Bought one because like you said, at $19 why the fuck not.
At $19 why the fuck not? I can use Spotify from it so I'll get some use out of it for sure.
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Bought one because like you said, at $19 why the fuck not.
Orders must keep piling up, mine is scheduled for Dec. 9th
Will streaming audio apps have a MOTHER TRUCKING SCREENSAVER SO IT DOESN'T RUIN MY TV?
Christ, nearly every TV I looked at (including the LG I bought) would eventually cause burn-in because built in smart TV apps are dumb. Granted, not as big an issue in the age of LEDs but it can still happen.
Also impulse bought one for $19. I'm interested to compare it to the Chromecast.
From what I can tell, it doesn't look like FireStick has just general media streaming/casting from websites like Chromecast has? Look like FireStick basically requires specific mobile apps to be compatible with it, you can't just send random video from random websites to it like you can with Chromecast. And it looks like zero controls for FireStick via PC or Laptop, it has to all be done with mobile devices only?(hence, the apps)
Yup, 19 bucks is what got me as well.
Why does it say its $40 now?! We late comers getting screwed?
If you have Prime, it will discount it before you pay. It will show 40 in your cart until you're at the last screen where it shows tax, shipping, etc. You'll see a line for a -20.00 discount.
Hah, January 5th now because I didn't click this yesterday when I saw it.
Thanks buds. Put me in the "$20 why not?" crowd.
Can it be used just to watch Netflix etc? or does it have to stream from a device-and this is just the TVs portal...that's why I didn't like chrome cast... I just want to plug it in and watch Netflix etc...20$ I can reclaim my Ps3 from my kids room.
However, it does look like the Fire Stick has a remote, so in theory you should be able to do those pause/stop/fast forward controls with that, I would assume. Its almost like a Chromecast/Roku hybrid
The voice search function requires a $30 controller or an Android/iOS device with free Amazon app.
Never bothered with a chromecast since my PS3 does everything I would want it do do, but for $19, what the hell. As far as I can tell it doesn't support the generic screen casting that is built in to many android roms and will be part of lollipop, but I imagine Allcast will get that sorted out.
My Samsung TV from two years ago, has a little screensaver that kicks in when I'm in SmartHUB and aren't doing anything. Or on the Netflix / Amazon Prime app.
Even my Roku has a little screensaver that kicks in.
Where are you buying..
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If anyone missed out on the $19 deal, Best Buy has them on sale for $25 or $24 at Staples
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Amazon just sent me and my friend emails that we're getting our deliveries sooner than originally estimated. Delivery date changed from 12/9 to 12/4.
I got it for $19 but my delivery estimate isn't till late December. What the hell gives, BB has them in stock?
Got mine couple days ago. Works well streaming amazon prime stuff but have not tried it with Netflix or the amazon plex app yet.
i saw these at staples on sale in store sunday. i wasnt sure what they were, i r dumb about these things. can somebody tell me in in simple terms what these things do? can i watch live broadcast tv shows on my tv without cable or something or is it just for watching netflix or other pay streaming sites?
Random delivery bump-up again, should be arriving tomorrow. I wonder if Amazon had a bunch of cancelled preorders or if they just had faster production than expected.
Mine got bumped from 12/29 to 12/24, woohoo. I figure at the very least If I don't keep it I'll swap out my parents' chromecast for it since this gets them prime on the TV without any fuss. Having an interface on the device with a remote instead of doing everything on the phone might be easier for my dad. Less calls about the chromecast "not working" is a good thing.
So two things I didn't expect from this: 1) That you had to plug it into a wall; 2) That you'd be forced to watch an unskippable introductory video both on the TV and on my android remote app. Both annoying. Works great so far though.
Power over HDMI was one of the things I was disappointed to see that the fire stick doesn't do but the chromecast does. Not a dealbreaker by any means but it would have been nice.
I'm not sure if it's 100% necessary since the intro video only says it's "recommended for best results."
Bah, I got mixed up and the chromecast can be powered by usb on the TV, not from HDMI.
AFAIK the HDMI standard doesn't produce enough power to ever power a device. Hopefully the next big connection (or an upgraded HDMI spec) will be audio/video/power as well.
Can I just get a Tv with an HDMI port and plug this directly into it? Or maybe just a monitor with hdmi? Planing on using it with Freetime and parental controls for when the wife wants to watch tv and the kids are fighting over it to. Hoping there are some amazon controller games the girls will like to play then it's basically a cheap console for <5 yr olds.
Got a Chromecast for 23 bucks on Cyber Monday; arrived this morning and I had it operational in 5 minutes. Now streaming Twitch.tv on my 55' living room tv. Feels good. Would recommend.
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First plugged it into the tv downstairs(couple year old 32 inch emerson) and it would not turn on without using the wall adapter. On my tv(5 year old 42 inch LG) it still needed the usb cable but it worked off the one on my tv so didnt need the wall adapter, though it still gave me the message to plug it into the wall for best performance. Also it had problems with my 5ghz network while downstairs so had to switch over to the 2.4 but when I took it up stairs and in the same room as my router it used 5ghz np.
Havent used it much but aside from that pretty slick little device and setup was a breeze besides those two issues. Only other possible issue/bug ive seen so far is youtube app, it plays HD video but the framerate is kinda screwy it looks like so no idea if thats due to not using the walla adapter, the app or my network. It will stream fine but it looks like the fps will jump back and forth from 30 to 60.
So, it seems pretty good. But the WIFI connection is sort of meh. Either that or I've finally overloaded my router with the billion gadgets I have.
I had an incident yesterday where my FireTV Stick got disconnected from my wifi and wouldn't reconnect until a hard reboot. I had it connected to the 5ghz radio, and it wouldn't even switch to the 2.4ghz one. After I put in the password, the networking screen said 'Connected with problems', although my other devices were functioning normally.
Not sure if it's an isolated incident or not, but I'll be keeping an eye out for it in the future.
Yeah, was a bit frustrating as it happened during the middle of playback of a movie in the Plex app, so there was definitely active network traffic when it happened.
My order got bumped up again and has now shipped, expected to get here in the 17th. How has it been working so far for the folks who have one already?
I'm having issues as well. I can get the stick to connect to my WiFi but I cannot get it to accept my Amazon authos to login to my account. Has anyone seen this issue and any way to resolve?
Mine delivered today. Will check it out when I get home.
Sooo my remote stopped working and the remote app wont work, the fuck?
Something was fucked up with my stick and account. I had to get through 3 levels of customer support and finally had to talk with the people who I assume are actually sitting there looking at the logs. What I'm guessing is the stick sent to me's serial# was in some weird limbo state where it wasn't allowed to be used.
I'm having new ones sent out, now in addition to my WIFI problems, I cannot even get into Netflix. And the Amazon Prime Video UI frankly sucks for kids.
Do you have a tablet to use voice search? I found that alright. I could see how the UI would be difficult to use for children though since it is so much scrolling.
Ok does anyone know if you can redirect the sound output of the firestick to bluetooth headphones? I'm thinking of setting this up in the kitchen for the wife with like an under cabinet TV thing on a small 15inch and I figure she can put on some headphones if she wants to make sure she can hear over other noises but I'm not sure how that will work.
I have never used a bluetooth headset with a TV but I haven't seen any settings on my Fire stick that gave the impression you could do that. I guess you could if the BT sound is routed through the TV itself?
Mine showed up on Tuesday and the only complaint so far is the unskippable intro video. No wifi, remote or account issues.
Only downside to it is the lack of youtube, google movies and no support for android screen casting. If those aren't a concern it's a no brainer. I have yet to try Plex on it, I'll have to see how well it handles higher quality videos.
Awesome. Must have missed that when I was setting it up.
The twitch app was sharting the bed hard for me last night. Everytime I tried to filter by game it would just crash.
So how does this compare to a Chromecast?
I don't have a Chromecast to compare to but considering how hitchless it's been versus tons of people commenting on the difficulties for less tech saavy people to use Chromecast, it seems way better to me. Sure, I'd probably use a Chromecast fine - but my wife without assistance handles the Fire Stick without breaking a sweat, but I'm sure if she'd have specific hoops to run through to do the Chromecast she'd end up never touching it.
New ones came, at first they were perfectly fine. Overnight still having WIFI issues. Taught my kids how to hold down the buttons to restart it, and hoping that is enough.
As for the UI, it's really rough, just like the Amazon Prime app on Roku.
Netflix is really the best set-up, both kids have profiles with their own shows and everything is basically in the first two or three rows.
Yeah the interface could use some polish, for sure. But my frame of comparison is the Chromecast, which has zero interface. To me, it is a step in the right direction. The next one of these stick devices I think will really knock it out of the park. We're really close to the ideal device for me, though.
Looks like I'm going to be giving my parents the Fire stick in exchange for their chromecast. Having an interface on the TV makes it a lot easier for my dad to use, plus they don't have any other way of getting prime videos on the TV easily.
So does the Fire stick just show up in the Play To list on Kindle videos?
Transitioning my son from Kindle Free Time and thinking about giving him more control of his TV when hes watching it.
my friend was saying to sideload kodi or something onto the stick I to stream all sorts of media. Anyone else try it yet?
Definitely a good way to go.
I put kodi on my fire TV and it works but I only use it for the mmatv addon to stream sports.
bought it. love it.
So my remote randomly started working again. Also the weird fps issue was tv related, stupid 120hz crap.
So overall pretty damn good and highly recommend.
I love my Fire Stick. After all the press the Fire Phone got and how really bleh it was and subsequently failed I see almost no one talking about the Fire Stick. I've had a couple glitches like having to reboot both phone and Stick in order to get the You Tube app to work, but found it to be more useful than Chromecast in every situation. Simply having its own little remote and built in apps makes it nicer. People who visited thought Plex was nice, but never wanted to bother with setting it up on their phone etc but now that the Fire Stick works they just go to town with it.
Damn.. Just discovered my ex wife took my chromecast AND Firestick when she left. She use to bitch about the things every other week but apparently they were good enough to keep when she left!
Got my Fire TV stick yesterday, I now have both it, and a Chromecast.
The FireTV stick is pretty cool, it's nice that it comes already set up for your account and everything, don't even have to log in with your Amazon info.
My only gripe so far is that it gave me a warning that it could not draw enough power just from having the power cord plugged into an extra USB port on the TV, it recommended actually plugging it into an outlet(Chromecast works fine powered from USB only).
Also though, Amazon Prime video service needs to do a little bit better job distinguishing between movies/TV shows that are free with the Prime service, and ones you have to pay for. You have to actually go into the episode list of a series before you can see the pricing, it would be nice if you could somehow tell that while browsing (A "free" typed on the series graphic or something while browsing would work.
I think all the free ones have a Prime logo at the bottom. I usually browse just by Prime video regardless. The only time it can be somewhat confusing is when I specifically search for something but I just look for the prime logo. If it is absent then it is paid content.
Yeah it will say if its Prime. Only problem is as Tenks said is that for dumbass reason when you specifically search it brings up Prime + Paid content. You cant search for Prime content itself, all of Amazon is like that though not just the Firestick.
Amazon really should copy Netflix's UI set up.
For sure. I mean, I'm not going to bitch too much for what I consider is basically a free perk. I'd be subscribing to Prime for the free shipping regardless, but they definitely have room to improve if they want to really push their video service as a legitimate alternative/competitor to Netflix
Gay, it can't run the March madness app.
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