Fire TV

If you have yet to pull the trigger on Amazon's Fire TV — now is the time. Amazon is offering a $15 discount on their streaming set top box, bringing the price down to just $84 with free shipping. The offer is only good for a limited time (though we're not sure how long) so get in while the getting is good.

If you haven't checked it out before, Fire TV offers a huge selection of TV shows and movies, music, games, and much more streamed right to your TV. You can view channels from services like Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, WatchESPN, Pandora, and Vevo. Prime users can access Instant Video with just a few clicks, and new content is being added all the time.

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Amazon Fire TV is just $84 for a limited time

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Bought one to replace my Chromecast because I could not for the life of me get it to work with my Comcast provided router.  I like it better than the Chromecast for my needs.

Which Comcast router/gateway do you have? Chromecast works only on 2.4 GHz WiFi and I've got 3 working just fine.

Good to know, I have a Comcast router as well that has given me fits. I'll have to check my settings to see what I've got it set to now.

Good luck (no pun). I have their dual band Cisco Gateway 2 and so far no issues. Yes, it doesn't offer much in terms of customization but it will have to do for now. I have both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz WiFi running concurrently and have the Chromecasts, iPads, and Fire TV working just fine.

Comcast routers are a joke. I couldn't get my iPads or my Chromecast to work with it on a consistent basis. I ended up getting my own netgear dual band router and it works perfectly.

Interesting... I have the same router and my Chromecast works great! Have you tried login into to the router and tweaking some settings?

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Tried everything possible. I am very familiar with router settings as well. I did some research online and it is about 50-50 with the chromecast and that router, either it works fine or does not work at all.  So I just gave up and bought a FireTV and I really like it.

Oh that sucks! I have the exact same router/gateway and like I mentioned earlier, have three Chromecasts and a Fire TV working just fine. At some point, when I have the time, hope to get my own modem and router to play with.

Cheers.

The router that Comcast provided to me is such a piece of garbage that I turned its wireless signal off and use an external wireless router instead.

I can top that, I got one of their modem/wifi units and once I found out that the customization of the unit was practically nill I asked to put the unit into bridge mode so I could use my own router. they tried for 2 hours over the phone and were completely unsuccessful. I ended up buying my own modem and using that instead which was a LOT faster. also no more $8/month rental charge, the modem paid for itself in under a year.

Works with everything I have now, but the $8 a month rental charge is a joke.  If I have any future issues I will return it and get my own equipment. 

Bought one when they came out and use it all the time. Don't use my Chromecast or roku 3 hardly at all anymore. Streaming sends to be better on my fire.

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I agree with this. I love Roku, I had 3 of them, but Fire TV outshines it big time. I have a Chromecast and a Raspberry Pi too. Fire TV is my go to box

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Right now my old Roku and my Chromecast do enough. I'd love some light gaming, but don't want to be stuck with Amazon's ecosystem.

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I can access Netflix, Amazon, ect. on my Sony Blu-ray player. Does this box do anything different? Added content or just the standard 1980s movies that are available for prime subscribers?

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With a smart TV, Xbox One, and a Chromecast, I have no need for this. Though it will be great for many, it was too late for me to have a need for it. I did think about it just to play with (tech junky), but decided to pass.

If I didn't just pickup a Roku Streaming Stick, I would jump on this. Although the wife does want another Roku for the living room.......

I am tempted to get this and turn it into an XBMC machine, however not enough people have experimented with it, so it will be quite the project. I think that whatever google puts out as an android box will have to be just as powerful if not more powerful and more hacked by the community, so I will just wait.

XBMC works perfectly fine on Fire TV without rooting the box or turning it into an XBMC machine per se. I sideloaded XBMC Ouya (SPMC) onto my Fire TV and installed the XBMC Hubwizard. It works great. It took no time at all to set up. So, now I have the best of both worlds. I can either stream videos using Amazon's setup or go through XBMC for videos. It plays nicely on the Amazon box without messing up the original setup.

I will have to look into spmc. Are you using the supplied remote or have you tried to bring your own ir remote.

What on earth is the purpose of this thing??? Other than amazon prime video, what can I do with this that I cannot do with Chromecast or a miracast dongle???

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