Amazon has gotten into the streaming media box game. Meet the Amazon Fire TV, and it’s got all of your favorite streaming media channels collected together in one small, portable, affordable package.
And since it’s portable, it’s the perfect companion on long trips, for business or pleasure. Staying in touch with your streaming media accounts, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. We’ll show you how to utilize the Amazon Fire to connect to your favorite streaming media content from anywhere in the world. But first, you should probably learn a little more about what makes the Amazon Fire TV so special…
Meet the Amazon Fire TV
Maybe you’re partial to your Roku or your Apple TV – we wouldn’t blame you (we carry those devices ourselves) – but a company like Amazon wouldn’t just enter the streaming media box game unless they were sure they had something special they thought could differentiate themselves.
Amazon Fire TV finds a happy medium between the Roku/AppleTV and the Wii by offering a high-end video streaming device as well as a mid-level casual gaming machine all in one box.
Upgraded Processor, Storage, & Memory
- 3 times the processing power of Apple TV and Roku.
- Dedicated Adreno 320 graphics engine
- 2 GB of memory—4 times that of Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast
Apple TV, for example, is powered by 2-GHz Single-core processor with its 512-MB memory used for caching media only. Amazon Fire TV sports a 1.7-GHz Quad-core + GPU and comes with 8-GB storage and 2-GB of flash memory to prep even more video.
Amazon Fire TV Streaming Video Voice Search
This is one major game changer for a streaming player. No more clunky interfaces and bad keyboards. Use the voice search option on the Amazon Fire Remote & go which is not currently available with Roku or AppleTV.
Start Videos Instantly with Amazon Fire TV ASAP
Amazon claims that with its integrated ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), the Amazon Fire TV can learn learns what movies and shows you like and gets them ready for you to watch. That means it can preload these videos to destroy buffering and wait times before you even choose what you want to watch. The more you use Fire TV, the more accurate ASAP becomes, dynamically adapting to your viewing habits.
Amazon Fire TV Gaming
That major hardware upgrade from standard players also allows this to be a high quality casual gaming device without having to switch set-ups on your TV. Amazon Fire TV brings together all of the things you love about other streaming media boxes, and adds a few more notable surprises of its own, such as easier, more affordable gaming. Most of the games can be played with the including remote control but you can also grab the Amazon Fire TV gamepad for $39.
As of now, there are approximately 125+ games available for play including Minecraft-Pocket Edition, or Asphalt 8, or The Game of Lifeand download with more to come. Enjoy best-selling titles from top game designers from Mojang, EA, Disney, Ubisoft, and others. Many Amazon Fire TV games are free with the average price of paid games is just $1.85.
Amazon Fire TV Top Streaming Apps
The channel lineup for top wrung streaming players is pretty standard across the board but we’ll try to give you a handy Amazon Fire TV Channel option line anyway.
Top Amazon Fire TV Channels: Netflix, WatchESPN, Pandora, Plex, Crackle, YouTube, Vevo, Hulu Plus, TuneIn, Showtime Anywhere, iHeart Radio, NBA Game Time, HuffPost Live, Amazon Prime Instant (of course), and many more! One major missing option from the Amazon Fire TV at this time is HBOGO.
Child Protection with Amazon FreeTime
Announced and soon to be implemented within the Amazon Fire TV that you won’t find on Roku or AppleTV is Amazon FreeTime. FreeTime is a streaming player parental block to keep your kids from watching things they shouldn’t be watching. Create custom profiles for up to four kids, choosing the movies, TV shows, apps, and games they can access. Tired of unfettered access? Easily set up daily screen limits and restrict certain types of content …and perfect for kids
When kids use Amazon FreeTime, the background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design, displaying only titles they have permission to watch. The home screen carousel shows their recently watched movies and shows, and they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics—for example “Cinderella,” “Dinosaurs,” or “Puppies.”
They will also be offering FreeTime Unlimited content subscription designed for kids ages 3 to 8. Unlimited access to content from Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and more from just $2.99 per month.
Screen Mirroring (like Apple’s Airplay)
Love your Kindle Fire but wish you could flick images onto your TV screen. Now with the Amazon Fire TV you can. Connect your Kindle Fire with a TV instantly just like Apple’s Airplay.
How a Router Can Effect the Amazon Fire TV Experience?
One of the best things you can do to improve your Amazon Fire TV experience more than subscribing to a VPN is to subscribe to a VPN and run it through a FlashRouter.
At FlashRouters, we provide durable, versatile, and powerful machines made all the more effective with open-source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato (as the video above explains). Better yet, a FlashRouter allows you to connect to your VPN through the router itself, saving you the time and energy of struggling through tricky VPN installation processes and connecting the Amazon Kindle Fire TV to a VPN connection instantaneous. More on the best VPN services for Amazon Kindle down below
Best WiFi Amazon Fire TV Routers
Well then you might want to take a look at these networking behemoths ready to revamp how your wireless network (hopefully you’re not just using your boring ISP router that malfunctions and under-performs in just about all of these increasingly important networking tasks). The Amazon Fire TV is dual-band compatible Wireless-N capable so for premium performance, we recommend wiring your router to your Amazon Fire TV if you can.
As 2014 rolls on we expect a heavier reliance on Wireless-AC so adding a Wireless-AC adapter or media connector may be ideal for those who must always use wireless for connecting to their Internet connection. Still, getting a fully powered wireless router will make your network ready for the long haul as demand for connectivity and bandwidth increases through the home.
Now that you have a better idea of what a FlashRouter is, why don’t we introduce you to a popular prosumer gaming routers of them that will transform your streaming video & music experience!
- Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 DD-WRT - Our first 1 Ghz processor networking device, now more stable than ever with better firmware. Dream bait for any real gamer.
- Asus RT-AC66U DDWRT Router - A top Wireless-AC router, ready to future proof your network for the next-gen in wireless protocols.
- Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight TomatoUSB Router - A router that can handle any amount of traffic that you throw at it.
- Netgear WNDR4000 N750 DD-WRT Router - Dual band up to 750 mbps with gigabit wired ports. Top all around networking workhorse under $200.
- Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – A terrific economy WiFi router option from Linksys. Works like a router sold at twice the price!
Best VPN Service for Amazon Fire TV
Currently, the Amazon Fire is only on sale in the US but that can change quickly. When Amazon announced it in the US, it went on sale at the same time. So we feel like we should prepare worldwide Amazon lovers of how they can get their network ready to work with the Amazon Fire TV or any other streaming media player they may prefer. Using a FlashRouter will also allow you to use VPN with your Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.
The Amazon Fire TV is small and thus perfectly portable. You can bring it with you anywhere you go, especially if you’re overseas on business for an extended time. But if you’re hoping to enjoy your Netflix Instant queue, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu Plus on your Amazon Fire TV from, say, the UK, or Tokyo, you may be out of luck, as streaming media channels are quite different overseas.
But there’s an easy solution: a VPN Service Provider. A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service that serves the dual purpose of allowing users to protect their online information and identity, as well as access geographically restricted information. Pick a VPN service provider that suits you from our supported provider list. Some top recommended providers for US IP addresses for streaming quality are Overplay, IPVanish, & PrivateInternetAccess.
Once you’ve done that, use the VPN integrated FlashRouter and pick a US server. Doing so will effectively make your computer think you’re in America, no matter where you and your laptop or mobile device happen to be. Every last channel on your Amazon Fire TV will be ready to serve up US-based entertainment wherever you go when connected behind a FlashRouter. No other programs to install or setups to use. VPN service for any device, at any time, at your fingertips with one setup.
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