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Fire TV vs Blu-ray Player with Amazon Video App

Discussion in 'Amazon Fire TV' started by wordbuilder, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. wordbuilder

    wordbuilder New Member

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    Since my Blu-ray player has the Amazon Video app is there any reason for me to have a Fire TV box? Aside from games and voice search, does it offer anything I'm not already getting?
     
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    jonw747 Well-Known Member

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    The Fire TV hit the 500 App mark, and there are many 1000's more available if you care to root it.

    So, hard to say without some idea of what you might like to do that your Blu-ray player can't do.

    Go to Amazon.com and try a search for Fire TV apps.
     
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    My Blu-Ray player also has Amazon Video, Netflix, etc ... ( it's a Samsung with access to their AllShare apps or whatever they call it). Nice Plex app too on the Samsung. But, I rarely use it now. The Fire TV is just faster in terms of moving around the GUI. The Blu-Ray player is a bit sluggish in that sense, and the layout is not as nice. Minor issues really but you really get used to the faster interface.

    Philip
     
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    Thanks for the answers. I'm not really interested in the apps (at least, not at this point). I just want to stream video. Philip, I have a Samsung so I'm probably seeing the same thing you were. Searching on the Blu-ray player is a bit clunky.
     
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    jonw747 Well-Known Member

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    That's a really good point.

    My ATV3, Roku2, GS7, and even my Quad Core Android Stick are not as snappy as my Fire TV.

    My GS7 and Stick are certainly not as stable.

    Before buying the FTV, I'd drifted over to using my PS4 when I could because it was snappier, but the FTV turns on instantly and doesn't crank on a fan which is always nice.

    Stability and responsiveness are pretty darn important, but not things we could always take for granted from the previous generation of products.

    But is that worth plunking down $84 when something else gets the job done?
     
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    Sounds good. I actually bought one but noticed the app on Blu-ray player, so didn't unbox the Fire TV. I'm going to keep it and give it a whirl.
     

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