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#21 Tony R

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 08:05 AM

View Postmetallithrax, on 07 January 2017 - 04:07 PM, said:

Started with a firestick, side loaded Kodi onto it and it worked fine.  Moved on from that to get an Android box with Kodi.

The website Tony R posted above is where I got all the info I needed for add-ons.
I have Amazon Fire box.
People have unrealistic expectations of Firestick and Roku. They are not going to be able to stream perfectly all the time because the technology inside them is limited by size. Also quite often people's own wifi can be the issue.
I use ADB to side load Kodi etc to the box (but download the repositories directly on to the box/stick.)
It is as simply a case of getting the IP address from the settings.

Edited by Tony R, 08 January 2017 - 08:08 AM.


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 12:46 PM

We have a Fire Tv Box (not stick), and it's a pretty amazing device. Used with an Amazon Prime membership is the way to go.

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 04:06 PM

I haven't got a Roku or an Amazon Fire, but I do have an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:29 PM

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TRFers, I'm researching cutting the cord. What streaming device is recommended?
Google Chrome

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 06:55 PM

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View PostReRushed, on 03 January 2017 - 02:09 PM, said:

TRFers, I'm researching cutting the cord. What streaming device is recommended?
Google Chrome

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 08:16 PM

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View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 01:29 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 03 January 2017 - 02:09 PM, said:

TRFers, I'm researching cutting the cord. What streaming device is recommended?
Google Chrome

?
ah....Chromecast

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 12:43 AM

I got an Apple TV and a Fire Stick. Both work very good but the Apple TV interface and speed are way better. The Fire Stick works very good though and the price can't be beat. I bought my daughter one for Christmas last year and it is all she uses for TV. Well...that, and my Amazon Prime account, my Netflix account, and my HBO and STARZ accounts. The thing I like best about the Apple TV and Fire Stick is the 1080p resolution instead of the 1080i that my Dish receivers use. 1080p is so much better. When my Dish contract expires, I am going to all streaming content using Sling TV or similar offering. I'm also going to buy a DVR to use with the national OTA channels.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 10:28 PM

View PostMr. JD, on 29 March 2017 - 12:43 AM, said:

I got an Apple TV and a Fire Stick. Both work very good but the Apple TV interface and speed are way better. The Fire Stick works very good though and the price can't be beat. I bought my daughter one for Christmas last year and it is all she uses for TV. Well...that, and my Amazon Prime account, my Netflix account, and my HBO and STARZ accounts. The thing I like best about the Apple TV and Fire Stick is the 1080p resolution instead of the 1080i that my Dish receivers use. 1080p is so much better. When my Dish contract expires, I am going to all streaming content using Sling TV or similar offering. I'm also going to buy a DVR to use with the national OTA channels.

Your daughter and my mom and dad! :lol:   We got my older parents a voice activated Firestick, trying to make things really easy for them.  I loaded our Netflix and HBO apps onto it.  We created a monster!  :)  At first they wouldn't use it; then they used it to watch "Temple Grandin" and a Frank Sinatra special all in one day.  Now they want every movie to be that good and keep calling me for suggestions!  It's very cute. :heart:

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 12:23 AM

I cut the cord a couple of months ago and have loved it.

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 02:39 PM

I just signed up for Playstation Vue on my Amazon Fire TV (box) and it's amazing. I've got most cable channels streaming live now, including virtually all of the necessary sports networks. The interface is certainly adequate and having so many services built into one box is great.

I did lose a few channels vs DirecTV, but very few that I miss.

I also went and bought Amazon Fire Sticks for my other two TVs: I'm a bit disappointed by the slower user interface from the Sticks, but the ultimate viewing experience is still teriffic.

I would note though: Amazon Fire TVs and Sticks seem to be in short supply right now. Ordering from Amazon usually places you on a waitlist, and they can be very difficult to track down in local stores. If you want one soon, and you see one locally, buy it when you see it!

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 11:54 PM

View PostKenJennings, on 19 April 2017 - 02:39 PM, said:

I just signed up for Playstation Vue on my Amazon Fire TV (box) and it's amazing. I've got most cable channels streaming live now, including virtually all of the necessary sports networks. The interface is certainly adequate and having so many services built into one box is great.

I did lose a few channels vs DirecTV, but very few that I miss.

I also went and bought Amazon Fire Sticks for my other two TVs: I'm a bit disappointed by the slower user interface from the Sticks, but the ultimate viewing experience is still teriffic.

I would note though: Amazon Fire TVs and Sticks seem to be in short supply right now. Ordering from Amazon usually places you on a waitlist, and they can be very difficult to track down in local stores. If you want one soon, and you see one locally, buy it when you see it!

Thank you!  We have been looking to get rid of cable, but haven't found plans with many sports channels.  I'll be checking this out!

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 09:32 AM

Roku here.

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 02:50 PM

Roku has more channels but I’ll take either one over cable.  Screw Comcast, Spectrum and the other greedy corrupt companies.  It’s no surprise the big 4 pay channels (HBO/Cinemax,Showtime,Starz,Epix) have their online services now and companies like Hulu and YouTube have joined Sling and Sony Vue with their own tv channel services.

I’ve got Apple TV as well.

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 01:39 PM

View Postmetallithrax, on 07 January 2017 - 04:07 PM, said:

Started with a firestick, side loaded Kodi onto it and it worked fine.  Moved on from that to get an Android box with Kodi.

The website Tony R posted above is where I got all the info I needed for add-ons.
The Fire TV Box is definitley the route to go if you are using Kodi. Kodi will run okay with the stick but things take much longer to load with the stick as opposed to the box.

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 06:57 AM

View PostTony R, on 08 January 2017 - 08:05 AM, said:

View Postmetallithrax, on 07 January 2017 - 04:07 PM, said:

Started with a firestick, side loaded Kodi onto it and it worked fine.  Moved on from that to get an Android box with Kodi.

The website Tony R posted above is where I got all the info I needed for add-ons.
I have Amazon Fire box.
People have unrealistic expectations of Firestick and Roku. They are not going to be able to stream perfectly all the time because the technology inside them is limited by size. Also quite often people's own wifi can be the issue.
I use ADB to side load Kodi etc to the box (but download the repositories directly on to the box/stick.)
It is as simply a case of getting the IP address from the settings.
You no longer need to sideload Kodi. There is an app named "Downloader" that is on Amazon market that you can use to download and install Kodi.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 09:52 PM

View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 08:16 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 09 March 2017 - 06:55 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 01:29 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 03 January 2017 - 02:09 PM, said:

TRFers, I'm researching cutting the cord. What streaming device is recommended?
Google Chrome

?
ah....Chromecast
I am now using Roku. I like it.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 10:06 PM

View PostGompers, on 16 March 2018 - 09:52 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 08:16 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 09 March 2017 - 06:55 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 01:29 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 03 January 2017 - 02:09 PM, said:

TRFers, I'm researching cutting the cord. What streaming device is recommended?
Google Chrome

?
ah....Chromecast
I am now using Roku. I like it.

We ended up getting a Roku as well because we dropped cable and signed up with YouTube TV. ( It doesn't run on Amazon devices.) We could not be happier!  Quality is as good as cable, it has all our local channels and many sports channels.  Love this streaming service !

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 09:24 AM

View Postblueschica, on 16 March 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 16 March 2018 - 09:52 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 08:16 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 09 March 2017 - 06:55 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 01:29 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 03 January 2017 - 02:09 PM, said:

TRFers, I'm researching cutting the cord. What streaming device is recommended?
Google Chrome

?
ah....Chromecast
I am now using Roku. I like it.

We ended up getting a Roku as well because we dropped cable and signed up with YouTube TV. ( It doesn't run on Amazon devices.) We could not be happier!  Quality is as good as cable, it has all our local channels and many sports channels.  Love this streaming service !

I’m surprised YTTV doesn’t run on Amazon. I’ve been looking at PlayStation Vue. It looks really good too. Really good DVR service. My only problem with moving from Directv Now is the price I’m paying. $28.00 a month including HBO and Showtime. If I drop Showtime it would only be $20.00 I’m glad they are implementing a DVR service soon. I’m going to use the Tablo DVR device for my OTA  locals. It works on all the TVs’ in the house over my network.

#39 blueschica

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 11:36 AM

View PostMr. JD, on 17 March 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

View Postblueschica, on 16 March 2018 - 10:06 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 16 March 2018 - 09:52 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 08:16 PM, said:

View PostEagleMoon, on 09 March 2017 - 06:55 PM, said:

View PostGompers, on 09 March 2017 - 01:29 PM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 03 January 2017 - 02:09 PM, said:

TRFers, I'm researching cutting the cord. What streaming device is recommended?
Google Chrome

?
ah....Chromecast
I am now using Roku. I like it.

We ended up getting a Roku as well because we dropped cable and signed up with YouTube TV. ( It doesn't run on Amazon devices.) We could not be happier!  Quality is as good as cable, it has all our local channels and many sports channels.  Love this streaming service !

I’m surprised YTTV doesn’t run on Amazon. I’ve been looking at PlayStation Vue. It looks really good too. Really good DVR service. My only problem with moving from Directv Now is the price I’m paying. $28.00 a month including HBO and Showtime. If I drop Showtime it would only be $20.00 I’m glad they are implementing a DVR service soon. I’m going to use the Tablo DVR device for my OTA  locals. It works on all the TVs’ in the house over my network.

That is a great price! My soon to be son in law has Play Station Vue and loves it.  We pay $35.00 a month (I think they recently raised to 39.99) but no HBO or Showtime.  It has just about everything we watch, though. And we're still saving so much over Comcast!  I think we'll get the HBO streaming app when Game of Thrones comes back.




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