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[The Source] Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa remote - $39.99 | 4K - $54.99 (also at Staples + Best Buy + Amazon)

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Thanks OP. Just got 2 with $10 off coupon...this will be good for iptv in the bedroom or for travel ;)
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KevCnew wrote:
Jun 13th, 2019 12:45 pm
Just picked up one. Any luck with it controlling a Denon receiver and a Samsung TV? I've used Chromecast for the longest time (for youtube and netflix, since it's so easy to cast from phone/laptop); but I went with this for IPTV capabilities. Do I now need the FIreTV app to send youtube/netflix?
No, it is not necessary as the Firestick is an Android device (i.e. like a tablet with HDMI output to TV) so you just run the particular YouTube, NetFlix, CraveTV, CBC, CTV, Global, etc app that you install on the stick. YouTube video can be casted as the Firestick will show up as a casting device selection but cannot Chromecast as no Google Services on the stick.
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WetCoastGuy wrote:
Jun 13th, 2019 1:34 pm
No, it is not necessary as the Firestick is an Android device (i.e. like a tablet with HDMI output to TV) so you just run the particular YouTube, NetFlix, CraveTV, CBC, CTV, Global, etc app that you install on the stick. YouTube video can be casted as the Firestick will show up as a casting device selection but cannot Chromecast as no Google Services on the stick.
Thanks for the response! I really prefer using my phone's keyboard to search on youtube/netflix/etc; rather than using the included remote like on smartTVs. Youtube can be controlled via phone, but not Netflix? Thanks,
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Wanted to help those out who needed it. The firestick remote has limited features and controls for IPTV. However you can map some keys by going into settings and changing some functions into the colored buttons that help you search/find movies and what not.
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is the staples coupon still valid? I dont see it on the staples site currently?
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KevCnew wrote:
Jun 13th, 2019 1:38 pm
Thanks for the response! I really prefer using my phone's keyboard to search on youtube/netflix/etc; rather than using the included remote like on smartTVs. Youtube can be controlled via phone, but not Netflix? Thanks,
Youtube, "Yes". NetFlix has a casting option on their apps so I think it should be able to but I don't have NetFlix to confirm.
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KevCnew wrote:
Jun 13th, 2019 1:38 pm
Thanks for the response! I really prefer using my phone's keyboard to search on youtube/netflix/etc; rather than using the included remote like on smartTVs. Youtube can be controlled via phone, but not Netflix? Thanks,
Just checked. Both allow keyboard input from the phone.
Netflix and Prime video searches can be done through in-built Alexa as well

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WetCoastGuy wrote:
Jun 13th, 2019 1:34 pm
No, it is not necessary as the Firestick is an Android device (i.e. like a tablet with HDMI output to TV) so you just run the particular YouTube, NetFlix, CraveTV, CBC, CTV, Global, etc app that you install on the stick. YouTube video can be casted as the Firestick will show up as a casting device selection but cannot Chromecast as no Google Services on the stick.
AirReceiver is add that feature to the FireTV stick. Plus AirPlay, YouTube Cast, etc. $3 app though but well worth it. I just found out about it yesterday and I love it!
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got a 4K stick for me.
will a 4K stick work correctly in a non 4K tv (buddy question).
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michelangelo88 wrote:
Jun 13th, 2019 3:16 pm
AirReceiver is add that feature to the FireTV stick. Plus AirPlay, YouTube Cast, etc. $3 app though but well worth it. I just found out about it yesterday and I love it!
Oh boy... Nothing can replace chromecast. It uses certified by google keys. And only mibox and shield have them. AirPlay is kinda work but it is always 50/50 game. I used to buy that paid version, and comparing to the Chromecast it was a nighmare. Sometimes works, sometimes not, sometimes crashing... Ended up buying mibox from us Walmart and not looking back.
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redflagdealsguy wrote:
Jun 7th, 2019 12:26 am
You can load IPTV apps on the Fire Stick (4K and Regular versions). That simple.
Can I load Chinese tv streaming apps like Tianmao? Would there be a lot of difference or even considered an upgrade if I went from the Xiaomi 4K box to Fires TV 4K?
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wolandca wrote:
Jun 15th, 2019 10:37 am
Oh boy... Nothing can replace chromecast. It uses certified by google keys. And only mibox and shield have them. AirPlay is kinda work but it is always 50/50 game. I used to buy that paid version, and comparing to the Chromecast it was a nighmare. Sometimes works, sometimes not, sometimes crashing... Ended up buying mibox from us Walmart and not looking back.
Can you please clarify the functionality you lose by going Fire vs Chromecast? thx
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Approx. how many apps can one install on the 4K Stick without affecting its smooth operation?

Also, Googling which apps/apk are the best to install seems to yield different results. I haven't used them much to truly see if they are good but so far, I've installed CyberFlix, Cinema Free and LiveNet TV. I'm interested in knowing what you guys think about Mobdro? There seems to be a few flavors of this app around and just concern about installing a bad one. If someone can PM a good link, that'd be great.

Finally, is installing a few media players necessary? I currently have MX and VLC installed. Should I keep both?
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NeedaSuit wrote:
Jun 15th, 2019 9:45 am
got a 4K stick for me.
will a 4K stick work correctly in a non 4K tv (buddy question).
Yeah and it will work even better then the non 4K stick because it would be faster

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