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04-17-2014, 10:18 PM #1
Amazon Set to Expand Fire TV Voice Search to Third Party Apps/Services
Many noticed an issue in Amazonís Fire TVís voice search, which is one of the platform's main features, with a lack of compatibility with third party services and apps. According to Amazon, they are working out deals with big-name content providers to merge their full catalogs with the Fire TVís search function in hopes to fix the known issue. Some big-name content providers on the list so far include Hulu Plus, Showtime Anytime, VEVO, and Crackle.
David Limp, Amazon Devices Vice President announced recently,
We're excited and energized by the momentum we're seeing with Fire TV. Customers are telling us they love it, developers are building for it, and we're working hard to expand existing features and build new ones.
The $99 Fire TV is a great option for Amazon Prime subscribers, but for users not dedicated to Amazonís ecosystem, there are only limited benefits compared to the Apple TV and Roku.
Source: Amazon (Press Release)
Last edited by Akshay Masand; 04-17-2014 at 10:27 PM.
04-18-2014, 05:20 AM #2
The $99 Fire TV is a great option for Amazon Prime subscribers, but for users not dedicated to Amazonís ecosystem, there are only limited benefits compared to the Apple TV
Amazon lets you sideload apps onto their Fire TV so you can install XBMC, unlike Apple where you have to have a jailbroken ATV2 to allow sideloading
FireTV would give me Netflix, XBMC, PLEX and Amazon Instant Video, ATV only gives me Netflix, the FireTV would be a winner for me if they released it in Europe
04-18-2014, 10:18 AM #3
Fire TV doesn't giveyou access to your local content. You have to upload it all to Amazon's cloud to stream it back to your own TV (if you can fit all your content in their limited cloud space) that's a big deal-breaker for me!
04-18-2014, 03:07 PM #4
XBMC and plex on FireTV give you local access to all your files.
Think there is also a way to access your ULTRAVIOLET content even though you can not use VUDU. Sideload apps for android I believe. Also might work for HBOGO via sideload android.
04-20-2014, 01:49 PM #5
I've been thinking about getting a Fire. I have two ATV's that I use right now, but I have a prime account and am wondering if this would be worth getting. Any Fire users that have ATV as well that want to give me some feedback? Much appreciated!