Amazon Fire TV apps
There are countless ways to watch TV and movies on any number of boxes, and a large number of ways to play games. Beyond that, I'm going to need a developer far more creative than I am to think up an app that would actually be useful on a TV.
The problem is that most apps I could think up would be far more user friendly and intuitive on the phone in front of me.
Much like the Fire tablet line, I just don't get the Fire TV. It's $99 and doesn't offer nearly the features of competitors. Sure pre-loaded content for faster starting is nice, but it's ONLY Amazon.
I rarely, if ever, use voice commands. I just don't like them so this is a non-issue for me
> neither is the speed with which amazon fire tv performs
FireTV loads shows fast, but only Amazon content. All other content loads as it would on any other device.
> No other box offers the same gaming options either. In terms of content, it offers
I have a PS3, 360, vita, and my phone. My phone can likely play any game the FireTV offers, and further I don't care to play a blown up mobile game on my TV.
> will offer by the end of this year every major content app
My Roku has every major content app I could need right now, so why buy this and have to wait?
I also have roku 3, but despite the plethora of channels (I have around 300 installed) I have used the roku only once since I got fire tv. The average user primarily watches the main apps that are already available on fire. The rest on roku are fairly niche. I think the fact that content, not apps are front and central also makes it easier to start watching something right away. On the roku, you tend to browse channels and by the time I'm done, I'm not really anymore sure what I want to watch.
I would say fire is fast in general. Roku 3 is the only comparable device in speed. If you already have a roku 3 I don't think you're going to rush out and buy a fire tv, it's nice, but not necessary. However, if you have any other streaming box, the fire is an excellent choice and I do think many choose it over the roku 3 for the features that differentiate it. Once they finish implementing voice across all major apps, I don't see why anyone would choose the roku. Voice search is just far more convenient, fast and dead accurate.
I would like to see an app for Spotify, Google's music & video services. I would like to an app to watch podcasts. But for the most part what want is one device that lets me see all of my content from all services in one box and i just don't see that happening any time soon.
I would like something that would play Ultraviolet media, iTunes media, & Google media.