it here.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011, 10:35:15 AM PST
noNmae says:
So how does it work?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2011, 10:50:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2011, 10:51:33 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
How does a Roku Box work?

Roku LT Streaming Player

Basically it's a hardware portal that goes between your Internet connection and your TV, that gives you access to a variety of streaming accounts you have or might open -- Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, Hulu+, etc. -- plus a number of other Roku "channels" -- and lets you watch them on your TV, often in HD.

Since it links to your accounts, whatever information is current in your account is reflected on the Roku. Your Netflix queue is available, all your Pandora stations are there, etc. With Amazon, it will know what video you might be watching on your Fire, and let you pick up that video in progress on the Roku.

Very, very excellent device. Everyone should have one.
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