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Fire TV UK Unboxing

Fire TV UK Unboxing

I hear so many people ask, "How do I jailbreak my Apple TV"?

The answer is you don’t!

You go and invest properly in your living room. Buy something that goes that extra mile, ticks that final box and is the last word in the way we consume media. Take a game-changing bow - Fire TV!

 

What is Fire TV? Fire TV is a new streaming/service-based device. Straight out the box this monster piece of kit wipes the floor with its competitors’ products and at a very reasonable price too. If you have the technical know-how and an hour or so to kill, then you can load open source applications to Fire TV without the need to crack, hack or jailbreak this set-top streamer. Open source applications support local streaming, browse the internet and load open source applications on to it!

  

So straight out the box, the Fire TV follows a simple design measuring 115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm, weighing 281 grams. Quite slim then compared to other streaming and set-top boxes. Fear not, there will still be space in your living room for that set of china cats your mum bought you last Christmas!

On the reverse of the box you’ll find your power socket, plus HMDI, Optical Audio, Ethernet and USB ports. No prizes for guessing what each one does, so you can say that this little bit of kit doesn’t lack connectivity.

On the inside is where Fire TV really impresses; Qualcomm Snapdragon innards, also found in devices like the LG G3 smartphone or Samsung Galaxy tablets, equate to a quad-core CPU running at 1.7 GHz. You’ll also find 2GB RAM and a dedicated graphics chip, again from Qualcomm, the Adreno 320. Unsurprisingly then, this box probably could whip around the Nürburgring faster than a Ferrari and with specs like these, so it should. Expect uncompromised performance and minimal lag when using the Fire TV, provided you’re using a good internet connection. Perhaps more importantly though it’s the potential use that the hardware, used in the production of this device, enables the device for. It’s just remarkable how Amazon can sell you such a lot for so little. Currently they’re retailing in the UK for £64. .

In layman's terms then Fire TV is a powerful piece of equipment. For most people that’s all you need to know.

Setting up the unit is simple. Plug it into a power source, a display and connect to your home network; you’re ready to go. If you order through Amazon, someone behind the scenes there, will have pre-registered the device to match the details attached to your Amazon account. For a lot of people this will make set up even easier! Do not fear though if you need to enter fresh details into your Fire TV. Amazon has supplied you with, and I don’t exaggerate here, one of the best remote controls I have ever used for anything. Once set up, the remote has the ability to let you voice search the device for content and this is a voice search feature that actually works.

 

After initial set up is complete, you have access to a wide range of music, TV, film services and a library of over 300 video games. These include:

  • Amazon instant video
  • Netflix
  • Youtube
  • Vevo
  • WatchESPN
  • Crackle
  • Hulu Plus
  • tunein
  • Games – including titles such as Asphault 8, Minecraft and Sev Zero from publishers such as EA, Ubisoft and many more

So you can do quite a lot then for £64 apparently? Although it is worth bearing in mind, many streaming services, such as Netflix, require a monthly subscription for a nominal fee. Games will also cost you as well and titles can be up to around the £5 mark, but are often cheaper. You can also play, view your photo’s and videos saved in the Amazon cloud drive, or on your other Amazon devices, like Kindle phones and tablets. The Fire TV will do all of the above in glorious Full HD 1920x1080p, at 60 frames per second. The resulting picture is very sharp and detailed; video is fluid and smooth, everything is eye candy! 

Parent’s don’t worry, this is for you as well. With full parental controls, you can choose what content your children can and can’t access, creating custom profiles for up to 4 children, plus when the children have gone to bed, there's still a world of… errm.. adult content for you to explore!

*Please note, Fire TV requires: HDTV, HDMI cable, UK plug adapter and good internet connection for best user experience.

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