Fire TV Stick Lite | Alexa Voice Remote Lite | HD streaming device | 2020 release
These are great I reckon if you are happy to sideload kodi and kayo. Only 1080p max but they do HDR so not all that bad. Compared to my Google with android TV these appear to be less buggy and work with HDMI-CEC better. Specifically they wake up from sleep using your TV remote, you don't need to use the supplied remote to wake like the Chromecast does.
My tv does not do HDR.
Using one on an ancient but still working Panasonic plasma - does the job fine and has better smart capabilities than most budget TVs these days (plus a few apps that don't exist on some app stores). Had a little trouble initially with passthrough audio but put that down to the TV/amp set-up and less so the stick.
Added one recently to an older model Sony tv, that has Sony's proprietary software, for early smart tv. When running Netflix or iView, it would run out of memory, trying to handle some media. The Fire stick Lite resolved this.
I'm only using my for Netflix, Prime and FTA. All work natively, easy setup and simple to use.
It's actually really good.
A branded 'locked down' device that is only locked down to the point that 'normies' won't break it?
It's really rare to find a branded, 'appliance' device that's nerd-friendly these days.
If selecting an APK makes this a deal breaker at $49, it might be a little risky for you to be playing in those waters anyway.
You should see what we used to have to do to get XBMC (the former name for KODI) onto our X-Boxes!
Do you have a link for Kayo APK that's working - mine isn't working anymore
Are you on the latest?
There's extensions for Chrome that let you direct download APK files from the play store on desktop.
You can also use sites like apkmirror and such to look at previous or current versions.
It currently has the November 23, 2020 release.
Cool i might try the latest - I haven't used it for over 12 months so maybe just need an update ;)
EDIT - Perfect, worked fine and added Binge while i was there too
Yeah these are pretty good. It has taken the spot of my Vodafone TV as it's more reliable, although I miss the built in Chromecast and DVB tuner.
Use Easy Fire Tools for a really simple way to sideload apps from your Android phone.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is also worth a look. I have one and comes with the Play Store preloaded at a similar price point. Been watching the AFL via Kayo on it all year and works great on my 15 year old Pioneer Plasma. Also has Chromecast Built-In too.
Dont forget 10% Cashback on Amazon Devices with Shopback or 7% with Cashrewards ;)
BigW, Myer and JB-HiFi all the same price as Amazon - $47.00 for those that want a real store to visit.
Back in the day that used to be such a bonus\advantage.
But Amazon returns are worlds easier than bricks&mortar these days. It's nutty how it reversed.
I use the downloader app to download whatever apps I need and then run them on my firestick. Not sure is that’s sideloading, but I find it straight forward and that’s how I was able to install kodi and a few others. Hope this helps!
Do those sideloaded apps appear on the standard launcher or do you need some kludge?
They appear normal - alongside the other apps. I have sideloaded stuff on my Vodafone tv using a USB etc, but this downloader app just sounds simpler to me. No USB required.
Just FYI Amazon Black Friday has apparently been confirmed for June. They usually do deals on Amazon devices like this. TLDR: If you don't need this now, although this is a good price I'd consider waiting as it might be even cheaper or come bundled with something else….
Betting itll get cleared out cheaply on black friday cause its pretty close to the lowest 2021 model.
Yep. And/Or the 4k version will be discounted to close to this….
Can anyone help me out, I'm assuming this can't install kayo by default from Google play store (does this even have it), but if I side load it I won't have any issues?
Same question wrt foxtel go?
And importantly, this can run off power supplied solely from the hdmi port, so no wall plug it even USB req?
I overnight for work at a lot of hotels who ensure there's never a power point anywhere near the tv, and the onboard USB ports on tvs aren't powerful enough to run my new Google tv dongle.
Hopefully this is the solution over buying a 3m usbC cord..
Unfortunately, uses a power brick.
Buggwr, all these plug in android boxes don't openly show the power part of the device. Is there anything that runs android/kayo that can just use HDMI and tv onboard USB power?