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Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player

Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player

Item: 338326    Model: 53-000901

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Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player
 
4.5

(based on 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

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

excellent choice

By H R Y

from SHERMAN OAKS

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

THIS IS MY SECOND AMAZON FIRE TV
MUCH BETTER COMPARED TO APPLE AND OTHERS WITH PRIME
YOU HAVE ACCESS TO MORE CONTENT AND MOVIES THAN NETFLIX IT IS ALSO HAS VOICE ACTIVATED SEARCH.
VERY HAPPY I HAVE ALSO 2 APPLE TVS. PREFER THE AMAZON

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5.0

Easy to set up - easy to use

By JM

from PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

My wife has been watching Amazon Prime tv shows on her Kindle Fire for a while now and she loves it. We got the Fire TV so we could watch the Amazon Prime shows on our tv. Set up was incredibly easy. It's easy to control and nicely integrated with the Kindle Fire. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone with an Amazon Prime membership.

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5.0

Fire TV just great

By Love Amazon Fire

from Sayreville New Jersey

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

I have an Apple TV an IPad that I use together via AirPlay. I love to stream Amazon Prime etc. having the Fire TV is even better. It is much faster in most every respect. Start up is almost instant. Playback of Netflix and Amazon media is flawless. The games are an extra bonus.
I bought on sale from Staples,. Excellent service on line and at pick up in store.
I would recomend this if u can't find anything on cable/broadcast TV. The choices are great for other apps.

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3.0

Great little device

By JoeCannon

from Illinois

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

Setup was easy and it works great. The only hiccup I ran across was when I hooked it up to my 24" 1080p LCD TV a message flashed across the screen that just said "Not supported" and then the screen went black. You had to look close to even see it. When I moved it to my 47" 1080 TV it booted up fine.

My only complaint is that with the latest software it is not rootable. I am not a fan of buying something I do not have admin access to the device. Having said that I was able to sideload XBMC and then stream my media from my NAS. I just wish there were a way to add XBMC to the home screen launcher instead of having to click through multiple menus to find it. Minus two stars for that little "feature" they built into their software.

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5.0

amazing product better than apple TV

By kk

from Michigan

Verified Buyer

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