How Amazon Fire TV Stacks Up to Competition

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about the feature table: apple tv HAS internal storage, otherwise movies wouldn't be stored for later viewing when renting them.
 

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Another damn box. No Gigabit port. Will it support repositories and can I install XBMC on it?
agree'd. people need to jump on the HDMI IN bandwagon like Xbox One. I havent hit the INPUT button on my remote for months, hell i havent even used a remote in a few days. Voice commands FTW
 

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If it costs me like a buck plus shipping to buy an hdmi cable in some places online why can't amazon include a free one
 

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Chromecast just needs to go away...useless at this point. If you're intrenched with iTunes you get Apple TV..if not you get Roku...end of story.
 

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Just a nitpick, for the Roku the boxes come with a remote. Not sure if the stick does or not, although IIRC they advertise that you can use a mobile app to control the Roku stick.As for the whole RAM & internal storage...I guess that depends on what the boxes use it for. Except for account login information, my Roku box isn't really storing anything internally: everything is stored on the channel providers' external servers, otherwise I'd have 2 separate Netflix queues (1 for my Wii, 1 for my Roku), which kind of defeats their purpose. And while there might be some requirements on codec processing for higher-resolution formats, the biggest bottleneck on streaming video speeds is going to be your broadband connection: a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM won't help someone if they're still "rocking" a 1 Mbps DSL connection.The short story is, Amazon's Fire TV box is more expensive than my Roku was, has a heck of a lot fewer channels, & doesn't provide any additional features that set it apart from anyone else. So, Roku for the win for me.
 

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Another damn box. No Gigabit port. Will it support repositories and can I install XBMC on it?
agree'd. people need to jump on the HDMI IN bandwagon like Xbox One. I havent hit the INPUT button on my remote for months, hell i havent even used a remote in a few days. Voice commands FTW
I think we should adopt Display Port instead of HDMI, especially since Display has a lot more room to grow than HDMI, and does not cost anything extra to add on.
 

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Doesn't the Apple TV have 8gb storage too? I know it's probably only for caching, but the way that Fire TV preloads content sounds a lot like it mostly uses the memory for caching too, even if you do have some control over it. Just saying! Still, the quad-core processor in the Fire TV is interesting, but I'm most interested by the possibilities of what else this little machine could be used for after installing Linux for example…
 

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Uh - 1200+ Channels!! Not to mention the underground ones which Amazon and Google would never Touch (I threw away my AppleTV 5 years ago). Roku's published interface for channel creation remains the differentiator - IMHO
 
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