Fire TV Remote App with Video

One of the benefits to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick is the availability of the free app which is available for iOS and Google Play store. The below snapshots are from the Google Play Store.

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Once installed, open the app and select the device. I forgot to turn on the WiFi on my Samsung Galaxy S4 so I wasn’t able to find it initially.

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Once found, select your FireTV Stick.

 

 

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Once you are in, you will go through a quick tutorial on how to use the app. It is quite useful as not all the functions of the app is that intuitive or self explanatory.

Below is a snapshot of the app.

On the top row and from left to right, it is the options menu, the voice search, and keyboard.

In the gray region, you can use it to navigate through the menu by using your finger and swipe to the menu you want on your TV.

At the bottom row, there is the back, home, and menu button.

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If you hit the 6 small dots just above the home button, you can expand to additional menu for rewind, play, and fast forward.

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To use the voice function, slide down your finger from the mic at the top of the screen down. While keeping your finger on the screen, say your keyword that you want to search. Once you are done, let go of your finger.

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See my video demo below.

Opening the battery cover for Fire TV Stick Remote

One of the complaints I have heard is how hard it is to open the battery cover on the Fire TV Stick Remote. I did a video on how it can be opened. Please note that I have already opened it during my unboxing video so it is a bit conditioned. I did have trouble when I first opened it but as you can see now, I can open it with one hand (thumb).

Using the Fire TV Stick HDMI Connector

I completely forgot about the HDMI extender which came with the Amazon Fire TV Stick when I was making this video last night. It was late and I was a bit tired but this extender has resolved my issue of not being able to access the USB port on the Amazon Fire TV Stick. I made a video and have uploaded it to youtube detailing how to use the HDMI connector. It worked like a champ. For aesthetic reasons, you may want to use zip ties to hide the TV stick and the USB cables.

Fire TV Stick Won’t Fit in TV HDMI Port

I came across a problem with my Fire TV Stick. My Samsung TV doesn’t have enough room to plug the USB cable for my Fire TV Stick! See for yourself. I don’t have a good answer right now. I had problems connecting the Fire TV stick to the other HDMI ports as it didn’t fit. I didn’t want to jam the HDMI port on my TV as I use it for my cable box, PS3, and Chromecast.

Update: Issue is resolved. See updated post here.

Amazon fireTV stick arrives before Christmas!

Christmas gift is here! Amazon sent me a notice saying that the fireTV stick was ready for shipment which is way ahead of schedule! This is a nice Christmas present that wasn’t supposed to be. I got an email on Dec. 19th with the subject, “Welcome to Fire TV Stick.” I placed this order on Nov. 2nd and my initial delivery date was supposed to be mid-Jan so this is a very nice surprise! Mr. UPS dropped off the Amazon fire TV stick just now and I can’t wait to do the first unboxing.

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Users upset at Amazon for preferential treatment on fireTV

Users are not happy with Amazon as the voice recognition software prefers its own content and only supports Vevo content (verified by reviews on its own website). It doesn’t appear to work with Hulu or Netflix. One of the major feature of Fire TV is the ability to use voice search. However, when you search for a video, only content to purchase will be displayed even though it may be free on other apps such as Hulu or Netflix.

Amazon announced Fire TV Stick for sale

Amazon finally gave full details to its Fire TV Stick to go head on with Google’s extremely popular Chromecast. A bit late to the game but Amazon has revealed why it was worth the wait. The current backorder signifies its popularity which will complement its Prime subscription. If you order the Amazon Fire TV stick today, you will not receive it in time for Christmas but in mid-Jan. The date will likely slip as you approach the holidays which is a huge dissapointment. The price is $39 which is comparable to Chromecast’s $35. Amazon Fire TV stick includes a remote which is a nice add on.

 

What is Fire TV Stick

Here are other features listed on Amazon’s website.

  • Four times the storage capacity and double the memory of Chromecast.
  • Dual core processor and one gigabyte of memory
  • Huge selection of apps which is synonymous to Chromecast
  • Huge library of movies, tv shoes, music, and games through Amazon Prime
  • Ability to stream slideshows of personal photos and videos through your amazon cloud account
  • Instant streaming with its ASAP technology
  • Dedicated remote
  • Easy to use app with voice search through its Android app (iOS app not yet available)
  • Mirror function. Share what is on your tablet or phone to your TV.
  • Only requirement is that you have an HDTV and an available HDMI port on your TV.

Fire TV Stick Apps

Another problem with Chromecast is it’s inability to let you bypass hotel or college dorm captive portal Internet access. Apparently, Amazon has a solution to this and it is in the pipeline.

You can play simple games with your remote but not sure how much use this will have.

The Android app which will let you voice search. iOS / Apple app coming soon.

Stream directly from your Amazon music library of stream Prime music which has a wide variety of music available on demand. You also have the option to play music from other apps such as vevo, Pandora, iheartradio, and others.