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It won't work. You need a router like they say, or you can just get an Amazon Fire Stick which worked fine for me here.
It's a device sold by Amazon for streaming video. You can stream video from them, or use other apps like Netflix, Hulu, etc.
I'm not sure about the IP restrictions mentioned above but if you are traveling and wanted to access your channels you might consider a Firestick which is only $40. Assuming there aren't the IP restrictions mentioned below it might be a reasonably alternative to carrying around your PS4 or going without.
It's not that the PC doesn't have a good control it's that the Netflix app doesn't accept IR remotes which leaves fumbling over a mouse pad. Same goes for many other programs that do no have windows apps.
Most lightweight devices are far less than $400, the aforementioned Fire TV Stick comes in at $40.
I don't know if you already have it or not but as a lover of tech myself, I really enjoy my chromecast. It's the little dongle you plug into your television to be able to cast anything from your computer to your television wirelessly through your wifi network. It's only like $35 and there are also free apps for android and apple that let you show pictures/videos from your phone to your television. (This came in handy recently when I wanted to show my family pictures from my recent vacation). I like to play pandora/youtube music when I have people over using it as well. Maybe if it sounds cool to you, you could tell them that. It's not much but it's a start. Good luck man and happy holidays.
Also, Amazon has their version called a Fire Stick if you care more about bringing prime video and netflix and television with you. I don't have one personally but they are about the same cost so it's more preference than anything.
Mountain Time Zone is the sweet spot. I just started watching EPL this year when I got cable it and it was perfect. Saturday and Sunday I get to wake up, walk the dog and then get back-to-back matches. And now that Amazon Fire has NBCSN, you can pick and choose your matches (helpful for watching Bournemouth earlier this year before everyone started paying attention). I've noticed a lot of them end up on replay pretty quickly on that app, so it's worth your $40: [link]
Maybe a chromecast or fire stick so he can cast things from his ipad to a larger television or moniter? I have one of these and I like casting videos/music/shows/movies from my computer or phone to my living room television.
> Can an Item say "Ships to WHEREVER with global shipping option" and actually NOT ship there??
Yes, Amazon wrongly shows it for some items they don't actually ship internationally. E.g. Amazon Fire TV stick shows up for me as "This item ships to Tampere, Finland." but when I try to checkout it says "Sorry, this item can't be shipped to your selected address.".
The only sure way to check is to try to checkout. If the checkout page doesn't show any errors, then the items can be shipped to you (and Amazon usually honors that even if it was just a mistake on their part).
Just an FYI, the FireTV Stick is way more powerful than the Roku Stick. Mine is nearly as quick and powerful as my Roku 3 (2013 model)
All that said, my Roku 3 is still top dog in my house, over the FireTV Stick, the Apple TV 3 and the ChromeCast.
to anyone that doesnt have a smart tv/console, you can get an amazon fire stick for like 40 bucks to watch netflix on
Not really, Android streaming has worked for a while and they aren't going to proactively support Chromecast when it is the direct competitor to their own USB streaming stick, the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Scroll down to see services. (Does support Netflix). And I think compared to a Chromecast, this is a lot more convenient, having a remote and the apps are all built in, as opposed to having another device to stream from.
Any of your media that is on a PC. I used to use a chromecast to, but then got an Amazon Firestick which is way better than chromecast IMO. It also comes with Plex for free so you don't need to pay for it. You only need to pay for it on the Xbox while it is in a "very long beta"...
It is faster, and also comes with a remote. "4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast, plus a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory." It's $39.99 but I got it for $20 the first day it went on sale. You can even play games on the firestick lol. They also sell a separate game controller, but you can use the included one for a lot of games.
Worth retiring the chromecast and getting one of these.
Just an update it appears that amazon will support windows 8.1 miracast maybe on the next update, as you can see in the comparation chart on the fire tv stick it says windows 8.1 comming soon. how soon? maybe a month maybe a year xD, [link]
I am assuming you mean the new TV doesn't have any 'smart TV' capabilities. If it has a free HDMI port then something like the Amazon Fire TV Stick is probably one of the cheapest options out there.
Looking long-term, it might be worth the investment. Amazon currently has a sale on both the Fire Stick and Fire TV (although fair warning, I've heard people complain about the latency on the Fire Stick).
The American version is showing the same, btw.
After checking aliexpress it seems that I lied about the $20 price. Android ones start at $30, for example: [link] [link]
These are going to be really shitty, but the point is, they can decode 1080p h264 content just fine, unlike vita/pstv.
Personally, if I had a budget around $40 I'd get an amazon fire tv stick [link] since it's less likely to be chinese crap, or raspberry pi 3 [link] (if you're into tinkering with your devices)
These will play common h264 content fine (no 10-bit though. this only matters if you watch anime encodes). They won't play HEVC but it will probably be 1-2 more years before HEVC starts getting mainstream.
That's it about HDMI sticks, however:
If you want to spend more money, NVIDIA Shield TV ($200) is the best android-based option: [link] - it can hw-decode h264 and hevc and generally is much more powerful device.
If you have unlimited budget, the best option is to build an intel&nvidia-based HTPC and load up plex media player on it ([link]). This will play pretty much everything and will give you the best quality video output, which is highly configurable: [link] just look at these options.
tl;dr: get amazon fire tv stick
Amazon Fire Stick
So many ways you could watch MLB.TV on your TV.
It was bought from Amazon directly.
I would go for the Nexus Player. It is supported by Google, and will be better than the Chinese boxes. You can find them on Sale for $50, but Google is still selling them full price for $99 for whatever reason.
Edit:Also the FireTV Stick might better suit your needs. It is $39 dollars, comes with a remote. I have been told it runs Plex and Videos amazingly. It has Amazon's version of Android that has most everything you need.
Get a $35 Chromecast and a dedicated $40 Android Tablet for the living room.
Edit: Woops, you said Amazon Video. Switch that to a $40 fire stick and $40 fire tablet.
Shouldn't have any problems with it if it's the same as my FireTV box.
"Dolby Audio Support for Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1"
Check out the amazon firetv stick, for the price it has everything you will need. [link]
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Fire Stick - I like the Fire Sticks better than the Chrome sticks.
If VPN is always on, then you won't be able to access the media stored on that machine, as it won't be on the same network.
I don't use Sick Beard myself, I just curate my own media.
RDP works great, just get a copy of Windows 7, or Linux and then use VNC.
I don't have chromecast, but I've used the Amazon Fire stick for $40. Kind of annoying that it wasn't just an app for the tv, but it's a one time cost. [link]
Cheapest and easiest way would be an Amazon Fire TV, it has an official app for WWE Network. [link]
While I love books, I don't really ask for them any more. I no longer really get books, music, movies or tv shows, as I can use a library or stream it all for free. I do however ask for things I'd buy anyways:
*Good Coffee beans (maybe consider a grinder or new coffee maker, etc)
*Socks - Darn Tough's rule - lifetime warranty and made in USA
*Garmin 520 for bike riding and racing
*Amazon Fire TV Stick - Cheap and can do so much with them - like sideload Kodi.
*Amazon Prime membership
*Card Against Humanity - Seriously, this is the best.
Not the OP, but I do have some questions about your firestick suggestion.
> The only possible use of transcoding is if you really want to stream to an old TV that can't hack modern formats (in which case get a fire stick)
You say this, but looking at various fire TV docs suggests the fire stick doesn't really support much either.
> Content Formats Supported || Video: H.264
Not very promising.
This one suggests that the MKV container format isn't supported for anything other than vorbis audio, no video.
This is a pretty pathetic level of support, just about as much as my current bluray player for which I already need to transcode everything. Do you have experience with firesticks which contradicts these claims? What level of support is there for soft subtitles (not baked into video stream)?
This is what I got, only $40 [link]
No, however a cheap alternative is the Amazon FireTV Stick. Under $40 and will play 1080p like a champ.
I've heard good things about the Amazon FireStick as well: [link] . I have not used it myself, but I've considered it when thinking about Sling.
On my laptop, I mainly only watch Netflix. When I watch on my TV, I have an Amazon Fire TV stick which has Kodi loaded on it. I can pretty much watch anything on Kodi. Saturday night I streamed the UFC pay per view event, but fell asleep before the Ronda Rousey fight came on.
As for re-watched shows, my wife and I are currently watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She has watched them before. I have not (so no spoilers please). When we are done with these two, I am going to introduce her to some classic HBO shows like The Wire and Deadwood.
Edit. Added more links.
Amazon Fire for $24
Looks like you want the FireTV Stick with Kodi. You can set up a media server (such as Serviio) on your PC to stream to it, or even cast from a phone or tablet. Alternatively, the full size FireTV can play media from a USB flash drive, also with Kodi.
With both options, you even get the benefit of using apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and many others.
You can learn more at /r/kodi, /r/xbmc, and /r/fireTV
Oh wow, never knew the MS stick was like that by default. That's odd that it doesn't even come with a wall adapter either. As it's just a mirroring receiver, I wonder how little current it needs. Does it have a UI? How simple is it?
The Chromecast's wall adapter will provide up to 850mA. USB 2.0 can only do 500mA. So if it's marked as USB, it'll definitely have the right pins in the right places and provide enough current for most things like booting up and some of the features. I just know of people posting in here with problems of glitching and random resets, and the fix was to switch to the wall wart.
However, the FireTV stick comes with an adapter (a 2.5A one at that), and Amazon specifically tells you to use it on the product page.
> #Simple to set up
If you don't have any issues, I guess continue on as normal. If you encounter any problems, just remember that one of your troubleshooting points will be to try using the wall for power. I think the reason most TVs have USB ports nowadays (other than for diagnostic/service when it goes in for repair) is for sticking a flash drive of media in the back to view in the SmartTV UI. Powering a flash drive requires a lot less power.
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The "stick" product is OVER HERE and costs $39 (as opposed to $200).
The regular FireTV is RIGHT HERE for $99 (not $250)
Do you need windows on it?
What about a raspberrypi 2?
Fire tv stick? Works like a champ with Plex.
If you need windows you could always hold out a few weeks for this.
Amazon was advertising that you could watch it on hbo go, via the amazon fire stick tv gadget thingy on the 12th.
So sounds like it'll be on hbo go right away.
edit, or maybe not, I swear I thought it said the 12th, here's the advert though:
edit 2 to include the link the advert went to
Chromecast - $35
Amazon Fire TV Stick - $39
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter - $59.95
Roku Streaming Stick - $49.99
Apple TV - $69
Amazon Fire TV - $99
Roku Streaming Media Players - $49.99-$89.99
There are several of these HDMI dongles, the Chromecast was very early in the game, and it had a massive PR boom. None of the others have done so well.
Among the others, the Roku Streaming Stick has a good chance at making some waves, especially if their next version is like the Roku 3. The Amazon Fire TV Stick has a reasonable chance to be successful, especially at the somewhat reasonable price along with the remote control.
This Vudu Spark and the Matchstick (using Firefox OS) will have no chance. I'm not certain the Matchstick will be ever be released, much less be successful.
Disclaimer: I have a Chromecast, and am using it right now. Actually watching MST3K.
Ma got me an Amazon TV Fire Stick! :) Loving it!
if u bought it on amazon within the last 3 weeks u have a gen 2, they stopped selling official gen 1s around the beginning of October
I realize your in an Apple thread, so not sure if you're only wanting an Apple product, or just didn't know where else to look.
but a FireTV stick will do it for about $40.
Or the box, which is more powerful for about $100.
If you're only after an Apple product, sorry for the distraction.
Amazon Fire TV Stick [link]
Amazon Fire TV [link]
> Because you want a living room device, at low cost relative to your PC.
So a low cost living room device...
Steam link If you got a gaming PC. You can literally play every game on your TV. It streams it over your home network to your TV.
Nvidia Shield Same thing as steam link. Little pricier though. Need an Nvidia card in your PC.
A PS4. And you get to play PS4 exclusives.
Just want to watch netflix/hulu/amazon?
Fire stick TV. 40 Bucks.
I still don't see why you would ever get an xbox now. The only downside I can see is that you can't play xbox exclusives in the living room. You have to play on a PC. But that still doesn't even make since to me since I can easily move my PC gaming rig into the living room and hook it up to the TV with an HDMI cable...
Do your research next time, especially when it comes to technology. It sounds like the Chromecast isn't really the answer to your needs. Considering you have an iPhone, I'm curious as to why you didn't just go with an Apple product. Have you heard of the Amazon Fire TV stick? Obviously it works with Amazon Instant Video, but it also has HBO Go compatibility and a physical remote. I'd say that addresses pretty much all your issues with the Chromecast.
Roku is neither twice the cost of a Chromecast, nor does it has half the content.
Amazon has a wonderful comparison page where you can see the Fire Stick, Chromecast, and Roku Stick side by side. All of which can be plugged into an HDMI with a tiny dongle.
Cheapest reliable "non-hackneyed" method is Fire TV Stick