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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
( 21 reviews)
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  • Massive selection from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu Plus and more plus music from Pandora
  • Enjoy voice search that really works – talk to your remote to instantly get results
  • Simple to set up and easy to use with personalized recommendations for your Watchlist
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player
 
4.4

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

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

 

A mixed bag

The Amazon Fire TV has great hardware, and will likely the top unit for streaming videos eventually, however right now it needs work.

Visually, the Fire TV is very...Read complete review

The Amazon Fire TV has great hardware, and will likely the top unit for streaming videos eventually, however right now it needs work.

Visually, the Fire TV is very appealing. It has everything you could want, and more as far as eye candy, and layout go. However, it is also riddled with bugs. Most annoyingly, sometimes no app will load without unplugging and rebooting the unit. Apps start to open, and then immediately close. Also, at times it will just stop streaming video, and refuse to work until you reboot it. There are other small bugs, but they can be overlooked.

I would like to say the voice search feature is awesome!

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3.0

Amazon TV

By Conji

from uSA

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

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

Great interface! Needs more apps and more options, local tv would be a great option...HBO Go NOT supported???why???
Pluto TV my favorite app

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5.0

good

By Fox

from Irvine

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

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

good

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5.0

Great if ou get an older firm rootable

By lceron

from Florida Naples

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

Great if you get an older firmware that is rootable, then you will be able to install xbmc as a launcher and use the usb as a storage device.

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5.0

Amazon Fire TV

By Rak

from USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

This is an amazing product. I was able to connect it seamessly with my TV. The buffer time is fast and I am impressed with the spped and clarity. I was initially planning to purchase Roku 3 but glad that I chose Amazon Fire TV.

The purchase experience at Staples was great.

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3.0

Not for me

By njespo

from CT

Verified Buyer

Comments about Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player:

I figured with the added processing power that it would be a step up from my Roku for a second TV that I have. Unfortunately this is only marginally faster. I also expected more in the way of apps and was disappointed in the lack of a robust variety. As a streaming box I would have to rate it after the Roku as well as the Apple TV. Unless you are an Amazon Prime member then it makes absolutely no sense in getting this box. I am returning it and will now decide whether to buy an Apple TV or another Roku for my second TV.

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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
(1 reviews)
  • 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
  • Affordable games - Paid games start from just 99 cents, and many games are available to play for free
Price:
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Item: 837550
Model: 18751

Staples 6' HDMI Cable

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4.5stars
(310 reviews)
  • HDMI
  • Delivers HD video and audio to your HDTV from devices such as cable boxes, satellite dishes, DVD and Blu-Ray players, and gaming devices
  • 6'
Price:
$8.05
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Item: 1058086
Model: 80692

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  • Compatible with Amazon Fire TV
  • Easily control your favorite tablet games with console like precision
  • Optimized HID protocol for Tegra®3 based devices and games
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