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seedless
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Pre-ordered mine today

Half price for Prime members ($19)

Expected delivery date is 12/11

I'M EXCITED

Did you order one?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GDQ0RMG/

[Edited on October 27, 2014 at 7:25 PM. Reason : /]

10/27/2014 7:23:26 PM

dtownral
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Is it the same as chromecast, can you control it from your phone and cast local videos from your computer?

10/27/2014 8:26:02 PM

seedless
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No, its comparable to Roku. Seems to be a steal for $19.

10/27/2014 8:38:32 PM

DonMega
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i also preordered one

10/27/2014 9:20:05 PM

neodata686
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Ordered one too. Dec 17th delivery date. It's got everything including Plex which is essentially streaming things from your PC. Plus it includes a remote and an Android app for control. Seems like a steal for $19.

10/27/2014 9:55:30 PM

neodata686
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Always have to run my Netflix through a proxy internationally so I just run stuff to a hotel TV over HDMI. Would be nice to replace that set up with this. Amazon says the wifi sign-in page (where you need to authenticate over http) is coming soon. I don't know about proxy support though. Could probably figure something out.

10/27/2014 10:09:38 PM

JT3bucky
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So glad I ordered this...really just want it for the ESPN app that is on it...i wish my smart tv had an espn app but now i can add it to another tv in this house and have a tv thats essentially "smart"

10/28/2014 12:16:35 AM

Jeepin4x4
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pre-ordered mine too. not sure how much use i'll get from it but for $19 it's a steal.

10/28/2014 9:06:00 AM

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Ordered...interested in seeing if the Plex functionality is any better, and the portability is obviously a plus.

10/28/2014 9:08:27 AM

wdprice3
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Estimated delivery for new order is now 12/24

10/28/2014 9:09:02 AM

Jeepin4x4
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yep...looks like i'll have an extra "present" waiting on my doorstep when I return home after Christmas. Maybe i'll completely forget about it between now and then.

10/28/2014 9:10:08 AM

Smath74
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any advantage to ordering this if i already have a roku?

10/28/2014 10:24:03 AM

neodata686
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Not really. I think Prime Instant Video works a little better with the Amazon hardware. Plus you'll get more Android Apps if you have the Amazon stick.

10/28/2014 10:44:53 AM

Smath74
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gotcha.

10/28/2014 11:21:27 AM

quagmire02
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...so you can download apps to this? if so, i'll totally buy a couple to give as gifts

[Edited on October 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM. Reason : oh, oops, limited to 1 ]

10/28/2014 11:36:28 AM

PaulISdead
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glad i saw this thread thanks seedless

10/28/2014 11:41:34 AM

seedless
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No problem!

But yeah, being able to put apps on it was one draw for me. The other draw was the Twitch and Prime apps. The bonus was the remote. All those features definiately made it a buy for me at $19.

[Edited on October 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM. Reason : /]

10/28/2014 12:44:38 PM

neodata686
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I'm hoping they figure out the http sign in thing before it's shipped. Being able to use this at hotels is a huge plus for me. If they added proxy support that would be even better.

10/28/2014 12:58:38 PM

r45t4-m4n
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Preordered 2, expected delivery Nov 24 . hopefully I can get XBMC loaded on it. Plex will do in the interim though.

[Edited on October 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM. Reason : ]

10/28/2014 2:43:54 PM

quagmire02
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^ i assume you used 2 separate accounts, since there's an order limit of 1 per prime account (at least, there was for me)

10/28/2014 2:47:04 PM

se7entythree
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^when I ordered, it said 2 per prime account. And mine says "Guaranteed delivery by: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by 8pm"

[Edited on October 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM. Reason : ]

10/28/2014 4:01:51 PM

wdprice3
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Mine was limiited to 1

The offer page even says 1

[Edited on October 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM. Reason : .]

10/28/2014 4:35:47 PM

neodata686
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"Connect your small screen to your big screen— Fire TV Stick lets you fling your favorite apps to your TV to free up your small screen for other uses. Or mirror your phone or tablet to your TV."


So what are the limitations here? Sounds like that means any Android app on any Android phone or tablet. Or simply mirror the screen. Isn't that what Chromecast does?

10/28/2014 4:58:29 PM

AndyMac
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Ordered

Don't need it at all, but as a Prime member $19 is cheap enough to buy it just in case I find a use for it.

My chromecast has been giving me some lag recently, so it might lose its place on my AV receiver depending on what the capabilities of this thing are.

10/28/2014 5:11:18 PM

dtownral
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i'm not sure that this is better than my chromecast, but i ordered one

10/28/2014 8:56:06 PM

BigMan157
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well shit, if everything else is doing it I might as well too

10/28/2014 9:32:27 PM

El Nachó
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Assuming it's like the OG Fire TV, which it's supposed to be, this should be worlds better than the Chromecast. The Chromecast is nothing more than a second screen for your phone or computer. It doesn't actually run any apps or game or anything (Note, I haven't bothered to even so much as plug in my Chromecast in months, so it might have gotten an update recently, but I haven't heard about it). The Fire TV does everything the Chromecast does plus a ton more. It actually runs apps, games, etc, it has a real remote (something I always HATED about the Chromecast), and you can sideload all sorts of other Android apps onto it to turn it into a full fledged media center pc if you want. Just as with any media device, I guess it comes down to what you want to use it for, and if all you care about is streaming netflix, or other videos all these devices are pretty much so the same. The only thing that makes any of them stand out are the extras, and in terms of extras, the Fire Stick should have a Chromecast beat by an embarrassingly large margin.

10/28/2014 9:58:32 PM

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"the Fire Stick should have a Chromecast beat by an embarrassingly large margin."


Yeah they're completely different products. dtownral is dumb.

The real question is why is the $100 Fire TV better than the $19 Fire Stick?

http://www.geek.com/android/amazon-fire-tv-vs-amazon-fire-stick-whats-the-difference-1607870/

[Edited on October 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM. Reason : found it]

10/28/2014 10:15:55 PM

smoothcrim
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the SoC on the fire stick is about 4 years old. the SoC on the fire TV is about 1.5 years old. the hardware alone accounts for the difference. if you don't want to play top android games or do any heavy lifting on the device, there's no difference in the 2 from a user experience besides a somewhat clunky "second-screen-remote" experience in comparison to the native remote.

10/28/2014 11:19:54 PM

richthofen
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Was thinking about ordering a chromecast, then saw this thread. Snagged one of these on prime instead. Delivery date was projected as 1/5 for me though . Guess I'll have some patience and hope it comes sooner.

10/28/2014 11:25:08 PM

El Nachó
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"The real question is why is the $100 Fire TV better than the $19 Fire Stick?"


http://www.aftvnews.com/amazon-fire-tv-vs-fire-tv-stick-comparison/

For a lot of people it won't be noticeably better. Personally, I'd pay extra for the better hardware, and the USB port, which I plugged a hub into and use for mouse, keyboard, xbox 360 controllers, external storage and a flirc IR receiver so I can control the AFTV with my Harmony remote.

10/29/2014 12:54:57 AM

Jeepin4x4
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yeah i don't need any of that. thanks for breaking it down.

10/29/2014 8:34:32 AM

dtownral
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", this should be worlds better than the Chromecast. The Chromecast is nothing more than a second screen for your phone or computer. It doesn't actually run any apps or game or anything"

apps on a tv sounds terrible, i prefer launching things from my phone

i bought it because $19 is worth it for Amazon prime videos since I already have a prime membership

10/29/2014 8:54:18 AM

neodata686
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"apps on a tv sounds terrible, i prefer launching things from my phone"


Apps on a tv sound terrible? You know it's 2014 right? What's the difference? Isn't there an Android app where you can control the Fire Stick anyway?

10/29/2014 9:27:43 AM

dtownral
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every tv with apps that i've used has been an awful experience

10/29/2014 9:45:56 AM

BigMan157
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i bought it because $19 is well within impulse buy purchase, even if i have eleven billion things that already do this

10/29/2014 9:46:48 AM

neodata686
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"every tv with apps that i've used has been an awful experience"


Yes but this isn't a "Smart TV" this is a dedicated device. The experience is supposed to be more like a Roku or Apple TV both of which I've used and been very smooth.

10/29/2014 10:13:14 AM

se7entythree
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"Mine was limiited to 1

The offer page even says 1"


Yeah, I think they changed it a while after I ordered. I placed my order just a couple of minutes after it was announced/available or whatever. And at that time it didn't say anything about not shipping until much later, and that you could order up to 2 devices. I guess demand was more than they expected so they had to throttle back.

10/29/2014 10:45:00 AM

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"dtownral is dumb."

10/29/2014 11:12:21 AM

dtownral
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"The experience is supposed to be more like a Roku or Apple TV both of which I've used and been very smooth."

i had a delay with every input on my roku (and loading apps wasn't very quick either) but never owned an Apple TV. I was including other devices when I said that (roku, PS3, XBox 360, Xbox One), none of them have been very good.

10/29/2014 11:30:38 AM

neodata686
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Good compared to what? Using a wireless keyboard with a browser on your couch? What do you mean by delay? The Roku 3 I've used has been almost instant. Same with the Fire TV. Apple TV is pretty quick too. Sure it's no XBMC on a computer but that's comparing apples and oranges.

10/29/2014 11:36:59 AM

dtownral
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Oh, i had a Roku 2. You press an arrow and a moment later your selection moves, it wasn't instant. sometimes it would kinda get hung up and then skip ahead. i gave it to my mom because it was so annoying.

Xbox 360 was the smoothest I've used for media apps, but the Chromecast is a lot easier to use.



[Edited on October 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM. Reason : ./]

10/29/2014 11:38:38 AM

neodata686
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My htpc is faster than any dedicated device. Only problem is my screen is set to 24hz so there's a delay anyway.

10/29/2014 11:56:24 AM

TreeTwista10
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Similar to the Fire Phone, seems like Amazon is once again late to the party

10/29/2014 3:12:57 PM

slackerb
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Any way to use this if my old LCD TV has no HDMI?

10/29/2014 4:31:43 PM

neodata686
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^^Apple still doesn't have one. Apple is the one that's always late to the party. Sometimes by years.

^You can probably get an adapter for dva -> hdmi or component -> hdmi etc.

10/29/2014 4:42:11 PM

TreeTwista10
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^They might not have an "Apple TV Stick" yet, but they have had Apple TV. And Apple certainly wasn't late to the smartphone party like Amazon was.

10/29/2014 5:32:28 PM

El Nachó
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So the Apple TV is ok, but you're ignoring the Fire TV for the purposes of your pointless little rant? And you're comparing the Fire phone to the Fire Stick, because why? Amazon lost over $100 million in making the Fire phone, yet there's now a 3 month wait when you pre-order a Fire Stick. They're not even remotely the similar. Sometimes I think you type out messages just to see the words in your head appear on a computer screen.

10/29/2014 5:44:25 PM

TreeTwista10
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Fire TV came out 6 months ago.

Meanwhile, Chromecast came out nearly 18 months ago. Apple TV came out 2.5 years ago. Roku came out like 6 years ago.

So, being the last of the 4 companies to come out with a streaming device is similar to them being the last of the major players in the smartphone market. That's called being late to the party. Or do I need to dumb it down even more for you?

Hell, even that shitty Ouya that you bought came on the scene before Fire TV.

[Edited on October 29, 2014 at 6:06 PM. Reason : .]

10/29/2014 6:04:27 PM

neodata686
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I don't think being last to the party is always bad. Apple is usually last to the party with most major features but they usually do a great job of selling those features as new and exciting. I don't see why this doesn't work for Amazon as well. If it's a great device that builds upon all the others how is that a bad thing? That's exactly what Apple does.

10/29/2014 6:40:06 PM

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