Amazon Fire TV is the Best Box to Connect to A Cord Cutter's TV

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  1. gfgray

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    Now that it has a TiVo Mini app and support for Sling TV, move your Roamio to the spare bedroom and use this as your main device to view content from both?
     
  2. davefred99

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    Doesn't the app on FireTv require a Stream or a Tivo Box that has it built in. I am using a Roamio Basic for OTA and the stream is not built in nor do I want to put out more money to add it as an add on just for this. I am looking at adding a Roku 4 for streaming more content I already have a Mini along with a Plex server I use to get a few additional channels not available from TIvo. I am looking for the perfect solution that does not exist yet.
     
  3. jcthorne

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    If you already have a plex server, install the tivo plug in and then you can see all the recordings on your tivo from anywhere you access your plex server.
     
  4. jcthorne

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    Unfortunately the current Fire TV tivo app is a poor, low resolution substitute for a real mini. Using the plex ap and accessing the tivo through the plex server actually works far better and does not require a stream device.
     
  5. JoeKustra

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    Can you confirm that the Amazon Fire TV supports 1080/p24 from Amazon movie streaming? The TiVo does, my Sony's do, and the Roku 3 (and soon 4) doesn't.
     
  6. anthonymoody

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    If Roku ever gets a full resolution tivo app, look out.
     
  7. atmuscarella

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    Roku can not play MPEG 2 files so anything recorded in MPEG 2 (most cable and all OTA) must be converted to H.264/MPEG 4 and will likely loose some resolution in the process (which is also why a "Stream" either built in or the stand alone one will be/is required).
     
  8. Bigg

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    Exactly. And therein lies the problem.

    The title of this thread is ridiculous because there is no one, single, ultimate streaming/recording/whatever device.
     
  9. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The TiVo Mini could be, if they added a few more key apps. Or if they adopted an Android OS instead so they could just use the multitude of existing apps.
     
  10. trip1eX

    trip1eX imo, afaik, feels like to me, *exceptions, ~aprox

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    IF you want a way to make cabletv look better then you've found it.
     
  11. Series3Sub

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    And Roku at some point may have to go Android as well now that Fire is strong competitor and developers incur costs making apps just for Roku.
     
  12. Jrr6415sun

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    The fire TV app is really poor quality. I would never use it over a mini
     
  13. Jrr6415sun

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    it blocks protected recordings though right?
     
  14. jcthorne

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    So does all the other streaming options except Slingbox which uses the analog loophole.

    If you have protected recordings, complain to the provider you paid to use them for not letting you watch them remotely. Its not a tivo issue.
     
  15. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I agree, it's nothing more then a player. It has none of the management features of a Mini. It's really only useful for watching TiVo from a hotel room or maybe for use in a little used extra bedroom.
     
  16. sangahm

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    While it doesn't have the management features of a Mini, it does provide another viewing option for another TV without having to purchase a Mini too. For my use, having all of my TV recordings on another TV is useful. It does provide the basics (30 sec FWD/BACK) but FF and RW would be nice. I agree that if I was going to watch more often, then I would get a Mini for full management.
     
  17. Bigg

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    It could be close, but I still wouldn't call it the king. The thing is kind of sluggish running apps, and they all have different remote conventions. It's sort of confusing switching between TV, Amazon, and Netflix, as they all behave differently. My setup is in storage right now, as I'm between places, so I only have the TiVo Mini, but when I get my setup running again, I'm going to move Netflix and Amazon off to something else, probably either Roku or the FireTV Stick. I'll have to use the built-in app for Netflix when I get a 4k TV though.
     

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