firestick , how is it

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  1. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    Anyone using it and how good is it, does it work as advertised?
     
  2. sibnai1

    sibnai1 Member

    287
    Jul 18, 2014
    NJ, USA
    195 Bow Rider 5 Series
    4.3litre V6 I/O Alpha I Gen II
    I have had 2 different friends recommed it so I ordered one, soon I will be able to give a 1st person review
     
  3. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I've got an android alternative to the Amazon stick. It's outstanding. Two tips - 1.) make sure you have great wifi signal and internet bandwidth and 2.) get a mini wireless keyboard for max convenience.
     
  4. CLH

    CLH Member

    56
    May 4, 2016
    Chesapeake Bay
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Cummins 450 hp
    I like the fire stick, got one last year and used it through the season. Didn't want to spring for satellite TV so I found this to be a cost effective alternative. It's also nice to have my music library using the stick.

    Cheryl
     
  5. bracketracer

    bracketracer Member

    289
    Aug 23, 2016
    Wilson, NY
    2001 380DA
    Twin 454 Horizons
    So I've used most of these plug-in devices. Fire Stick, Roku and Chromecast. They basically all have the same functionality. It's going to come down to which UI suits you.

    Main differences:
    - roku and firestick come with remotes. Chromecast requires a phone
    - Firestick respons to voice commands
    - Roku remote has a dedicated headphone jack for discrete listening
    - Chromecast does not allow native access to Amazon Prime video (this is a big deal for me)
    - Roku has more apps available. Not sure if you use Plex, but that's free on Roku, costs money on the others.
    - Chromecast only communicates over 802.11 a/c. The other two can talk over a/b/g/n
    - Chomecast is best at screen mirroring from tablet/phone/computer


    Anyway, my choice has been Roku for years. Easy to use, slightly better remote, huge app catalog.
     
  6. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I'm thinking of giving an Apple TV device a shot on the boat for more flexibility.
    I'm a big fan of Roku. Been using their devices on older flat panel dumber TV's in the house for a number of years and never had a problem with them.
    I don't have wifi at my dock or anywhere nearby so I'm thinking of downloading content from my Amazon Prime and Netflix accounts while on my home wifi network to my iPad, then using Apple TV to stream it to TV on the boat from my iPad using Bluetooth.
    As much as I love my Roku devices, I don't think they, or a fire stick, would offer that same fairly seamless ability to watch stored content when out of wifi range.
    Overall, I think doing it that way may be better than depending on trying to get a good wifi signal on the water in order to watch things.
     
  7. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    I download movies on Amazon Prime to my iPad and use an adaptor to plug in a HDMI cable to the TV. I find it has a better data transfer than my Apple TV. My stepson gave us a "jailbreak" version of the fire stick that allows free access to all movies and sporting events. Before I tried it, the Admiral threw it away!
     
  8. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    I have the Firestick and the new Apple TV. I like them both and they're more or less identical in terms of functionality but there are a couple of notable differences. We usually rent movies on the Apple TV vs. pay per view on Direct TV. The Apple TV has all of the same movies for rent as you would find anywhere else and the streaming quality is excellent. We only use the Firestick for watching original content from Amazon.

    Differences:
    - Apple TV plays movies and music from iTunes. Firestick can't play you're iTunes content
    - Streaming quality is excellent on Apple TV. Apple has their own CDN to deliver movies, music and apps. A CDN is basically a system of servers dedicated to delivering media. The Firestick is good but movies start out pixelated and eventually buffer and look good.
    - Firestick can play original movies and TV shows from Amazon. Apple TV can't play Amazon content. Amazon has a ton of excellent original content.
     
  9. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    What adapter do you use?
     
  10. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    SF BAY AREA
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda

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