AFTVnewscast 68: CES, Fire TV televisions, and NVIDIA Shield TV 2


If you missed yesterday’s live stream, here’s the latest AFTVnewscast episode. Thanks to everyone who viewed live and who participated by asking questions.

The AFTVnewscast is streamed live on Fridays at 11am PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Google Play Music, listen via TuneIn, Stitcher, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes and links.

Show Notes & Links

Amazon teams up with Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element to release ‘Fire TV Edition’ televisions running Fire OS

Overview and first impressions of the new Fire TV Edition televisions

Technical specs of the new Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse, Seiki, and Element

Fire TV Edition televisions come with Alexa voice remotes

Amazon needs to make a TV

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick out of stock — Possibly due to Voice Remote production issues

Downloader app for Fire TV has been installed by over 300,000 people

Downloader App

NVIDIA announces new Shield TV with Amazon Video and Google Voice Assistant

Hands on with the new 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV and new Spot microphone

Hands on with the Amazon Video app on the new NVIDIA Shield TV

ORDER NVIDIA SHIELD TV 2

ORDER NVIDIA SHIELD CONTROLLER

Downloader APK for sideloading

Evozi APK Downloader

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3 comments
  1. clocks says:

    Just out of curiousity, when you say the Mi Box is crappy, what kind of issues did you have? Playback, gui, bugs, etc.??

    I think the AFTV is a better device and value, but my experience with the Mi Box has been pretty solid.

    • AFTVnews says:

      It’s not that it’s a bad device or anything. My biggest issue is where it slots in compared to the Fire TV line. It’s priced closer to the Fire TV 2 than the Fire TV Stick 2, but it performs much closer to the Fire TV Stick 2. The Fire TV 2 is a better device overall, and the Fire TV Stick 2 is a better device for those wanting to save some money. The only place the Mi Box is better is if you want 4K, but don’t want to spend the extra $20 for the Fire TV 2. That’s just too slim of a niche for me to dedicate much time to. The way I see it, most people either want to spend as little as possible, or get a solid flagship device. The Mi Box is a fine device, but it doesn’t really fall into either of those categories and lives somewhere in between.

      • clocks says:

        Ok, I think I mostly agree with you. The FTV2 is a better device for little money more. But personally, given a choice between the new stick and a Mi Box, I would pick the Mi Box. It just seems faster to me. Yes the new stick is faster than the old, but I still found it laggy enough that I sold mine.

        The other thing I have noticed, is when I watch Kodi on the Mi Box, I usually get no dropped/skipped frames. With the FTV2s I always get drops/skips. While it is unnoticeable to me during playback, it does make me wonder if the Mi Box has a better video decoder than the FTV devices.

        I think about $50 would be a better price point for the Mi Box to sell at. I don’t know if they are still included, but mine from came with all kinds of Sling, VUDU, CBS, etc. coupons that I sold off. So in reality, I probably only paid about $35 for mine. That said the only way I could see me picking up a 2nd Mi Box was if there was a big sale or something.

        I still wish the “new” Shield was priced better. They made a lot of cost cuts to the hardware, but forgot to drop the price! ugh If the Shield sold for $100-$140, I would probably buy one for every tv in the house. At $200 a piece, I will just stick to my trusty fleet of FTV2s.

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