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    Are firesticks better than android boxes?

    Someone was telling me that they're faster and the remote is blue tooth so you don't need to point them at the device. I was under the impression that android boxes have better capabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twister View Post
    Someone was telling me that they're faster and the remote is blue tooth so you don't need to point them at the device. I was under the impression that android boxes have better capabilities.
    It depends what you want to do with it?
    Bluetooth can be had on both devices.
    Most content is the same once you have kodi installed.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Addons4Kodi/

    In terms of better capabilites, android boxes are not all the same some have better hardware than others.
    You have to do your research to determine what you want and what the market offers.

    Generally speaking, some things to look for is 4k support, wifi, bluetooth latest android version and general support from the community or manufacturer.
    It really depends how far you want to go down the rabbit hole.
    Do you want to pay for an IPTV provider?
    Do you want storage space for offline movies or TV shows?
    Does it need to be portable?
    What is your budget?

    Another option is building an htpc.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/htpc/wiki/faq

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvyeah View Post
    It depends what you want to do with it?
    Bluetooth can be had on both devices.
    Most content is the same once you have kodi installed.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Addons4Kodi/

    In terms of better capabilites, android boxes are not all the same some have better hardware than others.
    You have to do your research to determine what you want and what the market offers.

    Generally speaking, some things to look for is 4k support, wifi, bluetooth latest android version and general support from the community or manufacturer.
    It really depends how far you want to go down the rabbit hole.
    Do you want to pay for an IPTV provider?
    Do you want storage space for offline movies or TV shows?
    Does it need to be portable?
    What is your budget?

    Another option is building an htpc.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/htpc/wiki/faq
    Thanks for the links will check them out, I have an older mygica that has android 4.4 and it can't be updated, mygica made a kodi 17 that would fit on 4.4 but I'm thinking of getting a new box. My box still has 4 cpu and 8 x gpu. The guy told me that with firestick he doesn't use kodi anymore and that its old software. Firestcik supposed to have something better. I try to get sport addons and live tv and movies although movies I can get with torrent. I was eyeballing a x96 mini box that factory direct had on sale for $39 and apparently can handly iptv which I found at the flee market for 20 bucks a month (but didn't buy yet, I'm on a budget so I have to watch it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twister View Post
    Thanks for the links will check them out, I have an older mygica that has android 4.4 and it can't be updated, mygica made a kodi 17 that would fit on 4.4 but I'm thinking of getting a new box. My box still has 4 cpu and 8 x gpu. The guy told me that with firestick he doesn't use kodi anymore and that its old software. Firestcik supposed to have something better. I try to get sport addons and live tv and movies although movies I can get with torrent. I was eyeballing a x96 mini box that factory direct had on sale for $39 and apparently can handly iptv which I found at the flee market for 20 bucks a month (but didn't buy yet, I'm on a budget so I have to watch it)
    I like firesticks, have bought 6 of them and given some of them to family. I build an HTPC box a few years ago and dont use anymore. Firestick is easy, remote is great with voice, cheap if you buy it on Prime Day, gets updated regularly, allows you to install VPN, gives you access to Kodi, DAZN, Prime, Netflix, IPTV provider, great support (YouTube). I have not seen any downside, although I dont download anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Instead View Post
    I like firesticks, have bought 6 of them and given some of them to family. I build an HTPC box a few years ago and dont use anymore. Firestick is easy, remote is great with voice, cheap if you buy it on Prime Day, gets updated regularly, allows you to install VPN, gives you access to Kodi, DAZN, Prime, Netflix, IPTV provider, great support (YouTube). I have not seen any downside, although I dont download anything.
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    I built a HTPC to but switched from Kodi to Stremio mostly for tv and movies

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldwinger_ca View Post
    I built a HTPC to but switched from Kodi to Stremio mostly for tv and movies
    It uses mpv...
    I'll have to check it out.

    VLC is shit, I don't care, it used to be the go to but now, without a doubt mpv is the best video player out there.
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    With a Firestick 4K ($69.99 on Amazon) you can also cast to it from your other devices...mobiles, tablets, PC, etc.
    Chromecast devices may not support some of your audio/video formats.

    I use an old Linux PC as a NAS, a Vero4K+ box running OSMC for my media player, and Yatse as a remote app on my mobile.

    I am just about to switch from a Chromecast to Firestick4K on my non-smart TV, as the Chromecast does not support 5.1 DD.
    ...and the Chromecast is always sending a ton of data back to Google...just like every app from the Play Store.

    Firestick will be on Amazon's Black Friday sale on Nov.24!
    Last edited by Mythos; 11-20-2019 at 10:26 AM.

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    I like firesticks also.

    Got Kodi 18.5 installed on my Firestick device. Seems to run very well unlike balky old Kodi 17.6 that was totally removed.

    Used this excellent clip for installing Kodi 18.5.
    Clip also included some very helpful tips on making Kodi work/run better which I was not aware of.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfDu7U9JhOg

    This Xanax Kodi 18.5 build comes with 'The Crew' and 'Exodus Redux' already included, along with a few other add-ons.

    The MP3 Music Stream add-on is great and included in the Xanax build.


    With Firestick you can install 'Filelinked' which gives you capability to install 100s of other apps not found in the Firestick app store.\


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    I found that installing Kodi on Firestick really easy not. Easier then before. 18.5 is much better was well.

    I didn’t know about Filelinked. Thanks for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythos View Post
    With a Firestick 4K ($69.99 on Amazon) you can also cast to it from your other devices...mobiles, tablets, PC, etc.
    Chromecast devices may not support some of your audio/video formats.
    !

    Man, I just started a thread in section asking this similar to this. Maybe someone here can help me. I have credentials to a streaming t.v service called dream t.v. I can get in on my phone, but not my smart t.v. I even tried google chrome cast but its not supported. I was told I need one of these fire sticks. Once I get the fire stick, what's the next steps in the process. Do I need to get this kodi thing??? I just simply want to watch the paid app I have for dream t.v on my phone to my t.v as it has tons of channels. I don't need anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black booty lover View Post
    I just simply want to watch the paid app I have for dream t.v on my phone to my t.v as it has tons of channels. I don't need anything else.
    Check out YouTube which has many helpful videos on how to do just about anything with Firestick, Kodi, et al.

    Smart TVs vary with what you can do with them. Sometimes it's better to just plug a laptop or PC into your Smart TV, via HDMI cable, which turns it into a second PC monitor capable or showing whatever you get on your PC onto your Smart TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black booty lover View Post
    Man, I just started a thread in section asking this similar to this. Maybe someone here can help me. I have credentials to a streaming t.v service called dream t.v. I can get in on my phone, but not my smart t.v. I even tried google chrome cast but its not supported. I was told I need one of these fire sticks. Once I get the fire stick, what's the next steps in the process. Do I need to get this kodi thing??? I just simply want to watch the paid app I have for dream t.v on my phone to my t.v as it has tons of channels. I don't need anything else.
    Try this:

    https://firestickhelp.com/dream-tv-firestick/

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    The Firestick does not support casting, it supports "screen mirroring". There is a big difference.
    With Kodi 18.5 installed on the Firestick it will play most files, except for 4K HEVC files with high bitrates.
    Occasionally, Firestick background processes may effect a running video, but I have noticed this only a couple times.
    Somes apps (Teksavvy ) require you connect the Firestick to an AVR HDMI port, instead of a display port, to get 5.1 DD audio. Don't know why Teksavvy is dragging their butts on fixing this, most other apps are fine. Something to consider if you have an older AVR without HDMI ports.
    Other than those 2 issues, the Firestick 4K is excellent value for the money.

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    I am thinking of getting the 2019 Nvidia Shield Pro for streaming and gaming.

    According to this guy it is the best android tv box for 2019. It will even play your steam PC games.

    Anyone have any experience with nvidia shield?


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    Huston we have a problem!!!

    All top android tv boxes are sold out including the Nvidia shield.

    I am now looking into the mini TV PCs


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    I built a HTPC to but switched from Kodi to Stremio mostly for tv and movies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythos View Post
    With a Firestick 4K ($69.99 on Amazon) you can also cast to it from your other devices...mobiles, tablets, PC, etc.
    Chromecast devices may not support some of your audio/video formats.

    I use an old Linux PC as a NAS, a Vero4K+ box running OSMC for my media player, and Yatse as a remote app on my mobile.

    I am just about to switch from a Chromecast to Firestick4K on my non-smart TV, as the Chromecast does not support 5.1 DD.
    ...and the Chromecast is always sending a ton of data back to Google...just like every app from the Play Store.

    Firestick will be on Amazon's Black Friday sale on Nov.24!

    So I just got this today, and got it all set up. The only problem is, I'm getting the ever so dreaded "soap opera effect" when playing content on my fire stick. Doesn't know how to turn this off?
    Last edited by black booty lover; 05-23-2020 at 08:58 AM.

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    Have been running both Roku and Firestick for the past 2-3 years and they both run fairly decent on smart and dumb TVs.


    However have found smart TVs vary with what you can do with them. IMO it's better to just plug a laptop or PC into your Smart TV, via a simple HDMI cable. This turns it into a second PC monitor capable or showing whatever you get on your PC onto your Smart TV showing more than Roku and Firestick ever will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black booty lover View Post
    So I just got this today, and got it all set up. The only problem is, I'm getting the ever so dreaded "soap opera effect" when playing content on my fire stick. Doesn't know how to turn this off?

    After some research finally got this solved.

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