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Old 01-05-2017, 11:34 PM   #1
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Amazon Firestick vs Amazon FireTV

Ok tech heads talk to me.. I'm in the mist of canceling my cable service and keeping my internet because I feel that cable prices have risen to ridiculous amounts and the service is no different. I have heard that the Amazon Fire stick is an excellent choice and replacing actual cable TV. I would like to know can you watch local stations.. Local stations in HD as well as other movies in HD.. Are Sports of All Kinds readily available such as NBA games NFL games.. And how is the speed?.. Feel free to add anything else you think would help and my decision thank you
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Old 01-05-2017, 11:48 PM   #2
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Ok tech heads talk to me.. I'm in the mist of canceling my cable service and keeping my internet because I feel that cable prices have risen to ridiculous amounts and the service is no different. I have heard that the Amazon Fire stick is an excellent choice and replacing actual cable TV. I would like to know can you watch local stations.. Local stations in HD as well as other movies in HD.. Are Sports of All Kinds readily available such as NBA games NFL games.. And how is the speed?.. Feel free to add anything else you think would help and my decision thank you
Its not a replacement.

In order to come close to what you get on cable, you would have to get the following:

- a fire stick/fire TV
- Subscribe to something like Playstation Vue or Sling TV so that you can get some basic cable channels like ESPN/CNN and the major broadcast nets like NBC and CBS.

The reason people say Amazon Fire could be a cable replacement is because of the software Kodi but 1) watching cable content on Kodi is illegal/pirating 2) it isnt really reliable (dead links and mostly non-HD content) and 3) The quality isnt always great.

For me a Fire Stick is perfect for people who want to significantly cut their bill and are OK with having 30-40 channels. If thats you, a fire stick is perfect. Its also great as media streamer (what I use it for).

I cant get it because it isnt reliable and user friendly enough. If I told my wife that we got rid of cable and now she has to hunt through Kodi to find links to her favorite Bravo shows...she would divorce me.
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The reason people say Amazon Fire could be a cable replacement is because of the software Kodi but 1) watching cable content on Kodi is illegal/pirating 2) it isnt really reliable (dead links and mostly non-HD content) and 3) The quality isnt always great.
I've heard differing opinions on the reliability of Kodi, particularly the sound.

As far as the legal aspect of it, is it crystal clear? Amazon had the app available until last year but dropped it and issued this as a reason, “Kodi can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content,”.
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Its not a replacement.

In order to come close to what you get on cable, you would have to get the following:

- a fire stick/fire TV
- Subscribe to something like Playstation Vue or Sling TV so that you can get some basic cable channels like ESPN/CNN and the major broadcast nets like NBC and CBS.


The reason people say Amazon Fire could be a cable replacement is because of the software Kodi but 1) watching cable content on Kodi is illegal/pirating 2) it isnt really reliable (dead links and mostly non-HD content) and 3) The quality isnt always great.

For me a Fire Stick is perfect for people who want to significantly cut their bill and are OK with having 30-40 channels. If thats you, a fire stick is perfect. Its also great as media streamer (what I use it for).

I cant get it because it isnt reliable and user friendly enough. If I told my wife that we got rid of cable and now she has to hunt through Kodi to find links to her favorite Bravo shows...she would divorce me.
Got rid of directv, got Vue and fire stick for my bedroom.

Watch my fav shows either by watching live, or recording it on the dvr.

Got a chromecast to use if i want to watch tv in another room and i can use my phone /tablet/pc or whatever to watch vue or anything else i want.

It's perfect for me because im not a tv junkie, i have shows i like, and some channels but overall I can do without the extra money being shelled out for junk channels mainstream services make you get.

Seriously who watches 300 channels on average?
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I've heard differing opinions on the reliability of Kodi, particularly the sound.

As far as the legal aspect of it, is it crystal clear? Amazon had the app available until last year but dropped it and issued this as a reason, “Kodi can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content,”.
You can access illegally streamed content, but you can access legal content through Kodi as well. I'm sure most use it for the illegal content, but that's not it's sole purpose.
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If you want to watch local channels get a HD antenna and you can use a TiVo for DVR purposes


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I've heard differing opinions on the reliability of Kodi, particularly the sound.

As far as the legal aspect of it, is it crystal clear? Amazon had the app available until last year but dropped it and issued this as a reason, “Kodi can be used to facilitate the piracy or illegal download of content,”.
kodi works fine. I use it to watch the NHL games in HD, because my cable provider only has center ice in SD
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Its not a replacement.

In order to come close to what you get on cable, you would have to get the following:

- a fire stick/fire TV
- Subscribe to something like Playstation Vue or Sling TV so that you can get some basic cable channels like ESPN/CNN and the major broadcast nets like NBC and CBS.

The reason people say Amazon Fire could be a cable replacement is because of the software Kodi but 1) watching cable content on Kodi is illegal/pirating 2) it isnt really reliable (dead links and mostly non-HD content) and 3) The quality isnt always great.

For me a Fire Stick is perfect for people who want to significantly cut their bill and are OK with having 30-40 channels. If thats you, a fire stick is perfect. Its also great as media streamer (what I use it for).

I cant get it because it isnt reliable and user friendly enough. If I told my wife that we got rid of cable and now she has to hunt through Kodi to find links to her favorite Bravo shows...she would divorce me.
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