Amazon Instant Video is not Enough. What Else Can Amazon Fire TV do?
Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick offer an unparalleled video streaming experience. Quickly becoming the hottest streaming box and stick on the market, you are hard pressed to even find them available at your local electronics store. Learn why in the below article.
A few years ago, Amazon released a media set-top box called the Amazon Fire TV and a streaming stick called the Fire TV Stick. This video streaming box is an Internet-connected device that lets you watch video from services via an internet connection, on your TV.
Definition of a Complete Cable TV Alternative
Before we start dissecting Amazon Fire TV and Stick, lets talk about what a cable TV alternative is, and or should be.
The greatest weapon in a cord cutter’s arsenal is a video streaming device. For those of you that don’t know; a video streaming device enables you watch video streaming services like Amazon Prime, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO GO and of course from Amazon Instant Video on your TV.
A Video Streaming box (media set-top box) that aims to be a complete cable TV alternative, should provide:
STREAMING SERVICES – Access to video content from sources as possible. The more options you have, the better chance you have at taking advantage of low prices and new content.
USER INTERFACE – A user friendly interface for easy searching and navigation. Jumping from show to show or movie to movie, should be as easy as changing channels on a standard Cable TV remote control.
OTA INTEGRATION – Most importantly, and notably ignored by most, a set top box with this goal integrate broadcast TV into their interface and offer a way to record it via a DVR.
In short a you need a solution that can act as the foundation in which you build upon with streaming services and access to free broadcast television. Let’s look at Amazon’s Fire TV video streamer and see how it matches up to these requirements.
Roku TV Review: Supports Netflix, DirecTV Now, Hulu, Sling TV and More
(Edited and Republished 6.22.17) Most of us know Roku as a small black box that allows you to instantly stream your favorite TV shows and movies to your TV, but most are unaware of how much content is really available, and that there is now a Roku TV, Roku Stick and new Roku boxes available. Not only can you stream tens of thousands of movies and TV shows from services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, DirecTV Now (check out promo below) & Amazon Video On Demand (VOD), but you can also stream sporting events and music from Pandora, iTunes, and MOG.
Roku offers seven types of streaming devices and is widely used by people looking for cost effective alternatives to Cable Television. Their product suite includes a line of streaming players, a streaming stick, and TVs with built in Roku streaming technology.
Produced by the company Echostar, this new device hopes to work in conjunction with your OTA antenna and your Sling TV account to give you an untethered OTA experience. Dubbed AirTV, the device is, for all intents and purposed, a re-purposed Sling Box for OTA television.
“AirTV’s local TV integration gives it a leg up on similar streamers like the Roku Ultra, which provides 4K video for the same price point but has no way to include local broadcast channels in its interface. Sick of losing local channels when you cut the cord?” January 3, 2017 MashableContinue reading What is AirTV?→
Falling in Love with TiVo Bolt’s Slick Features and Elegant Design
TiVo’s top tier iteration to the OTA DVR Streaming Box brings together your OTA signal, DVR and all your streaming options via a single smooth interface. No need to switch from device to device in order to find the show you want to watch.
One of the most valuable assets in a cord cutters toolbox is the OTA DVR. A drawback to over-the-air (OTA) television is that if you miss a show, you miss the show; but DVR’s help restore that balance by helping you record everything. For many cord cutters, the DVR is the bow they use to tie off their cord cutting experience; so making the right choice is always critical.
Most recently, DVR giant TiVo unveiled their next generation of home DVRs, dubbed the Bolt. The Bolt is a product upgrade on their existing, yet similar product, the TiVo Roamio. This latest iteration of the companies home DVR is meant to provide an all in one entertainment experience, replacing all other streaming devices and cable boxes in your home.
How Retirees are Cutting Cable, While Keeping the Shows they Love
As you start to reach retirement age, one of the things you start thinking about is reducing needless expenses. Whether it’s turning down the thermostat or switching to generic brand cereal, there’s always something that can be done. Most recently, more and more people at retirement age have been looking at ditching cable and seeking out a cable TV alternative; and it’s easy to see why.
How a Smart Speaker could help fill the void Cable TV left behind
When discussing ways to cut the cord and ditch cable, we most often talk about online streaming services and digital downloads. In fact, 99 percent of cord cutting coverage is dedicated to strictly visual mediums like television and film. But despite what you may hear, there’s more than one way to kill the cable bill.
Introducing the Mohu BeBox
To emphasize this point, in today’s article I am going to be discussing Mohu’s latest device, the BeBox.I have purchased two of these speakers myself and I have been completely blown away with how much I love them. The BeBox is what you would call a smart speaker; essentially a speaker system with an Android tablet built in. This Android based interface opens you up to a word of possibilities.
4 ways a Smart Speaker like the Mohu BeBox, can act as a viable Cable TV Alternative:
Cord Cutter’s Guide to Using Kodi as your Open Source Media Center
The great thing about cutting the cord and using a cable TV alternative is the amount of freedom that it gives you. Depending on cable TV might be slightly more convenient at times, but the cable television experience is often limited and restricted by the desires of corporate suites; rather than technological constraints.
My favorite cord-cutting tool has always been the open-source media center; mostly because it allows me to access all of my media from whatever device I choose. Perhaps the most famous, and quite possibly the best, open-source media center is Kodi, formerly known as XBMC.
But even when it comes to Kodi, the devil is always in the details. And most recently, I have been inundated with questions about how to set up the free media center. Instead of trying to answer every single question individually, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post showing you how to set up Kodi.