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Old 04-02-2014, 04:34 PM  
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Amazon announces Fire TV

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Amazon has dove in head first into video hardware, announcing it’s new set-top device: Amazon Fire TV.

Clearly a competitor for Apple TV and Roku, the $99 device is an internet-connected set-top box which uses voice commands that you speak into its remote control. It will also serve as a gaming console, and consumers have the option to purchase a separate $39 controller that is paired with the box.

Amazon has claimed the device is 3 times more powerful than Apple TV and is based on Android and HTML 5, which means it should be easy for companies to bring their apps over to the platform. It supports Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, Youtube, Crackle, iHeartRadio and Vevo. Sadly, HBO Go and Vudu are not supported.

Fire TV also has a predictive engine called “ASAP,” which pre-loads content it thinks you are going to watch, so it can start without any buffering or load time. This feature learns over time and gets better at suggesting content you like.

In a prior announcement made this weekend, Amazon said it will be turning six shows from its Amazon Originals program into a full series. The shows, which were selected after viewer feedback from the pilot episodes, include ’The After’, ‘Bosch, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street’, ‘Mozart in the Jungle’, ‘Transparent’ and ’Wishenpoof’. Amazon also renewed ’Alpha House’ — starring John Goodman — for a second season.

As far as gaming is concerned, the console will offer titles such as “Minecraft” and “The Walking Dead”. Many of the titles will be free or cost a little as $1.85 to play.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:41 PM   #31
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:54 PM   #32
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I never liked Ouya. It was destined to fail.
It will be interesting how Steam Box fares in the coming months.

The analysts absolutely hate the idea. I honestly don't see the appeal even if developers get on board (and right now most of them are lukewarm at best).
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:52 PM   #33
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some people will buy it because it is valve.

I like the idea of Steam OS doing a mirror playback from my Gaming PC, but I wouldnt buy one just for that.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:55 PM   #34
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some people will buy it because it is valve.

I like the idea of Steam OS doing a mirror playback from my Gaming PC, but I wouldnt buy one just for that.
The results from the streaming aren't particularly impressive yet.

The big problem is that Steam OS is built on Linux and most developers just don't want to support another OS, especially one with such a small install base.

It will likely end up being like OS X, where a few LARGE publishers release games and 3rd-party port developers are left cleaning up the gaps. The Windows game market is so many times larger than OS X, it's not even funny.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:09 PM   #35
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I thought that Windows would run the game on your gaming rig and steam would mirror it to a less beefy steambox running steam OS?

I wouldnt necessarily poo poo the idea of linux support. In the simplest of terms, if a developer used non proprietary software to make their game, it is rather easy to release it across multiple platforms. Steam makes a lot of money from these indie games on their store. I am sure they could motivate them to release a steam OS version of their title.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:16 PM   #36
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I thought that Windows would run the game on your gaming rig and steam would mirror it to a less beefy steambox running steam OS?
That's the idea. It's not working real great right now in the demos people have seen.

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I wouldnt necessarily poo poo the idea of linux support. In the simplest of terms, if a developer used non proprietary software to make their game, it is rather easy to release it across multiple platforms. Steam makes a lot of money from these indie games on their store. I am sure they could motivate them to release a steam OS version of their title.
I'm not poo-pooing it. Developers are. You should read some of the comments. The industry analysts are even tougher on it than the developers.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:30 PM   #37
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:36 PM   #38
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Thank god. All these chinese imported android boxes for XBMC was ruining it.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:16 PM   #39
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Thank god. All these chinese imported android boxes for XBMC was ruining it.
Easy install. You dl the Android developer toolkit, synch your computer and Fire, and copy over any sideloaded programs you want.

It's fast, too. I can switch from an authorized app (i.e., Showtime Anytime) and start a video in SBMC in 10-15 seconds.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:36 AM   #40
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Can those of you that own this confirm two things for me. 1. will it read large external HDDs 2tb that I store tons of pictures and video files on. 2. Can I install WinSCP on it for quick transferring of small files via wireless.

My gbox crashes regularly now and I'm getting tired of it but these are two features I love and would miss greatly.
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Can those of you that own this confirm two things for me. 1. will it read large external HDDs 2tb that I store tons of pictures and video files on. 2. Can I install WinSCP on it for quick transferring of small files via wireless.

My gbox crashes regularly now and I'm getting tired of it but these are two features I love and would miss greatly.
No idea on 2, but pretty sure it doesn't support external storage yet.
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No idea on 2, but pretty sure it doesn't support external storage yet.
Well, if 1 doesn't work then 2 doesn't really matter.
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Can those of you that own this confirm two things for me. 1. will it read large external HDDs 2tb that I store tons of pictures and video files on. 2. Can I install WinSCP on it for quick transferring of small files via wireless.

My gbox crashes regularly now and I'm getting tired of it but these are two features I love and would miss greatly.
You would have to connect those HDDs to the Network for the Fire TV to use them. (for now)

Either NAS or another PC on your network.
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You would have to connect those HDDs to the Network for the Fire TV to use them. (for now)

Either NAS or another PC on your network.
Yeah, I picked up on that. Until I can plug my HDD directly into the unit I won't be interested in this. My gbox only crashes when streaming content via xbmc but works just fine on local content. I'll just have to live with until someone makes a box that can do everything. I also like that I can attach a wireless keyboard to the gbox as well as the HDD.
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