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I got mine yesterday and played around with it for a few hours. It works as expected, really fast and loads most videos instantly. Netflix and Hulu not quite as quick as the Amazon marketplace, but still runs great. Interface on these two are very similar to the Roku3 interface.

Voice recognition works surprisingly well, it was able to find everything that I asked for. When it finds a video you were looking for it will search across Hulu and Amazon for me, but for some reason not Netflix (need to go into Netflix app to find content) I would expect that this would be fixed in the future.

Didn't try any gaming on it, but don't really have much interest in using it for gaming. I have a home theater/gaming PC+PS4+WiiU for that thumb.gif
Edited by EVGA-JacobF - 4/3/14 at 10:14am
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I'd need HBO GO support before I made the jump from Roku. They also seem to be false advertising the ability to watch Game of Thrones abeit may be via Plex or similar app.
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Edited by wholeeo - 4/3/14 at 10:44am
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Originally Posted by EVGA-JacobF View Post

I got mine yesterday and played around with it for a few hours. It works as expected, really fast and loads most videos instantly. Netflix and Hulu not quite as quick as the Amazon marketplace, but still runs great. Interface on these two are very similar to the Roku3 interface.

Voice recognition works surprisingly well, it was able to find everything that I asked for. When it finds a video you were looking for it will search across Hulu and Amazon for me, but for some reason not Netflix (need to go into Netflix app to find content) I would expect that this would be fixed in the future.

Didn't try any gaming on it, but don't really have much interest in using it for gaming. I have a home theater/gaming PC+PS4+WiiU for that thumb.gif

Have you tried Plex? I got mine coming in today.
 
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I'd need HBO GO support before I made the jump from Roku. They also seem to be false advertising the ability to watch Game of Thrones abeit may be via Plex or similar app.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I believe that's from Amazon Instant Video... yeah I'm waiting for the HBO app before I purchase.
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This was a day 1 purchase for me, especially since I had a boatload of amazon credit which made it turn out to be free.

I have a Roku 3, but the Plex player on it is sluggish, and this Amazon Fire TV is backing some serious hardware.

I'm hoping it provides a richer Plex experience, more Apps, hopefully will get jailbroken soon... and hey, if it sucks, I can just send it back within 30 days tongue.gif
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Have you tried Plex? I got mine coming in today.

Not yet!
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Netflix is the first service listed.

Oh, I thought the article said it didn't have it yet; I also read another article that said it was a future feature....

Going to look for myself now I guess, serves me right!


EDIT

Ahhhh yea! It does have them all, just ordered it! It will be here tomorrow, thank you $3.99 Next Day Prime shipping!

My "Smart" Blu-Ray player from Sony is just god awful slow and sluggish, this will be a nice step up!
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I am in, mine will be here tomorrow thumb.gif
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Thats probably because seasons 1-3 are on amazon instant video...

I was thinking you meant free-to-watch like Prime Instant :/.
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quite the contrary, i didn’t complain i just cancelled. I wasn’t happy with their service platform and charges.


as an aside the 'HD' which is a laughable term is a.) not as good as netflix and b.) neither offer anywhere near the quality of blueray or even 1080i tv and i prefer quality over convenience

finally with big data caps, throttling you can't guarantee that in the middle of a movie your image quality doesnt drop due to this, identically to when you lose a 720p stream on youtube and it steps to 360p

that is not a good good consumer model at this time until bandwidth is as guaranteed as hardcopy data. People can feel all smart streaming this new type of delivery service but there is nothing smart about overly compressed 1080p video with 16bit sub CD quality 2ch sound..

Mind just renewed before the $19 price hike. This might be the last year I renew it in my small protest to pricing and lack of a dedicated Android app.
 
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quite the contrary, i didn’t complain i just cancelled. I wasn’t happy with their service platform and charges.


as an aside the 'HD' which is a laughable term is a.) not as good as netflix and b.) neither offer anywhere near the quality of blueray or even 1080i tv and i prefer quality over convenience

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that is not a good good consumer model at this time until bandwidth is as guaranteed as hardcopy data. People can feel all smart streaming this new type of delivery service but there is nothing smart about overly compressed 1080p video with 16bit sub CD quality 2ch sound..

I have quite literally never experienced any of these issues.....
    
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