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Post Posted: Feb 13, 2017 1:10 pm 
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I recently started using an Amazon Fire TV stick and have downloaded several apps - some for free (acorn, Sling, PBS) and some by purchase (Directv NOW, CBS All Access). I've heard downloading apps for smartphones (which I don't have) can be risky. When I looked at my computer files, the only app that looked like it downloaded to my hard drive was Sling, which I uninstalled after the free trial period. I do have Norton anti-virus through Century Link. Thanks for any input!


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Post Posted: Feb 14, 2017 5:34 am 
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we are in the process of eliminating dish tv this week while installing the Amazon Fire TV stick w/remote $40. in addition we have been experimenting with KODI which is super cool, tons of content and making sure the correct apps/repositories are installed. i can certainly let you know how it goes and we plan on downloading KODI onto the stick. our only drawback could be bandwidth via Rise Broadband...

https://kodi.tv/


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I have downloaded numerous apps over the last two years and never once had an issue. KODI is an excellent product with Exodus being the absolute best tv resource out there, bar none. You might find that the occasional app doesn't work. If that is the case, simply uninstall it.

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go arsenal! haha...are you on a wireless network liverwurst :)


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Its fine I have not encountered any viruses or trojan horses ( a back door way into a device) with any app for streaming players. Been streaming for years now
Screw the cable and dish companies they are a rip off .


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may i ask who you guys use for wireless service?

once the stick arrives today i hope that streaming will improve compared to using the PC...


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zchopper62 wrote:
may i ask who you guys use for wireless service?

once the stick arrives today i hope that streaming will improve compared to using the PC...


We have Century Link. I think you'll be surprised by the quality of the TV picture compared to the PC - at least that was my experience. I was unsure about the CL internet connection affecting streaming, because it seems to go out a lot. It hasn't really been a problem. Good luck and enjoy your new firestick! If you get the one with Alexa, you can ask her questions like you would Google. Pretty cool.


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thanks MIRSH! Yes we will have the voice remote and thinking about alexa. one step at a time, and we have been looking at dedicated bandwidth with Rise Broadband if necessary.


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zchopper62 wrote:
thanks MIRSH! Yes we will have the voice remote and thinking about alexa. one step at a time, and we have been looking at dedicated bandwidth with Rise Broadband if necessary.

You're welcome! I had trouble figuring out the Firestick Remote - it didn't come with any instructions. The outer and inner round circles at the top perform different functions at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock. Maybe it's easier if you use your smartphone, but I don't have one.


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The outer buttons are move buttons. Left, right, up, down. The center button is selection button. The center button on the first row of buttons is the "home" button which will take you back to the original selection menu.

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Jim Sapp wrote:
The outer buttons are move buttons. Left, right, up, down. The center button is selection button. The center button on the first row of buttons is the "home" button which will take you back to the original selection menu.

In order to get an alpha screen to come up so I could enter my password, I think I had to press the down direction on the inner circle button on the top.


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it took a little while last night to navigate the alexa remote but finally getting the hang of it. the screen color contrast to assist in knowing where you are navigating is not the best, but have figured out how to get to the bottom icons that show up for certain applications.

Kodi was pretty straight forward and used the following video to help:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7utDCAM-DY

the only issue we are having right now is streaming reliability and trying to resolve...


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