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Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player

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
 
4.4

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

87%

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

Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media

By mamak

from Central Washington

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

Easy to set up and use, interface is pretty nice I have the Roku also and compared to that I would definitely buy the Fire again over the Roku.

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4.0

Almos perfect

By Cacophonix

from Plano

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

Its a great piece of equipment that performs very well. Frustratingly, it cannot be used a true media server like the WDTV, and won't accept your external HDD via its usb input. You were able to root it earlier, but with the newer firmware, that is not possible anymore. Atleast, amazon should've made this a DLNA device.
But that aside, it is great with netflix, and espn, and other apps. The streaming quality is as good as my ps3/ps4. The hardware spec is very good, and the voice search functionality works surprisingly well.

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5.0

the best media player ever

By Robles Services

from San Jose, CA

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

like this review said
Amazon's Fire TV box

Pros:

+ Nothing else is this fast. While Roku 3 impressed the world, this raises the bar dramatically. With a quad core processor and 4 times the memory of any other streaming product, it speeds through menus, boots quicker, starts videos quicker and honestly has the muscle to not struggle with higher end resolutions and surround sound like other boxes can do at times. The best way I can explain it, you will have extra hours at the end of the year because this box is THAT much faster.

+ Voice search is amazing. It really works. Less using a four directional keypad to enter in titles is a real time saver and makes you wonder why this wasn't done before but it is only for Amazon content and VEVO (music videos) (at least for now). You can not use the voice search with Netflix for example.

+ Ready for gaming, well at least once you spend another $40. The $40 gaming controller feels a bit pricy for this type of gaming and really should be $25 or less in my opinion. That being said, this box has real games you would actually want to play instead of a VERY limited selection on Roku 3 but it is not a "REAL" console at $100 and honestly shouldn't be compared to them.

+ Better image quality? I know you are thinking I am imagining things or have changed my setup but both myself and my wife have noticed that generally (in different apps) the video is slightly sharper and clearer. We are using the exact same tv, settings, even the same HDMI cable that we used with the Roku 3 until we switched it for the Fire TV box. We have noticed that especially on poor quality feeds that the image quality is noticeably better than under the same feeds with Roku 3. Now I don't know if there is better graphic chips or if the bigger processor can do more tweaking while streaming but it seems to be something. As image quality is a huge deal for most folks (and normally us streamers have to suffer with "decent" quality) this is certainly worth noting. So far we have noticed this under Netflix, VEVO and Plex.
You can even sideload APPs like XMBC or other playstore Apps

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1.0

Cancelled - Still No Money Back

By Heath Brown

from Phoenix, AZ

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

I ordered this on 9/23 and cancelled same day. Still shipped. Never got it - stopped shipment. They got it back 9/25 (verified signing by UPS). 10/8 called to find out why no refund. Told warehouse takes 10 days to process. All the sudden they can process - told wait 3-5 more days for it to show up on credit card as refund. Moral of story? Doubt I'll ever order anything online from Staples again.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player

By Khawar

from Plano-TX

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This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

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        Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

        I believe this is one of the best product I purchased in last few years. It works like apple TV but I will give 5 stars to Amazon Fire TV. After hooking up I was amazed with the picture quality and sound quality. Pictures was very sharp and like we are watching Blue Ray movie. If you are a prime member you will love this box because prime members can see free movies and also play games. There are option to buy movies and games. I like the Bluetooth controller also which you can pair with Amazon Fire TV. I will recommend this product.

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