Amazon Fire TV for £69 with code @ Tesco
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Amazon Fire TV for £69 with code @ Tesco

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Found 28th Oct 2014
Just seen Tesco have the Amazon Fire TV in stock @ £79, but use one of the plethora of £10 codes to get it for £69.

Obviously not as good as the pre-order £49, but by fat the best price available now.

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TDXR-WRTP £15 off instead on a £75 spend may be account specific but some will be able to use it as i received it in a email a few weeks ago and valid til end november

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jynx88

TDXR-WRTP £15 off instead on a £75 spend may be account specific but some … TDXR-WRTP £15 off instead on a £75 spend may be account specific but some will be able to use it as i received it in a email a few weeks ago and valid til end november


I just tried that code and it comes up as account specific - thanks anyway!

Good price but I'm holding out for the google version

Chromecast still better option

ukripper

Chromecast still better option



Chromecast is very limited.

rev6

Chromecast is very limited.



You can stream your own media files content including music/movies/TV/AVI/MPEG/MOV/MKV ( from NAS or from your local mobile phone/tablet/computer/chrome broswer) to chromecast connected to your Telly.

Play vevo, youtube, bbc iplayer, netflix, BT Sport, Google Music, Stream from Plex server to Plex client on chromecast, real player cloud content streaming, rdio (online jukebox)...I guess it is pretty limited

ukripper

You can stream your own media files content including … You can stream your own media files content including music/movies/TV/AVI/MPEG/MOV/MKV ( from NAS or from your local mobile phone/tablet/computer/chrome broswer) to chromecast connected to your Telly.Play vevo, youtube, bbc iplayer, netflix, BT Sport, Google Music, Stream from Plex server to Plex client on chromecast, real player cloud content streaming, rdio (online jukebox)...I guess it is pretty limited



It's a middleman, it needs something else to play from. That is limited. I don't want to have a PC running 24/7 so it can stream from it, may as well plug my PC into the TV and run XBMC.

rev6

It's a middleman, it needs something else to play from. That is limited. … It's a middleman, it needs something else to play from. That is limited. I don't want to have a PC running 24/7 so it can stream from it, may as well plug my PC into the TV and run XBMC.



So how does firetv solves it for you?

ukripper

So how does firetv solves it for you?



Android TV devices (not Android TV) in general allows playback from a USB HDD. And not just that. It's Android on your TV. Chromecast is limited in that respect.
Edited by: "rev6" 28th Oct 2014

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Install xbmc and then get all the free films, pork and sport streamed direct of the net..... Something chromecast can't manage, our else stream your own media off a hard drive.

Ea

rev6

Android TV in general allows playback from a USB HDD. And not just that. … Android TV in general allows playback from a USB HDD. And not just that. It's Android on your TV. Chromecast is limited in that respect.



You still have to turn on HDD and firetv to watch it on telly makes no difference in the end.

ukripper

EaYou still have to turn on HDD and firetv to watch it on telly makes no … EaYou still have to turn on HDD and firetv to watch it on telly makes no difference in the end.



Portable harddrives don't switch off, they're powered by USB.

rev6

It's a middleman, it needs something else to play from. That is limited. … It's a middleman, it needs something else to play from. That is limited. I don't want to have a PC running 24/7 so it can stream from it, may as well plug my PC into the TV and run XBMC.



If it's local media you want to play most people could have this stored on a USB drive plugged into their router and served up via DLNA. Then you can use something like BubbleUPnP to stream it to your Chromecast (as well as having it available to all other devices on the network). the Chromecast is the only truely unlimited media streaming device because it doesn't depend on manufacturer support for apps. It won't age. Unless your set on getting a 4K TV (which current ones don't support) it will still work as well and feel as fresh in 10 years as it does now. Everything else is limited and will start to feel aged and perhaps a little unloved in a few years. But these won't. It needs the other terrestrial TV channels to get their act together and support it in their apps... that's just embarrassing.

It's lack of native support for AC3 audio aside (which is bugging me a bit right now), there is nothing friendlier to use, and nothing which is going to improve so rapidly in the coming years. They're certainly not limited, their simplicity is their greatest strength.

Edited by: "PurplePerson" 28th Oct 2014

PurplePerson

If it's local media you want to play most people could have this stored … If it's local media you want to play most people could have this stored on a USB drive plugged into their router and served up via DLNA. Then you can use something like BubbleUPnP to stream it to your Chromecast (as well as having it available to all other devices on the network). the Chromecast is the only truely unlimited media streaming device because it doesn't depend on Manufacturer support for apps. It won't age. Unless your set on getting a 4K TV (which current ones don't support) it will still work as well and feel as fresh in 10 years as it does now. Everything else is limited and will start to feel aged and perhaps a little unloved in a few years. But these won't. It needs the other terrestrial TV channels to get their act together and support it in their apps... that's just embarrassing.It's lack of native support for AC3 audio aside (which is bugging me a bit right now), there is nothing friendlier to use, and nothing which is going to improve so rapidly in the coming years. They're certainly not limited, they're simplicity is their greatest strength.



Then I need to invest in a DLNA TV and a router with USB network sharing which I don't currently own. Fire TV supports torrents, XBMC, Showbox, and everything else your phone and tablet can handle. Plus it has a nice remote. I'm not saying Chromecast is a bad device.

rev6

Then I need to invest in a DLNA TV and a router with USB network sharing … Then I need to invest in a DLNA TV and a router with USB network sharing which I don't currently own. Fire TV supports torrents, XBMC, Showbox, and everything else your phone and tablet can handle. Plus it has a nice remote. I'm not saying Chromecast is a bad device.



No. The Chromecast is what you 'cast' the video too. If you had a DLNA TV you wouldn't need the Chromecast. Physical remotes will never be as good as apps. I'm not saying these are bad devices either. I was almost tempted to pre-order one and the Roku stuff isn't bad either. My main point is only that Chromecasts are not as limited as people think, though do have a real weakness with on demand UK TV. There are more compatible apps than are listed in the Google Play Store. Will they suit everyone? No, of course not. Lots of people will prefer a more traditional system because it's what they are used to, and that's cool because the're fine as well.

PurplePerson

No. The Chromecast is what you 'cast' the video too. If you had a DLNA TV … No. The Chromecast is what you 'cast' the video too. If you had a DLNA TV you wouldn't need the Chromecast. Physical remotes will never be as good as apps. I'm not saying these are bad devices either. I was almost tempted to pre-order one and the Roku stuff isn't bad either. My main point is only that Chromecasts are not as limited as people think, though do have a real weakness with on demand UK TV. There are more compatible apps than are listed in the Google Play Store. Will they suit everyone? No, of course not. Lots of people will prefer a more traditional system because it's what they are used to, and that's cool because the're fine as well.



DLNA is not the best thing to play movies from. It can be extremely fussy and annoying. You're best off with XBMC as it handles anything. XBMC built into TV's would be good.

rev6

DLNA is not the best thing to play movies from. It can be extremely fussy … DLNA is not the best thing to play movies from. It can be extremely fussy and annoying. You're best off with XBMC as it handles anything. XBMC built into TV's would be good.



OK. You can stream video from a normal Windows/SMB/CIFS share direct to the Chromecast using something like Localcast. No DLNA at all.

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That'll be the PC using 300W+ of power whilst you're streaming?

This thread has got way off track, so unless you have a cheaper place to buy an Amazon Fire TV perhaps your chat would be more suited to a "chat forum" instead?
Edited by: "N1Andy" 28th Oct 2014

My fire TV is great, for £50 as a pre order deal.
Installed Showbox and Xbmc within the hour and now have an ultimate TV box -
BBC iPlayer, the usual TV catch up, Netflix and Amazon, Showbox and XBMC - not to forget to mention the really decent gaming performance using a spare Bluetooth ps4 controller, Asphalt 8 is great fun and looks great for a TV box game.
Apple really missed a trick not getting gaming on the Apple TV

N1Andy

That'll be the PC using 300W+ of power whilst you're streaming?This … That'll be the PC using 300W+ of power whilst you're streaming?This thread has got way off track, so unless you have a cheaper place to buy an Amazon Fire TV perhaps your chat would be more suited to a "chat forum" instead?



That's a bit OTT. More like 60 watt.

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rev6

That's a bit OTT. More like 60 watt.


A decent size monitors will use more than half that on it's own, and I'd suggest most base units will use between 150 to 200w when transcoding the video stream. Perhaps 300w was a tad excessive, but not so far out in my opinion, especially if you have a decentish gfx card in there. My pc draws far more than 300w, but then I'm running a power hungry AMD gfx card.

Basher Walls

My fire TV is great, for £50 as a pre order deal.Installed Showbox and … My fire TV is great, for £50 as a pre order deal.Installed Showbox and Xbmc within the hour and now have an ultimate TV box -BBC iPlayer, the usual TV catch up, Netflix and Amazon, Showbox and XBMC - not to forget to mention the really decent gaming performance using a spare Bluetooth ps4 controller, Asphalt 8 is great fun and looks great for a TV box game.Apple really missed a trick not getting gaming on the Apple TV



You can use a PS4 controller on this thing? Interesting.....

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HinseyHonsey

You can use a PS4 controller on this thing? Interesting.....


There's quite a few controllers you can use - a wired 360 controller (or the PC version with the wireless adaptor) is my favourite.

What code are you using?

right here is the setup i use at home with chromecast maybe handy for someone as we are all talking about casting and playback devices.

Zyxell nas running mirrored hdd. my android phone automatically downloads shows/movies and syncs it to nas overnight and 0 maintanence. using localcast i cast those movies onto chromecast with only switching tv on. now before u say about consumption. my nas goes into standby mode in case of no use and uses about 2 watt in standby and casting is about 12 watt. so overall setup cost is much much lower than normal htpc streaming per year with real comfort.

Original Poster

.....and obviously that NAS was free?
It's all relative really, for some Chromecast is great, but for others possibly not. I've got a Chromecast and I much prefer using a proper unit (roku/Atv/FTV), but then that's what works for me.

Original Poster

Ahhh, bless you!

N1Andy

A decent size monitors will use more than half that on it's own, and I'd … A decent size monitors will use more than half that on it's own, and I'd suggest most base units will use between 150 to 200w when transcoding the video stream. Perhaps 300w was a tad excessive, but not so far out in my opinion, especially if you have a decentish gfx card in there. My pc draws far more than 300w, but then I'm running a power hungry AMD gfx card.



If you were trancoding to a TV you wouldn't need the monitor on and most movies just need re-muxing not re-encoding.
Edited by: "rev6" 29th Oct 2014

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rev6

If you were trancoding to a TV you wouldn't need the monitor on and most … If you were trancoding to a TV you wouldn't need the monitor on and most movies just need remuxing not re-encoding.


A quick google indicates that we may be somewhere inbetween - if, like me, you have a discrete gfx card in your PC then the power is substantially higher (around the level I proposed), whereas if you have a basic PC with onboard gfx then it will likely be a lot lower (~100w).

Basher Walls

My fire TV is great, for £50 as a pre order deal.Installed Showbox and … My fire TV is great, for £50 as a pre order deal.Installed Showbox and Xbmc within the hour and now have an ultimate TV box -BBC iPlayer, the usual TV catch up, Netflix and Amazon, Showbox and XBMC - not to forget to mention the really decent gaming performance using a spare Bluetooth ps4 controller, Asphalt 8 is great fun and looks great for a TV box game.Apple really missed a trick not getting gaming on the Apple TV



How easy was it to install XBMC and Showbox? Have Showbox on my Kindle Fire and wouldn't mind putting it on my Fire TV as well.

Original Poster

I followed a tutorial online for XBMC and it was fairly easy - took about 5 mins. No idea on Showbox though.

N1Andy

I followed a tutorial online for XBMC and it was fairly easy - took about … I followed a tutorial online for XBMC and it was fairly easy - took about 5 mins. No idea on Showbox though.



Thanks. I'll give it a try.

So does anyone know one of the "plethora" of £10 codes that anyone can use?

Also, fyi everyone, fire tv can't read files from an attached usb drive, so local streaming or nothing for your own files...

TDX-HTRW just worked for me... £10 off £50 orders, has to be your first order though i think

Basher Walls

My fire TV is great, for £50 as a pre order deal.Installed Showbox and … My fire TV is great, for £50 as a pre order deal.Installed Showbox and Xbmc within the hour and now have an ultimate TV box -BBC iPlayer, the usual TV catch up, Netflix and Amazon, Showbox and XBMC - not to forget to mention the really decent gaming performance using a spare Bluetooth ps4 controller, Asphalt 8 is great fun and looks great for a TV box game.Apple really missed a trick not getting gaming on the Apple TV

hi! I just want to ask how did you manage the showbox to work? Can you pls. Share a link? I manage to put showbox but its not working properly... Thanks

I ordered a fire TV stick £38 delivered with import fees included. No voice search unless upgrading remote and dual core but practically the same. Will also buy google TV Box when they come out. Best of both worlds Between the two. Buy a Moga controller for this the Amazon one isn't good for games.

I seen the advert and apparently you can only watch Fast & Furious 6 save yourself 60 quid and get the blu ray.

Xbmc just install genesis add on - can save you even hunting down the showbox app.
Showbox only works with a mouse/keyboard but it's easiest to use.

Showbox only works with a mouse/keyboard?
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