ApplevsFireTV

Apple TV 4 vs Fire TV 2 – User Experience


Fire TV:

The Hardware

You will find it hard to tell the new Fire TV apart from the old box just by looking at them. If it was not for the missing Optical Audio Out and the new Micro SD card slot on the back of the new Fire TV they look the same.

The new box is faster with more power under the hood:

  • 2 GB Memory
  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Quad-core Processor
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi (3x the speed of the old Fire TV)

Apple TV:

Remote:

  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • IR transmitter
  • Accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Lightning connector for charging
  • Rechargeable battery providing months of battery life on a single charge (with typical daily usage)

The Device:

  • HDMI 1.4
  • 802.11ac Wi?Fi with MIMO
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • IR receiver
  • USB?C for service and support
  • Built?in power supply
  • H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.2 or lower
  • H.264 Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

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  • Mike Roker

    I have the Fire TV and have all the Cable Channel Apps – A&E, History, StarZ, Encore, HBO, Showtime. I also have Hulu Plus and Netflix.

    When I search for movies – it pulls up matches from all those providers and channels (except Netflix). Also, based on my test if you search for a movie and it happens to be free at any of these providers / channels – it will show up first on the list – suggesting that Amazon does not seem to push paid content ahead of free content.

    One other note – both boxes push their own content (I have Apple TV 3) but while iTunes content is almost always paid content. Amazon banners always seem to push Prime content (free for Prime members).

    One thing I like with Amazon is that it offers trailers for most movies (even if they are on other provider networks).

    Finally, if I do a search for a movie and it happens to be on HBO or Hulu or others … it allows me to add to the Universal Watchlist – which combines Amazon and non-Amazon content into a single list – pretty cool.

  • clocks

    “When I search for movies – it pulls up matches from all those providers and channels (except Netflix). Also, based on my test if you search for a movie and it happens to be free at any of these providers / channels – it will show up first on the list”

    How’d you manage this. I can’t get anything other than Amazon to show in my results, and/or watchlist.

    • Admin

      I have yet to see that happen in my testing.

  • Marcus Grimley

    I just tested. I have Starz and HBO and they do show up when doing a search for movies or actors.