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I've got 3 TVs with Fire Sticks but we rarely watch any Prime programmes and use Netflix and Plex much more. We now have Now TV and can only watch on our other smart TVs. I'm wondering if it's worth… Read More
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5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
I've got 3 TVs with Fire Sticks but we rarely watch any Prime programmes and use Netflix and Plex much more.
We now have Now TV and can only watch on our other smart TVs. I'm wondering if it's worth switching some to Roku sticks so we have access to everything on one device. Has anyone had both and give a good comparison? I've heard people say the Roku is slow but is it slower than a Fire Stick (I already find them slow enough)

Any help appreciated.
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5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
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#1
I've only had a roku. And so far it it awesome. I put a private channel on it called "ZTV" (I think it was) and I get live tv in Uk and us. Movies (old and new. Watched barbershop 2016 the other day) and religious channels. Some sport aswell but not BT or Sky sadly.

But the fire stick seems good aswell as you can get Kodi on it. And from what I've heard it does the same as ZTV.

Hope this helps?
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Get a Firestick. You can do so much with it. Sideload mobdro for streaming free and paid live TV ( ITV, BBC, Sky 1, Sky Sports, BT Sports,Fox ect) and sideload Kodi then install the exodus extension for free movies (I've watched movies of kodi that are not long out in the cinema) and tv programs, there are loads of stuff on kodi to keep the whole family entertained for a lifetime, its got a great library of films ect. This all sounds really complicated but there are loads of easy to follow tutorials if you type it in on youtube or google.

Your firestick will be slow because of internet connection most likely. I get a great experience from mine but I have really fast Fibre broadband so this is most likely why I dont have a problem with mine.

Edited By: Emmzrocks on Nov 22, 2016 18:31
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Emmzrocks
Get a Firestick. You can do so much with it. Sideload mobdro for streaming free and paid live TV ( ITV, BBC, Sky 1, Sky Sports, BT Sports,Fox ect) and sideload Kodi then install the exodus extension for free movies (I've watched movies of kodi that are not long out in the cinema) and tv programs, there are loads of stuff on kodi to keep the whole family entertained for a lifetime, its got a great library of films ect. This all sounds really complicated but there are loads of easy to follow tutorials if you type it in on youtube or google.
Your firestick will be slow because of internet connection most likely. I get a great experience from mine but I have really fast Fibre broadband so this is most likely why I dont have a problem with mine.

Thanks both. I've tried Kodi and agree it can be great but to be honest this is for the kids and the dining room TV so needs are met with Plex (as then can control what can be accessed and not effected by internet etc)

I do find the fire sticks 'clunky' when in apps it's not to bad but compared to my iphones/iPads and new Now TV box (the latest smart one) I find fire TV really slow. Could just be me being impatient?

Ideally I could just put Now TV on the Firestick and that would do but doesn't seem an option.
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Emmzrocks
Get a Firestick. You can do so much with it. Sideload mobdro for streaming free and paid live TV ( ITV, BBC, Sky 1, Sky Sports, BT Sports,Fox ect) and sideload Kodi then install the exodus extension for free movies (I've watched movies of kodi that are not long out in the cinema) and tv programs, there are loads of stuff on kodi to keep the whole family entertained for a lifetime, its got a great library of films ect. This all sounds really complicated but there are loads of easy to follow tutorials if you type it in on youtube or google.
Your firestick will be slow because of internet connection most likely. I get a great experience from mine but I have really fast Fibre broadband so this is most likely why I dont have a problem with mine.
Thanks both. I've tried Kodi and agree it can be great but to be honest this is for the kids and the dining room TV so needs are met with Plex (as then can control what can be accessed and not effected by internet etc)
I do find the fire sticks 'clunky' when in apps it's not to bad but compared to my iphones/iPads and new Now TV box (the latest smart one) I find fire TV really slow. Could just be me being impatient?
Ideally I could just put Now TV on the Firestick and that would do but doesn't seem an option.

It looks to be rather difficult to sideload Now Tv to firestick for some reason, I've never tried as I find I have plenty to watch between kodi and mobdro. I do understand the need to control the stream being watched though, mobdro streams the playboy channel so I wont allow my kids to have one in their room oO. Only other suggestion I would have is an android box, you can install now tv, kodi or anything else you want on it. A half decent android box would be faster if the speed of the firestick annoys you. Roku sticks do not work any faster than the firestick. I know what you mean by the firestick running a little sluggish in apps (from my experience roku sticks are the same) but this doesn't bother me but I suppose could annoy others.
Hope this helps :)

Edited By: Emmzrocks on Nov 22, 2016 19:46: forgot some info
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another vote for the fire stick - best option if you want to load Kodi and agree with Emmzrocks with the android box suggestion if you want Now TV specifically. We have had issue with trying to add Now to the firestick

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