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post #1381 of 1388 Old 12-13-2014, 01:58 PM
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An earlier post said Amazon Instant videos sometimes (always?) delay some time after starting before going to HD 1080p (if they get there at all). I just started watching "Wolf of Wall Street". It stayed at only HD for at least five minutes. The next time I checked was at 10 mins and it had gone to HD 1080p. Weird. I can understand a short adjustment period but 5+ minutes? My FTV is hardwired to 15Mbps internet.
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Watching Netflix on the Fire TV is becoming annoying. No buffering issues but the video keeps freezing up for 5 seconds then FF really fast but the audio continues. Also it will freeze up for a second here and there too. I was watching a movie last night and it did it twice so I went on my PS4 and the video was smooth no freezing up. The thing is only the Netflix app does this all other apps play fine.

I ended up doing a factory reset but I don't think it will matter. It is usually good for a day or two then the video starts to lag and freeze then I have to reboot the Fire TV again. I should have not gotten another Fire TV. The Roku 3 although the Netflix UI lags a bit the video never once lags or freezes.

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Not sure, but I have watched a good bit of Netflix and Amazon on my Fire Sticks and they have been working well. I do tend to do the quick reboot with the remote every time I go to watch.

It's a Roku habit since these are like small pc's. I also reboot my phone after I install or update apps. OCD I guess.

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I don't reboot my ROkus or FireTV/FireTV sticks. Heck I don't even reboot the Windows PC I run 24/7. The only time any of these are rebooted is when there is an update that does the rebooting. Otherwise I don't have any issues running without rebooting them.

And the same with my android phone and tablets. If there is an OS update it will reboot. Otherwise it is never rebooted. It just goes into standby/sleep.

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I've found when an app acts up, hell even when you arent getting reliable streaming from an app (see Netflix PQ ramp up), a reboot fixes it. This is from Roku experience, and if you look into it on their forums you will note it was not isolated. While I have found no need to do it on the fire sticks, since they put that easy and fast reset, I use it.

In comparison, my wife never reboots her iphone, I do after any app updates. When she starts having funky issues, a soft reboot fixes. Do the math on that one.

I also don't have issues with a windows laptops if I dont reboot them, I just do. After updates or prolonged use, a reboot is just better safe than sorry. Doesn't mean you have to, and it is personal preference for me. Same reason I don't use the fast boot on blu-ray players. The ONLY problems Ive had on players in the last few years were with fast boot on. I just stopped using it and don't have quirky problems. Not saying all players would require this, but it saves me potential grief.

I also reboot my Tivo and Direct DVR once a week too


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I've programmed a Fire TV remote app (program that is) that will run on your networked Windows PC (or laptop).
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Just ran across this post and wanted to say THANKS. Been thinking about a remote workaround solution for my Stick, this may help. Will check it out tonight.
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The firetv HBOGO app was released today. Make sure to delete the sideloaded generic hbogo apk before installing the new one. I initially did not uninstall the sideloaded apk and after installation of the firetv hbogo app, it showed the new one under all applications, but started the generic hbogo apk each time.

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I have had updates to my Fire Stick and Fire TV in the last two days. I see no difference in either one.
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Please excuse me if during my search I didn't find it and it is already mentioned.
My Fire TV turns off the sound to my receiver if I turn the TV off.
So if I'm listening to a station on Tune-In Radio, turn the sound on my receiver (getting audio from optical) then turn my TV off, the sound stops. Leave the TV on, and the sound stay on.
Is there an adapter for the hdmi that can fix this? I'm guess the box is noticing the TV is off through the hdmi.

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You probably have to configure your receiver to stay on if the TV is turned off. But then you'll have to remember to turn it off the rest of the time. There's usually some settings on the AVR to control this. Search for your make/model here on the other forums to find specifics that might help. You may also have to change settings on the TV.

All of this is controlled via HDMI-CEC. (consumer electronics control). Various manufacturers have put their own names on the tech (Panasonic calls is Viera Link).
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