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Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player

Item: 338326    Model: 53-000901

Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player
4.5stars
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  • Enjoy voice search that really works – talk to your remote to instantly get results
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Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player
 
4.5

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Great Streamer Needs More Apps

I've had my Fire TV (FTV) for about a month and it sits right next to a Roku 2 XS as I compare and contrast. We cut our ties with Comcast five years...Read complete review

I've had my Fire TV (FTV) for about a month and it sits right next to a Roku 2 XS as I compare and contrast. We cut our ties with Comcast five years ago and are OTA first cable cutters — which is to say we have an antenna and most of our programming comes in via that antenna. We have had a lot of streamers and currently use six Rokus plus two Fire TVs. (None of these are Roku 3s because using WiFi for streaming audio+video+remote is a really bad idea — especially if you have a half dozen streamers.)

The Fire TV streamer is the best streamer available at this time. It combines the most popular features of Apple TV, Roku, and Ouya in a sleek package which is much faster at the same price point. I think it is worth noting that Amazon warrants its streamer for a full year while the others only stand behind theirs for 90 days.

At launch, FTV had nearly 200 apps available including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Plex, and YouTube — the most streamed services. Within a few days, people were running XBMC on the Fire TV hardware. Just two months later, there are more than 350 apps -- not counting what you can side load.

The Fire TV is better hardware than Apple, Roku, or Ouya devices. A faster processor, more memory, usb, wired and wireless ethernet, and optical out all perched on a substantial heat sink ensures cool, smooth operation. During my first week of comparison, the Fire TV did not hang or reboot. During this same period, the Roku 2 XS sitting beside it rebooted three times.

The USB port is a bit of a mystery. I am using it for a wired Xbox controller. Amazon claims it has no current use.

The more time I spend with this streamer, the more I appreciate the user interface. It's elegant and well thought out. The left margin is a series of topics. As you scroll down the topics, the right side of the screen is filled with subtopics and items. These topics are ordered naturally and default to the logical destination. Press the Home button on your remote and you are taken to the main menu with the Home topic selected revealing your most recent apps and a lot of recommendations. Right click once to return to the last app used, twice to the one before that. Once you settle in with Fire TV what you do will be just a couple clicks away from your favorite apps.

There are a lot of apps for the Fire TV. Many are always free and quite a few were reduced for the launch. Apps purchased for my Kindle Fires are in my Fire TV library even if a different app is required for the FTV.

Fire TV has apps for the most popular services. The Netflix app supports profiles. The Plex app is being revised. It looks great but lacks some recent features like Play All. The YouTube app can be linked to a PC or tablet so that items selected on that device are played on the TV if the app is running. I like this a lot. There are not a lot of news apps, but I like Now This News. NTN plays news clips. On my Roku, there is a black loading screen between clips. On FTV, clips one after another. I guess this is the first application of Amazon's smart buffering.

Conspicuously absent at launch: a web browser, an email client, social media apps, PlayOn.tv (which works in a browser on my Kindle Fires), Simple.TV DVR app, Tablo DVR app, and the top news and sports apps. I expect these to make their way to FTV as most are already on the Kindle Fire.

The Fire TV is a really decent casual game console. Fire TV launched with 136 games. Thirty of these are free. If you have already purchased an app for your android device, you get the Fire TV version for free.

There are familiar titles (Crazy Taxi, Deus Ex, Minecraft, Prince of Persia, Sonic, Rayman, and Tetris), original titles (Sev Zero), and 123 games that can be played with the included remote control.

We purchased the game controller for Fire TV. The kids love prefer it to the wired Xbox controller -- 'nuff said! At $40, it is not overprices and it includes media controls. The $40 price included Sev Zero and $10 in coins. The controller takes AA batteries. So, $39.99 for a controller, Sev Zero, Crazy Taxi, and Air Fighters Pro seems like a pretty good deal to me.

I had hoped PS3 or Xbox controllers would work as I have these in my home. While I was unable to pair a PS3 remote with my Fire TV, I was able to plug in an Xbox USB controller. It was immediately recognized and it is a fine controller for the Fire TV.

Fire TV supports Parental Controls and Amazon's Freetime will be on Fire TV next month. For $2.99/month, Freetime includes content from Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and more. Parents can create custom profiles for up to four kids, choosing the movies, TV shows, apps, and games they can access and limit/restrict certain types of content.

Another feature I haven't really played with, but may be compelling for some, is a feature called Second Screen. This allows you to mirror a Fire HDX tablet to the TV. Second Screen allows a Fire HD or HDX to display additional information about media playing on the TV. Just pointing this out.

I give this streamer a big thumbs up. Fire TV is a terrific Netflix player that supports profiles. It supports other popular services and is totally integrated with Amazon Prime. FTV plays games with real controllers and plays your media using third party apps like Plex. It's fun and safe for kids with integrated parental controls. Good job Amazon!

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Won't turn off

I liked the layout and functionality of the box. What I didn't like was the lack of a power switch. One hour after I put the unit to sleep It was still very warm...Read complete review

I liked the layout and functionality of the box. What I didn't like was the lack of a power switch. One hour after I put the unit to sleep It was still very warm to the touch, which means there is significant power still surging thru the unit.
My other complaint was that they mix in the free stuff with pay per view. More than once I hit the rental button when trying to watch a TV rerun or an old movie. This I found unacceptable, period. After ten days I shipped the box back to staples. Just one more complaint. The unit was poorly packed and shipped by Staples. This was just not acceptable for a piece of delicate electronics.

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5.0

Best TV Streaming Box for Everyone

By SuperDelta

from Houston

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

After having the FireTV for about 4 months now, I can confidently recommend it for most people. It comprehensively beats down the current generation of Apple TV, ChromeCast and Roku offerings, the FireTV is the best value due to its access to a wide variety of content, build quality and advanced features. It's a device I have recommended to my friends and family members.

First the PROs:
- It's the fastest media streamer, by far. That's not only a good thing if you own one, but it will force Roku and other companies to stop skimping on the hardware, and firmware updating.
- The menu is intuitive and easy to maneuver. You can't move things around yet, but I'm sure they will eventually let you customize your own page. As of now, the apps are at the bottom. Apps are larger and higher resolution than the Roku.
- The voice button is amazing. For a first attempt, they almost got it right. I understand this is a proprietary device, so they will always want you to use Amazon instant video for your viewing.
- Streaming quality - WOW! Everything I've tried buffers so quickly, that it's almost already at 1080p when it starts playing. With my Roku, Netflix looks great, but it takes 5-10 seconds to get there. I currently have 50Mbps of internet, so I'm not sure what everyone else goes through, but I can tell you this streams better than Roku.
- Overheating and reboots - My Roku 3 cannot handle more than a couple of hours of viewing before it decides that was too many rows of stairs. It gets exhausted, and it has to reset itself. This device is more powerful, and after using it all day today, I can say my Roku 3 will be immediately up for sale.
-- PLEX -- Not only does the Fire TV have a much better PLEX app (which is beautiful, btw), but everything streams at maximum quality within seconds. No re-loading (buffering) during movie playback. And the movies are in a much nicer grid layout, so I don't have to sift through one row to get to a movie selection.

Now the CONS:
- Obviously it's still missing some apps.
- Interface - it is nice, but as I stated in the PROs, you can't make changes to it, hopefully just for now. If it stays this way, it will be a little annoying to have to scroll down all the way just to get to my apps.
- One major issue that is amazon couldn't add two very important things - USB 3.0, and 802.11ac.

Overall, it is the best device currently available, and they really made the experience fun. It does make you want to call your cable company and cancel service. Buy it...you will not regret it

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5.0

Amazon Fire TV

By LB

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

This little device is incredible for those like me that refuse to pay for cable. If you have a netflix account or just want to watch a movie on You tube - it works great - so much better than watching on a tablet. Very easy to connect as well. I highly recommend.

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4.0

Good Media Player

By Loving it

from San Jose, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

The remote is very simple and easy to use. A lot of channels and apps can be installed. Operation is very smooth and voice command is great. Only have this for 2 weeks. So far I like it.

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5.0

I believe the best streaming box

By od

from Santa Rosa California.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

I've tried a lot of the streaming boxes out there but this one is fast fast fast. The remote is smooth and easy there is no lag what so ever this is the best I've seen so far I've even tried the Raspberry Pi. There is a new Nexus box out that might give this some competition I haven't had a chance to use one of those yet but that would probably be the only one that could stand up to the challenge. I'm not much of a gamer but the games seemed to play very good too just like you were playing them on a tablet or an Android phone. There is no Play Store apps must come from Amazon but you can sideload apps if you know what you're doing

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5.0

Perfect t

By Randall

from Ct

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

This is the best product so far from all the smart hubs fam

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Amazon Fire TV Game Controller
Item: 338441
Model: 53-000894

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller

Reviews for Amazon Fire TV Game Controller
5.0stars
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  • Play more games - Amazon Fire Game Controller doubles the number of games you can play on Fire TV, including Minecraft - Pocket Edition, Asphalt 8, and NBA 2K14
  • Full set of controls - Featuring dual analog sticks and all the controls a gamer would expect, plus lighted player indicators for multiplayer gaming
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4.5stars
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  • HDMI
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  • Compatible with Amazon Fire TV
  • Easily control your favorite tablet games with console like precision
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