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Amazon Fire TV

I pre-ordered and Mr Amazon emailed me today to say it will be with me tomorrow. I will post a bit of a review when I have got it set up and going.
Anyone else got one on order.
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Not really my thing, but good luck with it
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Got the UK Amazon Fire TV hooked up in my office to configure before shifting it to its home position. Bedroom I am thinking but what to do with the Apple TV that is already there.

Music
SB Player (an Android Squeezebox player) bought (1.86) and loaded. Sounding good. Music sorted apart from the now playing that I would really like but ...
I am not at this stage going to sideload the Squeezebox now playing app which I have on my Galaxy Tab because it seems highly unlikely that it is going to look any good (apologies to the developer) and the manner in which you would need to launch it (see later) instead I have uploaded some photos to the Amazon Cloud for screensaver purposes.

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Amazon Prime
Netflix
TV Player - live UK TV incl BBC, ITV, C4 & 5 but SD I think.

Catch Up TV
BBC iPlayer
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No ITV or C4 as yet
NB. The only devices that have all UK catch up services I have found so far are Samsung smart TV & networked Blu Ray players, Sony PS3 and Roku.


Movies stored on my NAS.
Tried VMU Player an official app costing a few pence which said it would do the job. It played the video but with no audio. Rubbish.
Sideloaded XBMC (Frodi). Up and running in no time. The only downside is that you can't it seems add the app to the home screen you have to launch it via System/Applications/Manage Applications/ scroll to XBMC and then launch. The Fire TV remote controls it for the most part but won't let you do a select and hold. iPhone remote will however so no big issue.

Other Apps
Haven't tried anything else as yet.

The hardware is very good (Ethernet/Wireless, HDMI,Optical & USB) and at 80 is about the real price of a Raspberry Pi once you have added in the SD card, case etc
So far impressed.
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Did consider getting one, but I went the NUC route to allow for easier VPN switching.
It's 6 times the price though! Being basically a barebones laptop board in a small box.

(I'd assumed Amazon don't let you VPN on the device, so useless for me in France
if I want US or UK content.)



Asus have their Chromebox solution too:
ASUS Chromebox - Chromebox - ASUS
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Did consider getting one, but I went the NUC route to allow for easier VPN switching.
It's 6 times the price though! Being basically a barebones laptop board in a small box.

(I'd assumed Amazon don't let you VPN on the device, so useless for me in France
if I want US or UK content.)



Asus have their Chromebox solution too:
ASUS Chromebox - Chromebox - ASUS
In the Settings no. However you could probably hack it in some way to add a vpn client or better get your router to create the vpn and do some clever routing.
Amaxon box is very good hardware, very well put together. Potential wise better tgan a Roku or Apple TV and hardware wise way ahead of a Pi.
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How you getting on with it Jim?

For the money it's a cracking bit of hardware but seems to be constrained by the amazon ecosystem and their premium partner model.

It's now 60, I don't think you could build something equivalent for that money.

I've just bought a Xbox One and thinking of getting something as a plex server, Plex have a app for the fire TV which might add to my viewing experience on our living room TV, only problem is it has no HDMI.

Sounds nuts in this day and age but we still have a 1st gen Sky+ box which connects to our telly with Scart...

I only have freeview on the 50incher in my home cinema because I only tend to play games and watch movies on it.

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Im looking at going down the Android tv box route myself, anyone tried these?.
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The hardware is very impressive. It responds very very quickly to menu commands. I did think about putting a Plex server in but decided that the existing Twonky serves my needs as far as local video content is concerned. As you know I am firmly in the Squeezebox camp as far as music is concerned. The Fire is a more than capable Squeezebox player and you would not be able to build a similar specced Raspberry Pi based player for anywhere near the price so from Music perspective its a steal.
If you just wanted catch up TV and have a HDMI capable TV and decent wi-fi the a 10 Now TV box is the way to go. If you want catch up TV, Netflix, Amazon and local content that you should consider the Fire TV and Roku.
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Fire TV stick is now on pre-order in the UK:

Amazon Fire TV Stick


Only 19 quid if you have a Prime subscription. Bargain.
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Bof.

Well they certainly don't do vids
on Amazon.fr yet....


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Right, the Fire Stick has arrived!


Easy to set up.

Operation is straight forward and slick.
The minimalist TV style remote and GUI is just right.

Picture quality is very good.

Sound quality is pretty amazing.


Obviously vid streaming is licence locked to the UK to currently it won't
let me play purchases. (VPN would sort this out.)


I think this is a non-brainer for anyone who has Amazon Prime and
want to have a little extra content without paying another TV subscription.


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FireTV Stick has Miracast built in so you can also
use it to throw content from your tablet/phone onto the TV
screen.

Cracking little device for the price.
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Stick is Back down to 25 Quid.

Worth having if you already have Prime:

Amazon Fire TV Stick - Amazon.co.uk




The 4K version FireTV is calling...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UH2O6T2
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Sideloading with Kodi and Firestarter gives you access to loads of other non Amazon stuff as well.
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