Originally Posted by undecided
How are people configuring their Harmony remote to use the MCE IR dongle.
Are you adding a Media Center PC as a new device and then using that device in the Fire TV activity?
OK so I now have it working. You will need to remap some buttons as described earlier.
Initially I had some issues where the Up, Down, Left, Right buttons appeared to click twice - ie if I pushed Right it moved two to the right. Everything else seemed to work great.
I tried troubleshooting in the harmony app with this option 'Media Center PC 4 responds to some commands either too many times or only occasionally' and adjusted the level down and it mostly works (sometimes it still moves 2 or even 3 spaces).
So with this the Fire TV is doing what I bought it for - excellent Amazon Instant streaming. The picture quality is definitely a step from other Amazon streamers I have tried and hopefully the audio is as well (I haven't yet had a chance to try the DD+ audio at normal volumes). I would like the ability to search prime content similar to other Amazon streamers.
That said it is an expensive Amazon Instant solution. My other streaming needs are covered by an Apple TV (Netflix, Hulu+, HBOGO) and an old BD 390 Blu-Ray Player (Vudu at 24P) with a redundant Chromecast also connected to our mainTV. The Roku 2 XS is now replaced by the Fire TV
As others have said the Netflix app is previous generation - and while it works fine navigation isn't as good as the current Netflix apps. I haven't tried Hulu+ or YouTube.
So if you are looking for an expensive but excellent Amazon streamer - this is it (I guess I was because I will keep it for Amazon Streaming even though I had to buy an IR receiver so it could work with my Harmony remote
However if you are looking for a well rounded streamer for multiple apps I would look at the Apple TV, Roku 3 or WD players. It is a shame there still isn't one player that does everything well.....
Also if you have ISP caps watch out - the titles I have streamed from Amazon are averaging 13+ Mbps over 10 minutes when showing 'HD' (and I still haven't seen the 1080P icon!) - pretty much double the Netflix Super HD averages which are around 6.5 - 7 Mbps.