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Amazon Fire TV set-top box ships today for $99

By Shawn Knight
Apr 2, 2014
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  1. Amazon on Wednesday finally put rumors to rest with the unveiling of its first play for the living room. Fire TV is the set-top box (not a dongle) we've been hearing about for months that's actually more like a high-end...

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  2. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Enthusiast Posts: 154   +32

    Seems interesting, but am I the only one burned out by these things? Every time one comes out there's always some major limitation. For example this one might be great for gaming, but can't run, or doesn't support, the 1 game you want to play. Or you want to stream your own videos from your media server, but it doesn't run the main format you use, but does everything else you want. HTPCs are nice, but even those have too high a TDP for me (<10w load is the goal.)
     
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  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,388   +425

    The gaming aspect is interesting, but otherwise, it's like one of a thousand other streaming boxes (including embedded in blu-ray players and Smart TV's) out there.
     
  4. freythman

    freythman TS Enthusiast Posts: 124   +10

    If this will support streaming from a local media server, then I "might" be interested.
     
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  5. It supports plex, which does transcoding from a media server. plex choked on 1080p content on my nsz-gs7 (dual core marvell), fwiw.
     
  6. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Enthusiast Posts: 242   +55

    Huh... No Wi-Fi?
     
  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,082   +920

    I am between this, the ASUS Chromebox, and possibly the new Apple TV whenever it is released. We will see.
     
  8. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Enthusiast Posts: 585   +100

    It supports Wi-Fi.
     
  9. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 931   +248

    Now that's an interesting looking gamepad.
     
  10. penn919

    penn919 TS Enthusiast Posts: 160   +12

    It closely resembles the gamepad for the Onlive game console.
     
  11. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Enthusiast Posts: 241   +7

    Just get a raspberry pi with openelec and you will have no issues with 99.9% of any streaming service, including streaming all your nice mkvs from your server.
     
     
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 997   +32

    But reportedly crappy feeling, which is disappointing.
     
  13. Mr772

    Mr772 TS Rookie

    I agree - give me a media player that I can stream my NAS content to and support my file types (mkv, h.264, .mp4, mpeg2-4....). If we can load XBMC on this box with good results amazon will sell a TON of these.
     
  14. distantreality

    distantreality TS Rookie Posts: 55   +6

    So far this is a great device...I've had it now for 2 days!! The gaming is great but still waiting on game controller to get here it was on backorder but they just emailed me and told me it would be here tuesday the 8th. As a streaming device I would give it 5 stars...as a gaming device as far as apps and games run 5 but don't expect to play tons of games unless you plan on deleting them and reinstalling etc.. the 5 gigs of space leaves a lot to be desired unfortunately....I have already filled up 3gigs that leaves 2 gigs left...and the usb port does not work with anything as of yet...I could only hope they would allow for external hard drive!! If you have amazon prime or have bought lots of movies and videos on amazon instant video this is for you!!! It is fast and I have not had a streaming issue yet.
     


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