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Can this run xbmc?
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Ordered, gonna test it with plex when it shows up tomorrow. Worst case I send it back for a refund. Interested to compare this with my Roku 3.
Edited by nagle3092 - 4/2/14 at 1:20pm
 
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post #23 of 75
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Originally Posted by Frankzro View Post

You kidding me? They have a TON of TV shows! .... Im on Amazon religiously!

They may have a lot technically, but what I meant is they need to add a lot more content to the "free" part of their already $99 a year TV streaming service. It is pretty dumb to have most anything recent cost money per episode on top of the hundred Dollars you are already paying them.
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This thing will sell. Kindle/Amazon is just under Apple in terms of devices that can sell based off the name alone. This thing is on the front page of Amazon right now and you can bet it will show up there multiple times a year when they announce new streaming rights or new pretty games. Right now Roku is the best streaming set top box in my opinion. It has random channels that my parents would want. Yet for myself Amazon (minus HBO GO) and Roku both now have all of the major ones plus on this I should be able to sideload apps. I don't use HBO GO so that omission isn't a big deal to me.

Apple TV's sell a ton even though I would consider them of less value than Roku's. Kindle Fire tablets sell loads even though I think a Nexus 7 is a better buy. This thing will sell. It has an Amazon centric interface that looks clean and appealing. I really like that interface. I wish the PS4 was something more similar with a bar that leads to a grid of icons. I won't buy this but I could see myself buying one in the future when they have a version with hardware h.265 and VP9 hardware decode support.

This also kills the Ouya console. Not necessarily the store but Amazon has their own game studios including the one that made Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. Plus this thing is some sort of Snapdragon 600 and will surely be updated yearly.
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Was this close to ordering one, but saw that there is no HBO Go channel. Worth getting anyway and just wait for them to add it? We do watch a bunch of HBO shows, especially now that GoT is just around the corner.
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I like completion and options. I can't see this as being better than my Xbox 360 so I have no interest in switching. I want to upgrade my PC and when I do my old PC will be hooked up to the TV so I can play steam games and stream Video on it. I do like these cheap options, but I would rather have a actual PC vs some cheap android hardware.
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They had me at Plex support biggrin.gif
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The only thing that it's lacking is the ability to get Internet streams other than the services it is listing and the DVR ability. I think one needs to look at the hardware cost plus the ongoing subscription costs. I can do a cheap HTPC build but certainly not this cheap!!!
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Originally Posted by nagle3092 View Post

Ordered, gonna test it with plex when it shows up tomorrow. Worst case I send it back for a refund. Interested to compare this with my Roku 3.

Same here smile.gif Will compare to my Roku3. Roku3 can be a bit sluggish sometimes so I think this should be quicker overall.
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Amazon is the new Apple. The good king of Apple smile.gif
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