Apple TV vs Amazon Fire

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by oldhifi, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. oldhifi macrumors 65816

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    I have Amazon Fire now, but should I get the newest Apple TV, I have some iTunes concerts I would like to watch on my TV..but what is the big difference, I have a plasma TV and not going to upgrade anytime soon. I have Amazon Prime & Netflix.
     
  2. HobeSoundDarryl, Jan 11, 2018
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    Visit Apple's site or an Apple store and consider the features & benefits of :apple:TV vs. the Fire you already own.

    Else, how badly do you want to watch those concerts without perhaps hooking up your computer to your TV long enough to do so? How invested you are in the Apple ecosystem and/or how invested you wish to be invested should mostly decide this for you. OR, maybe there are a few apps available to :apple:TV that you consider "must have" but are NOT available on Fire? You have a LOT of Apple hardware. How important is easily Airplaying from that hardware to your TV? These kinds of considerations are probably the bulk of it in helping you decide.

    Lastly: Google is your friend. Do a search for Apple TV vs. Amazon Fire. It will give you many articles comparing the two. Read those articles and/or watch those videos and you should quickly arrive at your answer.
     
  3. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    Oh the apple tv is worlds better than the fire tv. Hell, anything is better than the firetv. Performance on the fire tv has never been great. It puts amazon content first. Not a lot of apps. I could go on.
    I'm not in apples ecosystem but love the ATV. And I own or have owned many streaming devices.
     
  4. mikef07 macrumors 6502

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    I mainly use plex and I like the Fire TV over the Apple TV. Again 90% of my use is on plex.
     
  5. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    The problem with plex on the firetv stick is limited format support. So more transcoding. You get greater support on the ATV but can also use infuse which interfaces with your plex library, doesn't transcode and supports HD audio.
     
  6. Michelasso macrumors regular

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    I tested Plex again in my ATV 4K after the Jan 11 update (but I don't have the server 1.11.x, it requires the Plex pass) and all I get is transcoding. It doesn't like my HEVC files. Does Plex server 1.11 fix it?

    ? Isn't the Plex support in Infuse supposed to come with version 5.7? Sorry, not to argue, but I was investigating about Plex in the ATV 4K just a couple of days ago.
     
  7. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    It still works with plex server. The support mentioned would allow it to integrate more closely, update play counts, etc.
    Transcoding can come from container, video or audio files. HEVC is supported so it could be transcoding the audio.
     
  8. tonyr6 macrumors 65816

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    I agree. Since the Amazon Prime Video app arrived on the Apple TV I disconnected my Fire TV so called 3rd gen turd which is slower than the 2nd gen box.
     
  9. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

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    I’m actually the other way around. I use my Fire Tv a lot more than my Apple TV. The interface for Plex isn’t as nice as with the Apple TV. But I can use Alexa and Plex commands to play my movie library. And there aren’t many apps that are Apple TV exclusive. Pretty much every app I use on my Apple TV, I can find on the fire tv. And it’s much easier to side load apps on the fire tv.
     
  10. Michelasso macrumors regular

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    I suppose you mean the UPnP/DLNA connection, then. Yes, well, that works. But I preferred to make some Infuse libraries and sync them all with trakt.tv (there is a plugin for Plex). The hard disk is the same, so it's same content.

    I feel like zapping it and installing it again, because from either web interface, Android TV and ATV 4K mine is a complete mess. Not only most of my stuff transcodes (and it doesn't even start on web interface), but some HDR HEVC demo videos don't start at all, they crash the converter with a message in the Plex client.

    PS: Sorry for hijacking the thread!
     
  11. Solver macrumors 6502a

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    After Amazon prime showed up for the Apple TV, I gave the fire TV to my son.
     
  12. archer75 macrumors 65816

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    HDR doesn't work in plex on the atv. You have to use infuse for those.
     

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