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    News - Amazon brings Fire TV to the UK to rival the Apple TV and Roku

    The powerful £79 set-top-box will come with iPlayer, Netflix, Spotify and others.
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    Re: News - Amazon brings Fire TV to the UK to rival the Apple TV and Roku

    I pre-ordered mine a couple of months ago with the possibility of rooting and adding more storage via the USB port, unfortunately since then amazon have released a couple of firmware updates that have made the Fire TV unrootable.

    The 8Gb storage is the only concern I had as I wanted to use this as a games console.

    I'll be returning this I think.

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    Re: News - Amazon brings Fire TV to the UK to rival the Apple TV and Roku

    I'd be interested to see how the likes of Minecraft work on this... Anyone tried yet?

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    Re: News - Amazon brings Fire TV to the UK to rival the Apple TV and Roku

    mine arrived a couple days back, £49 instead of the £79. It also has ITV player on it, well at least its got an app for it, right next to BBC iPlayer. It may not work, havent tried it.

    First impressions are very good

    Voice control - recognises my accent around 95% of the time, so far scores higher than Kinect. Searching by voice is fast and easy.

    Interface - Very similar to the Amazon Prime (Lovefilm) GUI as you would expect with a few more options, came registered to my account, as this box is for my mother it has to be simple to use (she aint daft, just not confident with tech). Only thing I would change is that I would like different watchlists for different users. Would save trawling through screens to find something that you put to the side months ago.

    Picture - 1080p, not had a moments buffering or even a hint of slowdown on the menus so far, impressed.

    Looks - Slightly bigger than a CD case, slightly.. Matt Black, single light on it, controller minimalistic, v.few buttons, also matt black. As I currently have a sky+box, VCR and DVD player as well as the in-use TiVo in this cabinet, its good to have a box that is small enough to side on top of any of these. I will be removing the DVD and Sky+ replacing them with black blu ray player.

    Gaming - no idea, not what I bought it for, have no controller for it but might mess with it at some point.

    Gripes - The fast forward/rewind appears to jump 10 secs at a time, not faster or slower and the screen doesnt move while this is happening, not a biggie but might be updated at some point in future.

    Content - lot of PPV stuff as well as free Prime stuff. I wouldnt consider it without Amazon Prime. Worth putting a pin on the purchase stuff so cant accidentally buy an episode of a series at £2.49 or whatever

    overall : 9/10 from me, based on a couple hours viewing and 30 mins messing around with it, this may change.
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    Re: News - Amazon brings Fire TV to the UK to rival the Apple TV and Roku

    I'd be more interested in it if it were able to seamlessly access Windows network shares on a local network, especially if it were able to out-do Mede8er in terms of this, as the problem with Mede8er devices is that they experience random issues with Windows network shares from time to time that can only be solved by restarting the host PC.

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