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theDuke866
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My Gen-3 AppleTV died.

What's the best set-top box for someone who doesn't want to pay any subscriptions and doesn't watch much TV? I primarily watch news, TED talks, documentaries on PBS/Smithsonian/etc, and some sports.

6/3/2017 10:03:31 PM

smoothcrim
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nvidia shield + hdhomerun for hardware, kodi for software

6/4/2017 9:01:40 AM

OmarBadu
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2nd the shield - I use SPMC over Kodi but unless you are playing 4K videos you shouldn't notice a difference

6/4/2017 9:14:16 AM

theDuke866
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hmm, maybe I should redefine "best"? I really mean "best for my very modest desires."

That looks awesome, but I would probably use 5% of the capability. Really, I just want to watch basically the things I listed, and I want to do it for free, and that's pretty much all I need, haha.

I don't need games or anything; I have a PS3 that MAYBE gets used once per year, haha. I'm not interested in anything that it can do that requires any sort of payment or subscription.

[Edited on June 4, 2017 at 11:50 AM. Reason : ]

6/4/2017 11:49:30 AM

BigMan157
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you can install kodi on a fire tv stick

6/4/2017 6:24:30 PM

smoothcrim
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you could also buy the now discontinued nexus player android TV for ~$40-60 and do the same thing if you don't care about a wired connection or 4k. With the shield I at least know the software will get updates for a long time coming and for something I can't easily secure myself that sits on my network, that's valuable to me.

6/4/2017 10:10:27 PM

Bobby Light
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Kodi on firestick is slow as balls. I'd recommend an actual Fire TV if you're going that route. One time small expense for a faster interface.

6/6/2017 11:25:53 AM

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i prefer plex, its easier to setup, but i don't know if there is a channel or anything for TED tanks. for the rest get an antenna.

[Edited on June 6, 2017 at 12:46 PM. Reason : .]

6/6/2017 12:46:27 PM

Bobby Light
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Yup. Antenna got me almost all local channels (including in HD). And Plex was awesome with my Roku. Roku is wayyyy > than AppleTV (non jailbroken)

6/6/2017 12:59:53 PM

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"And Plex was awesome with my Roku. Roku is wayyyy > than AppleTV"


The new Apple TVs have apps, including a Plex app, which works beautifully. I do wish I had Rokus instead of the old non-jailbroken Apple TVs before this though as Plex Connect was pretty annoying (but still a good solution).

6/6/2017 2:26:01 PM

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"hmm, maybe I should redefine "best"? I really mean "best for my very modest desires."

That looks awesome, but I would probably use 5% of the capability. Really, I just want to watch basically the things I listed, and I want to do it for free, and that's pretty much all I need, haha. "


Just get an antenna if you don't already have one and a new Apple TV since that's what you had before...plus with the new one you can install apps on it.

6/6/2017 2:27:21 PM

Bobby Light
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I have a Roku 3, Apple TV 3, Apple TV 1's (regular AND jailbroken), Amazon Fire Stick (rooted with Kodi installed), a Vizio TV, and a WD TV Live.

They each basically do the exact damn thing, with some nuances here and there. But as far as processing speed and lag, the Roku 3 wins hands down. I WANT to like my Apple TV's more, as I have iphones and macbooks as my main machines in my home, but it just sucks balls.

I ALWAYS go for the Roku 3.

6/6/2017 8:52:31 PM

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" I WANT to like my Apple TV's more, as I have iphones and macbooks as my main machines in my home, but it just sucks balls."


I'm not sure if I've mentioned yet but the new one is way better.

[Edited on June 6, 2017 at 9:40 PM. Reason : except getting rid of the optical audio out. that's annoying.]

6/6/2017 9:40:15 PM

El Nachó
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Rokus are for tech illiterate people who only want to watch Netflix.

Fire TVs are the current best way to go. Stick if you want to cheap out, actual FTV if you don't mind spending a little more for a better product. Add a $15 bluetooth controller and it also doubles as a surprisingly decent video game console for the kiddos. Install Kodi and have access to all the things for free and still be able to use your TV as a 2nd screen/mirror setup for your Mac or PC. Rokus do approximately none of that.

6/7/2017 10:52:27 PM

smoothcrim
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miracast is mostly garbage protocol. I wouldn't put that as a selling point for a firetv

6/8/2017 5:35:45 PM

El Nachó
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Fair enough, I haven't actually tried it with a PC. Airplay with a Mac/iPhone works flawlessly for me though. Just as good as an Apple TV.

6/8/2017 11:32:41 PM

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"Rokus are for tech illiterate people who only want to watch Netflix. "

6/19/2017 4:44:21 PM

El Nachó
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I mean, I guess they work fine for tech literate people to watch Netflix too.

6/21/2017 2:00:42 AM

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