Amazon Fire TV

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  • All-new Amazon Fire TV now supports 4K Ultra HD for true-to-life picture quality. Watch high-definition 1080p streams on Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu and more, even without a 4K TV.
  • Now with Alexa, use your Fire TV Voice Remote to check sports scores or the weather, play music, and more – instantly
  • Enjoy over 250,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO GO, and Showtime Anytime, plus games, music, and apps
  • Cutting the cord? Watch the best of live TV on NBC News, NBA, and Sling TV, which includes ESPN, CNN, HGTV, AMC, A&E, Cartoon Network, and more.
  • Say it. Watch it. Simply say the name of what you want to watch and start enjoying in seconds.
  • Now with 75% more processing power, a dedicated graphics engine, better Wi-Fi support, 2 GB of memory, 8 GB of storage and expandable storage of up to 128 GB
  • With over 800 games – the most games of any other streaming media player – there is something for the entire family, including Minecraft, Lego Star Wars, and Pac-Man 256
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to Prime Video, including original programming like Transparent, plus over 1 million songs with Prime Music

Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Amazon Fire TV now brings you 4K Ultra High Definition streaming capability, giving you a best-in-class television experience with true-to-life picture quality when used with compatible 4K Ultra HD TVs—something Apple TV, and Chromecast don’t support. Your 4K TV must support minimum HDCP requirements for protected content playback. Now with 75% more processing power than the previous generation Fire TV, a dedicated graphics engine, better Wi-Fi support, and 2 GB of memory. Your voice just got more powerful: not only can you search using your voice remote—now you can use Alexa, the brain behind Echo, on your Amazon Fire TV. Alexa answers questions, plays music, checks sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly.

Apps

What’s on Amazon Fire TV?

With over 3,000 channels, apps, and games, Amazon Fire TV offers all your favorite subscriptions and streaming services. Watch over 250,000 TV episodes, movies, including live TV. Kick back with sports, news, music, and games. With instant access to Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Hulu, and more, you’re sure to find something you love. Watch live TV with Sling TV, which includes ESPN, AMC, HGTV, TNT, Food Network, ABC Family, and more. Millions of songs are available to stream on Amazon Fire TV through Prime Music, Pandora, and Spotify. Amazon Fire TV is also the easiest way to game on your HDTV. Many games are free, and paid games start from just 99 cents.

Meet Alexa

Meet Alexa

Now you can use Alexa, the brain behind Echo, on your Amazon Fire TV. Alexa, a cloud-based voice service provides, information, answers questions, plays music, checks sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. Just ask Alexa using your Fire TV Voice Remote.

TV the way you want it

Use your cable subscription to stream what you love on-demand through apps like HBO GO, Showtime Anytime, A&E, Watch ESPN, and more. Get access to all your favorites with Fire TV – download the apps and enter your cable account information to start watching. Stream your favorite shows at the same time they’re broadcast with NBA Gametime, CBS News, and more. Plus watch live TV with Sling TV—which includes ESPN, AMC, ABC Family, TNT, Food Network, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, CNN, HGTV, and A&E. Subscription fees may apply.

Even better with Prime

With Prime Video, thousands of movies and TV shows including The Americans, Justified, and Downton Abbey, are available to stream instantly, at no additional cost. Access your favorite HBO shows like The Sopranos in the HBO Collection. As a Prime member, unlock hours of new shows created by Amazon Studios. From Bosch to the award-winning series Transparent, plus great shows for kids like Creative Galaxy, Amazon Originals showcase comedy, drama, and children’s programming you can only see on Amazon. With Prime Music, you can listen ad-free to over a million songs. And there are more than one thousand Prime Music Playlists and hundreds of Prime Stations to choose from based on your mood, activity, artist or decade of choice.

Tiny box. Huge specs.

Tiny box. Huge specs.

With Amazon Fire TV, you can stream movies and TV shows in 4K Ultra HD, 1080p, or 720p. With Dolby Audio, enjoy rich cinematic surround sound via HDMI (up to 7.1) in supported apps including Amazon Video, HBO GO, and Starz, with Netflix, and Plex coming soon. From the responsive interface and instant search results, to smooth gaming and ultra-fast streaming, everything about Amazon Fire TV is fast and fluid. It’s all thanks to a quad-core processor with 75% more processing power than the previous generation Amazon Fire TV, a dedicated graphics engine, and 2 GB of memory. Say goodbye to buffering: you shouldn’t have to wait 10 seconds for a video to buffer every time you press “Play”. ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) learns what Amazon movies and shows you like and gets them ready for you to watch. The more you use Fire TV, the more accurate ASAP becomes, dynamically adapting to your viewing habits.

Easy to set up and use

Amazon Fire TV arrives pre-registered to your Amazon account and sets up in minutes. A user-friendly interface makes it easy to browse popular movies, shows, and personalized recommendations straight from your home screen. Use your voice remote to find your favorite TV shows, movies, songs, albums, and more.

Amazon Fire TV

5 Responses to Amazon Fire TV

  1. Natalya the Spy says:
    1,357 of 1,457 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Geared towards Prime content, October 6, 2015
    By 
    Natalya the Spy (Boston, MA) –
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    Hey Alexa, Hey Alexa – Night and day it’s Hey Alexa. Make the fire, fix the breakfast, Wash the dishes, do the mopping!

    Ok, so I haven’t figured out how to make Alexa clean my house like Cinderella…yet. But I’m working on it. In the meantime, I have figured out that she is much more than a glorified alarm clock or DJ. Although, you should know that alarms are “not currently supported on this device,” like they are on the Echo. This is a more basic version of Alexa. It doesn’t have her full functionality.

    ABOUT ME
    I’m not sure what the target demographic for this product is, but I am a professional female in my early thirties, who is in a committed relationship. That is a nice way of saying that my partying days are behind me and my boyfriend and I spend a lot of time binge watching stuff on the sofa. Yes. We are suburban couch potatoes. No shame here. Also, I am an Amazon Prime member, but do not have a 4k TV.

    I used to have a Roku that I used for Netflix and Hulu. However, I was more interested in free shipping, so I moved to Prime and got a Fire TV Stick when it was offered for $19.99. For me the stick is a glorified HDMl cable. You could get the same benefits by connecting your laptop to your TV. It’s less cumbersome, but that’s about it. I wanted it because it said it could mirror your device’s screen onto your TV. It didn’t explain clearly enough that the only “device” it could do that with was a Kindle. That is why I didn’t order the Echo when it came out. It sounded cool but I couldn’t figure out what it actually did. Since then, my father got one for my mother, who had a stroke, and it is awesome. The Echo is very cool, but it is also an incredibly useful tool, particularly for those with a physical disability or technology aversion.

    So now having experienced the fire stick and the program for the Echo (which is called Alexa), I was actually excited to see a device that combined the two.

    DIMENSIONS AND PORTABILITY
    As for the device itself, it is 10 oz, 4.5″ wide, 4.5″ long, and 5/8″ thick. The remote is 6″ long, 1.5″ wide, 1/2″ thick and weighs 2.5 oz. It connects via HDMI cable (not included) and plugs into a wall power outlet. It comes with its own special cord; it doesn’t use a universal microUSB like the Fire Stick does. So, the Fire TV isn’t big, but it isn’t as portable as the stick, and you better not lose the cord. However, it beats out the stick in every other category, and it is plug and play, so you can take it anywhere you want.

    CONNECTION AND SET UP
    It connects quickly and easily to your Prime account because Amazon sends it to you already setup with the information. So, if you are buying it as a gift, you need to specify that while you are checking out. However, during the set up process it does give you the option to change the account associated with the device. The problem is that your account is preloaded (if you don’t specify it is a gift) and it doesn’t require a password during set up. You can set up Amazon FreeTime on it, though, so you don’t have to worry about your kids making unauthorized purchases or overusing it.

    AUDIO AND VIDEO
    As for HD quality, it does provide a slightly better picture on my 5 year old Panasonic plasma than the stick does. I suspect it would improve more with newer TVs. Also, it does process tasks faster than my Fire Stick, both of which are connected to Verizon Fios via Wifi. The surround sound (Dolby) is great with anything Prime, but Netflix and other apps don’t support surround sound.

    VOICE CONTROL
    However, the best part is definitely Alexa and the voice activated remote. You can say things like, “Alexa, show me comedic movies.” It will take you to a list of comedies. You can access anything on the box, such as games and apps, but it is also a virtual search engine. You can ask, “What is the overnight weather forecast for San Diego, CA?” It will both tell you and show you on the screen. It hasn’t figured out how to open my Watchlist yet. It processes the command properly, but takes me to the wrong place.

    It is fast, it is responsive, and best of all it is accurate. Accuracy is an issue with most of these voice operated items. There is a learning curve, but Alexa rarely gets mixed up or confused once she figures you out. There is definitely a period of time when it’s almost like talking to an elderly patient who didn’t bring their hearing aid to the hospital with them (I’m a nurse). “You think I’m too hairy?!” “No. I said to play Katy Perry!” That kind of thing. But, Alexa is a quick learner.

    Once the initial awkward dating period is over and you get to know each other better, Alexa is great with Prime Music. Say, “Alexa, play Walk like an Egyptian,” and she will. Prime music has no commercials, and you can listen to specific songs or even…

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  2. Africanlivedit says:
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    1,419 of 1,606 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    No Dolby Digital 5.1 audio support for Netflix, Plex, or Hulu, October 6, 2015
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    Himayv

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    I was so excited for this — Plex, Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and SlingTV are the dream team!

    Then I learned that Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (AC3) is only supported with Prime Video. That means that any 5.1/DTS/DD audio from Plex, Netflix, etc., is all in 2.0 audio, downgraded. This is unacceptable–grounds for immediate return, and honestly, shame on you Amazon for misleading consumers! An email from Amazon support confirmed this for me.

    Honestly, if a “new” device can’t do basic things that the Roku 3 could do in 2012, it has no business being compared to any of the current generation of media players.

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    Oct 6, 2015 2:33:06 PM PDT

    Thank you for the feedback. By this coming Monday, October 12th, you will receive an automatic software update that enables Dolby Digital Plus for customers who have a Dolby Digital Plus system (including support for Netflix and Amazon Video). An update for older Dolby Digital systems (not Dolby Digital Plus) will be distributed on November 30th.
     
  4. Anonymous says:
    693 of 809 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    $100 for a Beta Test?, October 6, 2015
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    Africanlivedit (Alexandria) –

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    Wow- this is buggy! And let me say how excited I was about this device. I even sold my Nvidia Shield TV because I didn’t need the gaming aspects of it. Amazon’s new Fire TV looked like a wonderful and inexpensive means to get UHD out of Netflix and Amazon. And then!!! I get my HBO Go too.

    But wow, I am very disappointed to say the least.

    Let me break my problems down –

    I switched from the NVidia Shied TV (worked wonderfully) to this device because I wanted something for video streaming. But so far, my expectations have been met only with disappointment. Why?

    -My stuff: Pioneer 830k (receiver), Sony 65XBR850A (4K TV). I am running the Amazon Fire TV to the Pioneer 830k and then the receiver to my one 4K 2.22 compliant HDMI input. Again, worked flawlessly with my Shield TV.

    ….. my issues:

    -When I load up a Amazon Prime 4K video, it looks and sounds great! BUT! When I leave the video, the screen goes black. I have to power off my receiver and turn it back on to be at the Fire TV menu again. Oh and sometimes, I can get back the menu without having to power cycle the receiver but 9/10, I am unable to.

    -Netflix is giving me 4K but no 5.1? HUH? Others are reporting this issue too. When folks ask about this issue, they are offered a refund for their box. Does Amazon really think it’s acceptable for folks to use a 4K streaming box without 5.1 to Netflix? How did the early reviewers miss this vital flaw?

    ……….. suffice to say, I hope this is software-related and to see incoming patches because the box is neat! I want to keep it but right now, it’s half baked and I feel like I have paid $100 for beta testing a product for Amazon. Or it’s hello Roku 4 or Shield TV.

    Oh and don’t bother calling Amazon for help, their technical assistance (spoke to two agents) didn’t even know this product was released. Heck, someone took 10 minutes, yes 10 minutes, to look up that I did, in fact, ordered this unit from Amazon.

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