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With a list price of $70, the Amazon Fire TV is one of the most affordable media streaming devices with support for 4K HDR video. Today it’s the cheapest by far.
Amazon is offering the 2017 Fire TV for $45. The Fire TV Stick, meanwhile, is on sale for $25.
That matches the best price to date for the 1080p-ready Fire TV Stick with an Alexa Voice Remote, and it’s the best price ever on the 4K-ready Fire TV.
The only catch is that the price is exclusively available for Amazon Prime members.
That said, if you’re not a Prime member you might be better off with a Roku device, since they officially support YouTube, Google Play Movies, and other channels that aren’t available on a Fire TV.
Then again, Amazon Fire TV products can also do a few things that Roku devices can’t. They support more games, can run sideloaded Android apps, and can run media center software like Kodi (or MrMC if you’re looking for a version that’s available in the Amazon Appstore so you don’t need to sideload anything).
Personally, I made the switch from an Amazon Fire TV Stick to a Roku Streaming Stick+ a few months ago and I’ve been pretty happy with the switch. The Roku boots more quickly and supports more of the channels that I need. The user interface is also less cluttered. And while I kind of miss being able to use Kodi, the ability to use Plex to stream content from my network-attached storage device has helped ease the loss.
But if you’re just looking for a cheap 4K-ready media streamer? A Roku Streaming Stick+ currently sells for $70, while the Amazon Fire TV is $45 for Prime members.
All I’m saying is if you want a Fire TV device, today’s a good day to buy one. And if you want the discount, but you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial.
just a tip . the firetv can NOT write on usb
I have an old NAS box that contains a TwonkyMedia service and that plays fine through the Roku Media Player channel. That channel can also play video from my Windows Home Server running PlayOn, or you can use the PlayOn channel on the Roku for more control (like triggering a background record operation). YouTube has grown in importance enough that until it has stronger competition I see that as a must-have, preferably without hacks or awkward goofiness like phone ‘casting. Kodi is all about piracy (yes I know you can leave out the DRM-busting add-ons but we really know what’s going on there).
It’s really not though. I’ve been using Kodi for years, and I’ve never once installed a piracy plugin. I just found the interface for streaming from a share network drive a lot simpler and more straightforward than the process of setting up a Plex server and client system. I used to use Kodi on my HTPC, then on my Fire TV Stick. I only really got around to setting up Plex last year when I switched from and HTPC to a NAS and from a Fire Stick to a Roku Stick.
Ok, if you say so. 😉 But man, does it sure seem to draw in the Basement Deplorables!
Maybe? But again, not really. We’ve been using it at the local makerspace for years to play our legally obtained music collection while we work on our various projects. I don’t know what proportion of users use less than legal means, but all the use I’m familiar with is well above board.
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