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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 05-15-2014, 04:10 PM   #46
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USB HD support will be added in a future firmware release according to Amazon. I bet it will be there in a month or so.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:24 PM   #47
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Wow, that takes away the major feature of the box.
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USB HD support will be added in a future firmware release according to Amazon. I bet it will be there in a month or so.
Yeah, you wont have to wait long. I am more bummed that the Fire TV only does 1080p. I have an old CRT big screen in my bedroom that has HDMI but only does 1080i. Otherwise I would have bought another one.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:39 PM   #48
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Wow, that takes away the major feature of the box.


Yeah, you wont have to wait long. I am more bummed that the Fire TV only does 1080p. I have an old CRT big screen in my bedroom that has HDMI but only does 1080i. Otherwise I would have bought another one.
It doesn't crash all the time. Just every now and then like every 4-5 days. Just enough to be annoying for me.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:47 PM   #49
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That's not bad at all. Hell my original XBOX running XBMC would lose its IP address in that time requiring a restart.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:56 PM   #50
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Yeah, you wont have to wait long. I am more bummed that the Fire TV only does 1080p. I have an old CRT big screen in my bedroom that has HDMI but only does 1080i. Otherwise I would have bought another one.
I'm not sure what you mean? 1080p is a higher resolution. The AmazonFire should work just fine with 1080i/720p as well. 1080p means that's the highest possible resolution, but it can also be run at anything less than that. Just not anything higher than 1080p.
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:38 AM   #51
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Android platform does not scale to 1080i. My old tv does not accept 1080p or 720p. That is what I am bummed about.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...x3KHCHMIP7G3YG
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:44 PM   #52
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Android platform does not scale to 1080i. My old tv does not accept 1080p or 720p. That is what I am bummed about.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custom...x3KHCHMIP7G3YG
Your old TV can't do 720p, but can do 1080i? I guess I never realized that was possible. My bad..
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:58 PM   #53
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Your old TV can't do 720p, but can do 1080i? I guess I never realized that was possible. My bad..
I've never seen it either.
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Old 05-17-2014, 02:57 PM   #54
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Your old TV can't do 720p, but can do 1080i? I guess I never realized that was possible. My bad..
Yeah both Mitsubishi and RCA refused the 720p standard back in the mid 00's. Both do 480p fine. What really sucks is I ended up with the Mits big screen because the salesman at Frys lied to me and said Mits finally started doing 720p. And they did... just not on my model. I got a great deal, but that was annoying.


Anywho, yeah Fire TV only outputs 720p and 1080p.
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There are sets out there that only do interlaced video, yes.
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:13 PM   #57
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Anyone had any success with XBMC 13.0 (Gotham)? It installs, but the clickpad function is disabled (i.e., can't type in repositories, search terms, etc).
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Anyone had any success with XBMC 13.0 (Gotham)? It installs, but the clickpad function is disabled (i.e., can't type in repositories, search terms, etc).
System/settings/input devices/ then enable remote control sends keyboard presses
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Haven't had to do that before, on either SPMC or the Ouya build.
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