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Old 11-09-2017, 16:23   #3691
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Re: Netflix/Streaming Services

I've only ever bought boxes that came with vouchers from Argos before which didn't need activating however when I bought the vouchers from other stores they always came with two receipts one for the sale and one to prove the voucher has been activated after the staff run it through the card machine.

I have fallen foul of non activated vouchers in the past when I've bought them from Amazon, for this reason I never buy Now TV vouchers from them anymore, not one was activated and whilst I got refunds ok the staff had no idea what I was talking about.
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Old 11-09-2017, 18:03   #3692
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I've never bought one that was activated and never ever had a problem.
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Old 12-09-2017, 22:17   #3693
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Ginxesport has been added to tvplayer plus.
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Old 14-09-2017, 10:09   #3694
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The new Amazon FireTV coming out later this year or next sounds interesting.

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Built in IR emitter to control things like your TV
Proper alexa integration with mic and speakers meaning you won't need to use the remote, makes having a DOT surplus
Likely higher spec hardware

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The new flagship Fire TV model is the unreleased “AFTA” device that surfaced for the first time last week. Without the luxury of a leaked benchmark, I don’t know anything about its technical specifications, but I have learned that it essentially combines the functionality of a Fire TV, an Echo Dot, and an IR emitter, like the Harmony Hub, into a single device.

The cube-shaped Fire TV has a series of holes on top to accommodate its array of far-field microphones that allow you to talk to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant without needing to use the voice remote, although one is still included. A speaker built into the Fire TV allows you to hear responses from Alexa if your television is turned off. It is likely that this new top-tier Fire TV model will have additional ports and functionality not found on the new mid-tier model, like Ethernet and expandable storage, but details are unknown.

On top of the device are the exact same buttons found on the Echo Dot. A pair of volume buttons control the built-in speaker, a mute button allows you to disable the microphones, and an action button lets you manually trigger Alexa. The device also includes a familiar blue LED light bar that is common to all of Amazon’s Alexa devices.

Amazon recently made it possible to control their existing Fire TV devices using an external Alexa device, like the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. With the inclusion of far-field microphones directly in the new Fire TV, an external Alexa device will no longer be necessary to achieve hands-free voice control of your television.

Much like existing Fire TV models, the new Fire TVs will be able to turn on and control newer televisions that support the HDMI-CEC standard. However, most TVs in people’s homes don’t support the standard and those that do often have limited functionality. That is why Amazon is also including an IR emitter in the new flagship Fire TV, which should give it the ability to control the vast majority of televisions and A/V equipment.

With its built-in IR capabilities, the new flagship Fire TV will give most people hands-free voice control of their existing television and media center, without needing any additional equipment. Thanks to Alexa’s newly added entertainment capabilities, you can expect to be able to turn your TV on and off, control the volume, change inputs, and more without needing to pick up a remote for certain tasks.
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The new Amazon FireTV coming out later this year or next sounds interesting.

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Built in IR emitter to control things like your TV
Proper alexa integration with mic and speakers meaning you won't need to use the remote, makes having a DOT surplus
Likely higher spec hardware



http://www.aftvnews.com/exclusive-th...eased-in-2017/
That sounds very interesting, if it can be paired with my Bluetooth speakers for when the TV and amp are off I might be replacing my current Fire TV and Echo Dot setup with one.
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Old 15-09-2017, 15:12   #3696
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Ginxesport has been added to tvplayer plus.
TV Player Plus has now been added to Freesat. I never knew they had so many restrictions:

https://tvplayer.com/channel-availab...content=473347

I wonder why this is??
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Old 15-09-2017, 15:23   #3697
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If you notice, there are quite a few platforms which share the same channel availability.

For instance Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Windows 10, Xbox One, Roku are all 'missing' the same channels.
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I have just stumbled across this article from last March, which appears to suggest that John Malone is indeed open to Amazon appearing on Liberty Global and Virgin Media boxes, which is a relief to me.

There does appear to be some problem of alignment that needs to be ironed out first, but it's good to know that Amazon and other streaming services could appear on our Tivos in the future.

Let's hope it's the near future and not 'coming soon' in the VM sense (visions of long grass come to mind!).

http://www.multichannel.com/blog/bau...ble-box/411439
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Old 15-09-2017, 18:37   #3699
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I have just stumbled across this article from last March, which appears to suggest that John Malone is indeed open to Amazon appearing on Liberty Global and Virgin Media boxes, which is a relief to me.

There does appear to be some problem of alignment that needs to be ironed out first, but it's good to know that Amazon and other streaming services could appear on our Tivos in the future.

Let's hope it's the near future and not 'coming soon' in the VM sense (visions of long grass come to mind!).

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There are a lot of TV's with the Amazon app already available, I have Netflix and Amazon apps on my smart TV, and they
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The LG smart TV'S have all 3 including Now TV as well.
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There are a lot of TV's with the Amazon app already available, I have Netflix and Amazon apps on my smart TV, and they
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I know, and I am reasonably confident now that VM will also get it in the end. I just wish we were not always at the back of the queue.
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TV Player Plus has now been added to Freesat. I never knew they had so many restrictions:

https://tvplayer.com/channel-availab...content=473347

I wonder why this is??
That's good news. Makes Freesat a more appealing alternative. All the main catch up apps from BBC, ITV etc... plus YouTube, Netflix and now TV Player.

If SKY becomes too expensive I'd seriously consider switching. Just had a swizz through my SKY planner. All recordings are from either Freeview or channels covered by TV Player.
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That's good news. Makes Freesat a more appealing alternative. All the main catch up apps from BBC, ITV etc... plus YouTube, Netflix and now TV Player.

If SKY becomes too expensive I'd seriously consider switching. Just had a swizz through my SKY planner. All recordings are from either Freeview or channels covered by TV Player.
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I've just compared the same movie across LF , Netflix and Now TV on a PS3 and the difference was unbelievable , Netflix easily produced the best PQ by a country mile , I would say Now TV shaded it in second over LF.
Which puts paid to those who shun Now TV on grounds of picture quality!
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