Amazon Fire TV Stick

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  • #51119
    Jeffrey Kopp
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    If anybody cares, I bought a Fire TV Stick after my daughter visited and noticed we use rabbit ears, and suggested I get a smart TV to stream with. I discovered a Fire TV stick was a cheap alternative ($40) to a new TV. It plugs into the HDMI port of my dumb TV and has a cord to a USB power supply.

    The remote is clean and simple, but the menus on screen are a jumble. So far I have watched a couple reruns on Tubi and Prime Video.

    To keep this somewhat on topic for the Portland Radio thread, I was surprised to notice Tubi has local commercials.

    #51126
    mwdxer1
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    Commercial streaming services have access to IP addresses, so they know what area you live in. That way they can tailor the ads for each market. I use both Fire TV sticks, Cube, and the Roku’s. Between the streaming devices, I no longer need my big dish, which I am finally getting rid of. Add in OTA, & Dish I have access to about anything I might want.

    #51132
    semoochie
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    I’ve used Firesticks for years but am currently down to only one. I don’t need it with the smart TV.

    #51170
    Jeffrey Kopp
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    While I get all the local channels well on the living room TV, whose amplified antenna is five feet off the ground, I despaired of getting always clear channels (particularly OPB) on the bedrooom TV. So I signed up for Locast to stream the local channels, and am trying it out.

    #51173
    Jeffrey Kopp
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    I followed a youtube blogger on how to shut off the sleep timer of the Fire TV Stick using a free utility called AdbLink. Now when I turn the TV on it’s right where I left it.

    #51222
    Jeffrey Kopp
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    I discovered Locast has a phone app, now I can watch local TV on my phone! Woo-hoo!

    #51223
    mwdxer1
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    I also picked up Locast for $5 a month. Who knows how long it will be around, but I hope for quite a while. Out here on the Oregon Coast we do not get all of the Portland TV stations. Locast doesn’t have all of them either, but several more than we get OTA.

    #51224
    Andrew
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    I had a Fire Stick for a while, but I really didn’t care for it. I bought a Google Chromecast instead and much prefer it – I bought a second one for my other TV. I like the idea of not having a remote other than my phone, and I have a spare Android that I use as a second remote for the other TV. I like that I can cast from my laptop too not just my phone.

    I have rabbit ears also, but there are so many apps with free TV and movie content e.g. Pluto and Plex that I have plenty to watch. I also have a Plex server at home with my media library on it, and I can cast my content to my TVs with Chromecast. I’m guessing Amazon has an app for Plex casting also, but the Google solution has worked really well for me.

    #51225
    semoochie
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    I thought Locast was free!

    #51227
    DarkStar
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    Locast requests a $5 per month donation. The donation removes the requests for the $5 donation, so take that any way you want.

    #51228
    mwdxer1
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    The only way to watch Locast without ads every 15-20 minutes is to sub for $5 a month. It is a great service. I agree, with so many free apps on the Roku’s & Firesticks, there is more out there to watch that I can’t even get to. I often go through all of the new Roku apps, and I get over-whelmed. Many of the diginets are now streaming like Buzzr, Circle, Comet, etc.

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