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ROKU & Amazon Firestick Jailbreak


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#1 DadaMan

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 08:52 PM

ello!

 

I've been a bit puzzled about these gizmos for TV and the "elite" cable cutting club for a little bit to save some money from these corporate giants that forgot all the little guys that helped them grow.

 

Could someone please explain what these devices and their differences are in order to *watch *Television/Internet/Phone so that you won't have to mortgage the house to pay a cable/tv/Internet...bill every month.

 

Are these devices legal? some offer for a one time fee access to over 300 channels..ones that you would normally be paying full price to have them.

Apparently there are lots of folks out there that are in the same boat and are having a difficult time finding out the best ways to utilize these devices and how to set them up?

 

Any help would be deeply appreciated...

Yeah! i know throw the TV away and live on an island in the sun without Internet, phones and flat screens the size on Montana.

 

 

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 08:44 AM

Yes they are legal (though not necessarily if they are "jailbroken"). These days most, if not all, major tv / video content providers have a means of viewing their content via the internet. Fire Stick and Roku are streaming devices that access that content and allow you to watch it on whatever device they are connected to. Here are more in-depth explanations:

 

https://www.indiatoday.in/technology/features/story/amazon-fire-tv-stick-what-is-it-how-it-works-and-5-features-you-must-know-972589-2017-04-20

 

https://www.groundedreason.com/a-beginners-guide-to-roku/


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 09:55 AM

Thank YOU Alan!

 

The Jailbreak version as I understand it is "pre-loaded" with this thing called KODI. Which apparently enables someone to access most of all channels "free" including but not limited to News, Netflix, Hulu, Sports, Movies, MLB, Premium channels.,etc...

 

I'm not clear on the differences between ROKU & Amazon Firestick and Amazon Firestick Jailbreak. https://www.shopdroidlife.com/

 

*ROKU vs. *Amazon Firestick Jailbreak.

*The one time fee is already included in the listing price. We were just stating you only need to pay for this product once without a monthly subscription tag. It does include major news channels such as ABC, CNN, Fox, etc. 
 
Premium live channels like HBO, Showtime, etc but you can pretty much on demand whatever movie or TV show, so the live TV really doesn't matter much unless you like live stuff. You can easily search for an HBO title such as Game of Thrones and watch the episodes on demand.
 
*(ROKU) It's the same type of streaming device except that we can install the programs necessary that allows you to access free content and it's an Amazon device, which has a better network on programs and apps in general.
 
There apparently are free Movie channels, News and other media you can access via VGA cable from a computer>Televisions PC/VGA Input. These free movie streaming channels can be annoying on/off due to various reasons..too many people accessing the same movie, your ISP, computer, etc...

If I chose to go any of these routes I'd like to narrow the choice down by getting the best possible device(s). 

That's all I know.

Further thoughts please...

Sinceremente, 
Raffaele


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 10:49 AM

I'm not going to get into jailbreaking on this site because of the legality question. What I CAN tell you is that you can EASILY do it yourself by following instructions all over the web and easily unearthed via Google, and there is no need to pay extra for a fire stick or roku that someone else modified. And with that, I'll gracefully (I hope :) ) bow out of this thread.


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 12:59 PM

Thank you!

 

That's fine...I understand where your coming from.

 

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 12:54 PM

Curious!
Is one better than the other? ROKU Versus Amazon firestick/jailbreak?

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 12:58 PM

Like anything else, the answers you receive will be purely subjective. Decide for yourself and pick one. They are both quality products.



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Posted 05 March 2018 - 01:17 PM

Thank YOU!
There seems to be a shroud of mystery about these devices and what they can and cannot do. If you pre-load firestick there appears to be a multitude of different apps you'll need outside of KODI lets say...
I'm just trying to sort this out after spending considerable time watching videos and reading various articles..only to find myself as much or more confused than when I started.  :crazy: 

Stumped,

Raffaele



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 05:20 AM

These are legal and safe to use. The term jailbreak comes when you try to install Kodi on Firestick or Roku. In my opinion, Amazon firestick is far better than many other similar services. This works really well and we can even watch 4K videos with this.



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Posted 14 June 2018 - 10:31 AM

I've spent a lot of time looking into the options for TV that is truly free.  I had cable and Directv and found the increasing cost to be accelerating beyond my budget.  Now there a dozens of sellers of FREE TV gear but they neglect to tell anyone that you must be in a major metro area to get over the air broadcasts.  I'm 60 miles from any stations and those back of the set or mounted in a window antennas are no good.  I have to rely on a $50.  outdoor antenna to get any signals.  For those programs I want to watch, like Nascar , hockey, basketball or baseball, I use a PS3 and Sony's Playstation Vue hooked up through the internet.  Not real cheap, but less expensive than any other offerings.  stations like ESPN, Foxsport one and two and NBCsports which carries programming taken over from Comcast sports channels.  There is actually very little sports programming on the broadcast stations and when they run over the allotted broadcast time, they switch to the NON-broadcast channels and leave the viewers on the dark.  Not a good way to encourage viewers to continue watching normal shows for fear of getting cut off.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 10:30 AM

I have a fire stick and unlocked it.

 

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https://www.firesticktricks.com/jailbreak-fire-stick.html

 

https://firestick.io/how-to-jailbreak-and-install-kodi-on-the-amazon-firestick-hack-2017-tutorial/


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Posted 15 June 2018 - 10:50 AM

Hallo!
I'm still confused about the differences in Roku, Smart TV's, Amazon firestick ( you need to  be a Prime Member to get all the advantages).

The Fire TV and Fire Stick provide all the same apps and streaming services. Any service, TV, or movie you can access with one, you can access with the other. In fact, the following features are the same on both devices

  • Both come with the Alexa Voice Remote which provides all the power of Alexa without buying an Echo or Dot. You can search, pause, rewind and much more using voice commands.
  • Both integrate and can be controlled using any Amazon Echo device
  • Both come with 8GB of internal storage
  • Both support 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi (backward compatible with n/g/a/b)
  • Both can use Ethernet with the Fire TV Ethernet Dongle

The only differences between the devices are size, processor speed, resolution, and audio.

Video Resolution

I find the video resolution and quality to be the biggest difference between the Fire TV and Fire Stick. While the Fire Stick shows up to 1080p HD at 60 fps (frames per second), the Amazon Fire TV provides 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps. Most importantly, it adds HDR or High Dynamic Range which broadens the range of viewable colors in a video. Check out my article “What is HDR” for more information.

Processor Speed

The Fire Stick provides a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor which is more than enough to handle most streaming needs. The Fire TV provides a bit of an upgrade with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. While faster, there is no detectable difference in video streaming.

However, both Fire TV and Fire TV Stick allow you to play games available in Amazon’s digital marketplace. The Fire Stick may not meet the minimum requirements, where the Fire TV would.

 
Audio

Fire TV Stick – Dolby Audio, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch stereo, and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1

Fire TV – Supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Digital.

The major difference here is Fire TV adding support for Dolby Atmos. With the right hardware and content that supports the audio standard, you can duplicate theatre quality sound.

Size

While the size of these devices used to be vastly different, the latest 3rd Gen Fire TV is only twice the size of a Fire Stick. That may seem like a lot, but the Fire Stick is only 3.4” x 1.2” x 0.5”. You can see the size difference in the picture at the top of the article. The Alexa Voice Remote in the picture provides scale.

Fire TV or Fire Stick

The major difference for most will be the video quality. Fire TV offers 4K UHD video with HDR at 60 fps, while the Fire Stick caps resolution at 1080p HD. Audiophiles should opt for the Fire TV due to the addition of Dolby Atmos support. The few folks out there concerned with gaming on their Amazon device should also opt for the Fire TV over the Fire Stick as the formers upgraded processor will meet the minimum device requirements for more games.

If none of those issues are of concern, save yourself some money and purchase the Fire TV Stick. As of the publish date of this article, the Fire Stick is available on Amazon for $29.99while the Fire TV is priced at $49.99.

Those looking to experiment with cord cutting should look to grab the Fire Stick. The low price makes it an easy investment. Most people have more than one TV, so if you like cord-cutting, you can always pick up the Fire TV for your main TV at a later date.

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