Amazon FireTV Review


There is no shortage of streaming media players competing for space below your TV these days. Just a few short years ago these devices were the domain of tech-savvy users and often weren’t the most user friendly offerings. Roku arguably offered the first painless solution that your mom could use, and since then major players such as Google and Apple have released popular offerings. Amazon has decided to jump into this increasingly crowded market with the newly launched FireTV. The FireTV uses industry leading hardware to deliver Prime streaming service coupled with digital downloads and rentals from Amazon, but also includes essential providers like Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, Pandora, iHeartRadio and others. The FireTV further sets itself apart by offering casual gaming and a bit more with the optional game controller. Read on to find out if FireTV can follow-through on Amazon’s plan to take over your TV.


The FireTV is a simple black box, measuring 4.5”x4.5” and standing only 0.7” tall. It is not meant to stand out visually, but what’s inside is rather impressive. The FireTV uses a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz paired with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM; basically the same configuration as last year’s flagship devices like the HTC One or Galaxy S4. Around back is HDMI and optical audio outs, an ethernet jack, USB 2.0 port and power in. It has dual-band, dual-antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi built in with support for a/b/g/n networks in case you don’t have a wired connection handy. It supports Dolby Digital Plus, the only streaming box to do so.

The FireTV pairs with a simple remote via Bluetooth 4.0. It has a 5 way d-pad and a handful of buttons for navigation and media control, the most notable being the voice input button. The curved bottom half nestles comfortably in your palm making the remote very natural and comfortable to use.



1. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Waited awhile to see exactly what this thing would be capable of. Though I am impressed, the lack of Google Play services, HBO GO and the price (it is a fair price, but $65 more than a Chromecast) turned me off. I went with a Chromecast instead. The gaming feature is nice, but I have a new PS4 and have no need for a cheap secondary console.

2. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

In what way does it support DD+? The roku 3 allows passing of DD+ signals to a DD+ capable receiver so I'm not sure the Fire is the only box to support DD+.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Would've expected an S800 since that is what they use in their tablets.

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It is half the price of the tablets, so that probably has something to do with it. I wish there was more Chromecast app support, because I am thinking that something like this or the Roku feels needed even though I already have a Chromecast, due to its lack of apps that support it.

5. alinuxer

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

I had a chromecast and I did get the Amazon Fire TV, the Fire TV is way easier to use and setup to get American channels such as US Netflix , Hulu Plus and the likes ... see​tv

6. confin222

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2015

The fire tv is only 74.99 on amazon right now.

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