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Amazon Amazon TV is here

Discussion in 'Consoles' started by Jump, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. Jump

    Jump Administrator Staff Member

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    I guess the rumors are true that they want to take on consoles and internet TV. Anyone going to be an early adopter? Funny commercial

     
  2. Jump

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    I see everyone is excited about this. I got one for basically free from Amazon and it will be here tomorrow. So I'll test it out.
     
  3. Milkman

    Milkman Moderator Staff Member

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    I want something to hook to my TV that will stream from my network share. Thats it... i can do that now with a small PC but would like a smaller device that doesn't require internet/ doesn't phone home/doesn't track and sell my info to a million people.
     
  4. Jump

    Jump Administrator Staff Member

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    Then you want a Raspberry Pi
     
  5. Milkman

    Milkman Moderator Staff Member

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    perhaps... not sure how well those can handle streaming HD video. Maybe i will look more into that. Anyway, i do look forward to hearing what you think of the box.
     
  6. Jump

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  7. Jump

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    Also keep in mind that you can try the Amazon Fire TV for 30 days and send it back for free so....
     
  8. Milkman

    Milkman Moderator Staff Member

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  9. Jump

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    It's what? $30 - $40. Up to you.
     
  10. Jump

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  11. Jump

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  12. Milkman

    Milkman Moderator Staff Member

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    For me to do the pi thing correctly i will need to spend about $60 it looks like. Also need to see if i can get my harmony remote to work with it. Seems like a good project to play with in my spare time... if i can ever get some spare time...
     
  13. Jump

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    Then it would probably better to get the Amazon TV and run plex. Then you can do your streaming as well as the rest of the stuff it offers.
     
  14. Jump

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    Tiny little box from Amazon today. It had a little weight to it. This thing is tiny. I set it up in about 2 minutes. It came preconfigured to my Amazon account. This little thing is awesome.
     
  15. Jump

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    Amazon did what Google failed to do. Make a simple and functional android based streaming device.
     
  16. Milkman

    Milkman Moderator Staff Member

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    how well does it do streaming from a local share?
     
  17. Jump

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    I haven't tried that but remote streaming was flawless. It's a pretty beefy system spec wise. As far as apps the app makers need to get their act together as usual. Basically they do like they always do and just make existing apps basic function on the new platform. It's still android but they need to update their code to work with the Amazon's voice search and basic search so their content shows up. That's not Amazon's fault though as long as they supplied the necessary hooks.
     
  18. Grimfalcon

    Grimfalcon Senior Magnate

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    I have the Chromecast myself and while it's been a very functional/cheap internet TV, I was curious on how the Amazon fared. Chromecast is good for the $35 price though if you're just looking for a cheap alternative to Apple / Roku but it's 100% no frills.

    PLEX support for Amazon is really nice as it's what has made my Chromecast much more useful. Been considering picking one up myself given all the positive reviews.
     
  19. Jump

    Jump Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm happy with it. It does what I want to do with it. But I am a prime member. I also understand it will do a lot more in the near future.