Fire TV 4K Stick or Roku 4K Stick?

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Fire TV 4K Stick or Roku 4K Stick?

  1. Fire TV 4K Stick

    23 vote(s)
    57.5%
  2. Roku 4K Stick

    17 vote(s)
    42.5%
  1. chiguy50

    chiguy50 Well-Known Member

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    I show the same half-price discount for the Fire TV 4K ($25). As a Prime member, I did not need to apply any promo code, but the discount only shows upon checkout.
     
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  2. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    I just voted for Firestick 4k. That said, I have annoying issues with both. At the moment, thanks to sideloading, I can actually get more of the apps I use on Firestick. I prefer the Roku UI and the smoother playback on apps like Disney+ and AppleTV+ than the Firestick, but I have a lot of problems with Roku remotes not correctly controlling volume and power on Sony and Samsung TVs. The overall experience is better for us with the Firestick, even though it is less intuitive and full of ads. There is just less frustration.
     
  3. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    FWIW: I picked up an NVIDIA Shield for the living room, where we do most of our viewing. It is a pricey option, like the AppleTV is, but the overall experience is better. The only real downsides I've found so far relate to App availability, which all platforms suffer from.
     
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  4. wizwor

    wizwor Active Member

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    Please explain how the more expensive options are better. More apps? Faster? I hate the Apple remote and saw nothing special about the UI except iStuff support.
     
  5. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    Sure. Just my opinion of course. I would not say app availability is better. From my commonly used apps, Android TV is missing AppleTV+ and SundanceNow while Firestick is missing HBOMax and the soon to be released Peacock. The user experience is faster, smoother, and much more customizable, assuming you don't change the launcher on Firestick. By default, I don't have to wade through nearly so many button presses on the remote to get to where I want to go.

    Also, the PQ is much improved on my UHD tv with HD content. The real kicker is Disney+ content doesn't look all choppy/laggy on playback which has been a problem for us on the Firestick since the first day we got Disney+. We had been watching Disney+ on Roku as a result, but it has its own problems.

    I suspect not everyone will think it is worth the price, and I am not sure it is worth getting a Shield for all of our TVs, but it is a nice experience upgrade for where we spend most of our time watching TV. If it had all the apps we use, it might be an easier sell.
     
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  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I really like my SHield TVs for playback of my UHD MKVs. All my UHD BD titles have been ripped to MKV for Plex to access. And my SHield TVs can play them back in HDR10 and Atmos/DTS:X with no issues.(And soon Dolby Vision with my 2019 Shield)
    And I can also play back my 2K BD ISOs with Atmos/Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD MA, using Kodi. But no menus from the BD ISOs. It will play back menus from DVD ISOs. But I also stopped watching DVDs fifteen years ago, in 2005.
     
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  7. mrsean

    mrsean Active Member

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    Peacock is rumored to be coming to the FireStick next month.
     
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  8. shwru980r

    shwru980r Well-Known Member

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    I use the third gen Fire TV pendant device. It was Amazon's first 4K device. I got it for $17 at Target when they were closing them out to make room for the 4K stick.
     
  9. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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  10. wizwor

    wizwor Active Member

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    Thank you both. I appreciate the information.
     
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  11. kcarl75

    kcarl75 Active Member

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    Has anyone bought an inexpensive replacement remote for a Roku express that has power and volume controls? There are a few on Amazon but the reviews don’t give me a lot of confidence.
     
  12. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    This one?
    Streamer Remote
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    Yes, I have a couple of them. Works great if you get a JP1 and use Remote Master. I got it mainly for the backlight. However, being IR only, there is no chance of it working with a TS4K or a Fire Stick.
     
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  13. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    I haven't read any reviews. But if I were to write one, I'd say:
    - The manual programming process is very complicated and confusing
    - The quality feel, ergos and back lighting are all excellent
    - It's a bit bulkier than it looks
    - The buttons have a soft but still audible click which may be distracting for some
    - If you can swing an additional $7, a JP1 cable makes programming much easier

    I take back the bit about it not working with a Fire stick. I forgot that if you buy a USB IR dongle like the Inteset IRe TV, you can use any remote with it, including this one. But that's another $25.
     
  14. kcarl75

    kcarl75 Active Member

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    Was kinda hoping for less than $10. The extra remote is not that huge of an inconvenience.
     

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