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  1.    29 Jul 2017 #11

    Quote Originally Posted by MPSAN View Post
    Will this setup let us just go to the website without d/l the mp4?
    Hi there

    @MPSAN

    simply browse to the website (from within the kodi application on the firebox) and play from Kodi.

    The nice thing about fire tv is it's cheap and 100% android so perfectly compatible with android phones etc. Also you don't need a smart TV as both firestick and the fire tv box have wifi -- tv box also is lan connectable (i.e wired) if that's better for you --especially if the tv is near the router / cable box.

    The problem with typical smart TV's is that they aren't android so you can't really load software on them and they are usually fairly restrictive on what formats can play --kodi plays almost ANYTHING audio or visual. !! I'd 100% recommend the firebox TV - it's only a smidgen more expensive than the firestick - but it's more powerful, has more internal storage and can buffer better against slower internet connections. Smart TV's also can have pretty hideous browsers too.

    Kodi / firebox combination for example plays in addition to the common formats .mkv, .mts (captured video say from netflix or a SKY Q box etc), HEVC H265 - especially useful when large 1080p full HD or ultra full HD on the new TV's), audio FLAC files, DVD ripped .ISO files (with menus - depending on how the DVD was copied / ripped) etc.

    Both boxes though do come with a hand remote so you don't have to use a phone as a controller (not a problem but a hand remote is a lot easier !!!). Similarly some smart TV's aren't always good at accessing your local LAN - especially if it's a Windows machine running as a Virtual machine where you've attached your multi-media HDD's.

    I'd forget about making DVD's these days --waste of time really and unless you can make Blu Ray quality the video is only a bit better the old VHS and it won't look good on a large (50 inch or bigger) TV.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    27 Aug 2017 #12
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    Well, I bought a Chromecast and it seems to work. I did have some 10 second pauses but my WiFi is only 802.11g. I do have a second WiFi in my main Frontier FIOS router that is disabled, that does do 802.11N and I may enable that and only have the Phone, Tablet and the Chromecast connect to this secondary WiFi. I just wonder if the 2 WiFi access points being a foot a part would matter?
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